Ulf Is Dirty and He Knows It
You MIGHT think that asking NHL players to name the league's dirtiest player would be like asking U.S. senators and representatives to single out Congress's sleaziest politician, i.e., you would get a lot of different answers. But this week's poll revealed a clear choice: New York Ranger defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Twenty-six of the 56 veteran players who responded chose Samuelsson. Claiming dubious silver medal honors was Edmonton Oiler defenseman Bryan Marchment, with nine votes.
"Samuelsson hits low and dirty, hides behind his face shield and doesn't fight to back it up," said one Central Division player of the oafish Ulf. Adds another from die Pacific: "You watch—he'll go after [former Pittsburgh Penguin teammate] Mario Lemieux this year. That's how bad he is." Even Marchment was judged by Samuelssonian standards: "Marchment is to players in the West what Samuelsson is to players in the East."
And how did our winner respond to the poll? Said Samuelsson, "Can you vote for yourself?" That's 27 votes for the Dean of Mean.