Bienne signed the Swede David Ullström until the end of this season in order to strengthen their roster. And so, also Antti Törmänen can now count on five import players. David Ullström is a 30 years old forward and is a very interesting player. Moreover, and that’s important, he is a winner.
Let’s get to know more about him.
Date of birth: 22 aprile 1989
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David Ullström was born on April 22nd, 1989, in Jönköping (Sweden), the city of HV71, a 4 times SHL title winners this century. And it’s right in the HV71 youth organization that David developed as a player until he made his debut with the first team. His debut came during the 2007-08 season, when the head coach of HV71 was a certain Kent Johansson, legend of the “Grande Lugano” in the late 80s.
THE DRAFT AND THE NORTH AMERICAN TIME
At the end of the 2007-08 season, David Ullström was drafted during the 4th round in 102nd overall position by the New York Islanders. From that moment on, he transferred to North America where he played for three seasons. Firstly, he played a full season with the Islanders farm team – the Bridgeport Sound Tigers – and then during the two following seasons he played both in the AHL (76 appearances, 58 points) and in the NHL (52 appearances, 14 points) always for the franchise based in the “big apple”.
THE RETURN ON THIS SIDE OF THE OCEAN
After the three seasons spent in North America, David Ullström signed a contract with Lokomotiv Jaroslav (KHL) in the summer of 2013, but after only 18 games and 4 points, the Swede forward trasnferred to Lev Praha for the remainder of the campaign. Anyway, David remained in the KHL until 2016, where he wore the jerseys of Severstal Cherepovets, Sibir Novosibirsk and Dinamo Minsk tallying 80 points in 169 games. After that, he came back to Sweden for the last part of the 2016-17 season and came back “home” to his HV71 where he remained also the following season.
NORTH AMERICA AGAIN, AND THEN KHL AGAIN
After five seasons in Europe, David Ullström moved back across the ocean and he signed a 1-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes in the summer of 2018. Unfortunately he immediately got injured, and then played the second part of the season in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners (29 appearances, 23 points). Considering then that he was unable to break into the most prestigious league of the world, David Ullström came back to the KHL this last summer and signed a contract with Dinamo Riga… after 11 games in Latvia (5 points) finally, he received a call from Switzerland and more precisely from Bienne. Where he’ll play the rest of the current season.
David Ullström was considered a very intriguing prospect and is a player with a very good size (192cm, 88kg).
We wanted to get to know more about him, so we got in touch with someone who’s been following him from close in the recent past.
We had therefore the pleasure to meet again with Mattias Ek, journalist at “Hockeynews.se”. Below, his impression on David Ullström.
You know, when it comes to David Ullström he has spent most of his career outside Sweden playing in North America and the KHL. But when he was playing back home in HV71 he was a solid forward whether playing as a centre or as a wing. He has a good shot, skates well and can score goals. When he played in HV71 in 2017/2018 he was mostly used as a centre, winning about 60% of the faceoffs. Ullström was used on the powerplay where he scored 1 goal and 11 assists in 47 games. He hardly played on the penalty kill at all.
He won two championships with his youth team HV71, both in 2010 and in 2017.
I guess being able to play in different offensive roles will make him really useful in Biel. Ullström became a father this spring and playing in Switzerland is pretty much ideal for family life. At least, so I have been told by Swedish players who’ve enjoyed their time in your great country.
Thank you very much, Mattias!
There are several reasons that suggest us that David Ullström can become a very precious player for Bienne. First of all, he’s an excellent face off man… and it’s worth mentioning that in this regard the Seeländers are currently the worst team of the league. Moreover, he can play an important role during power-play opportunities. Without forgetting that thanks to his size he can seriously help Antti Törmänen’s troops. We think that there are no players with the characteristics of David Ullström in Bienne, therefore the Finnish coach can enjoy a new excellent weapon.
Welcome to Switzerland, David!
* Both in the HV71 juniors and then in the first team, David Ullström played alongside Mattias Tedenby. The latter is one of the new import players of Davos for the current season. When he was in the New York Islanders franchise, moreover, both in the AHL and in the AHL David Ullström played also alongside “our” Nino Niederreiter.
In Russia on the other hand, David had the chance to play alongside other players who played in our National League. We name Andreas Thuresson (former SCL Tigers) and Adam Almqvist (former Bern).
When he moved back to Sweden for the 2017-18 season then, David played alongside – other than Mattias Tedenby again – Max Wärn, the new import player of Lausanne.
* David Ullström scored his first NHL point on November 29th, 2011. That day, he assisted Brian Rolston when the New York Islanders earned a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres. To note that during that game also “our” Mark Streit and Nino Niederreiter were in the Islanders’ line up.
Few days later instead, on December 6th, 2011, David scored his first NHL goal. Also in this case, Mark Streit was in the Islanders’ line up That day, the New York Islanders earned a 5-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning and David Ullström scored the 4th goal of his team assisted by Bailey and Staios. As a fun fact, that same day – Tuesday, December 6th 2011, Bienne hosted Lugano at the Eisstadion… and earned a 4-3 win thanks to the goals scored by Sébastien Bordeleau, Marco Truttmann, Ahren Spylo and Clarence Kparghai.
* As we said, David Ullström was born on April 22nd, 1989. Curiously enough, it’s the exact same date of birth of Elias Bianchi, the current captain of Ambrì-Piotta.