Getting To Know: Carl Hagelin

Mark Malinowski

Status: New York Rangers left winger

Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 176 pounds

DOB: Aug. 23, 1988 In: Sodertalje, Sweden

First Hockey Memory: “Stepping on the ice, started crying right away. When I was four. I didn’t like it at all. My dad took me to McDonald’s after, gave me a burger. I was happy. That’s my first memory.”

Hockey Inspirations: “I think my dad, growing up. My brother was a really good player, he’s four years older than me. My dad was a coach. The two of them obviously helped me learn the game. And how to play it the right way.”

Last Book Read: “Mafia.”

Current Car: “Right now I’m driving a Ford Explorer.”

First Famous Hockey Player You Met Or Encountered: “I think…famous…Red Berenson, Michigan.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning Game 7 against Washington.”

Most Painful Moment: “Losing against New Jersey.”

Most Memorable Goal: “I think my first goal in the NHL against Philly (2011).”

Funniest Player Encountered: “Del Zotto (smiles).”

Closest Hockey Friends: “I don’t know, I have a lot of Swedes from back home. It’s tough to say.”

Fiercest Competitor(s) Encountered: “I know Peter Forsberg is, but I never played against him. But I met him.”

Favorite Uniforms: “The Rangers. And Michigan.”

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “I think it’s just the intensity of the game.”

Strangest Game: “Strangest…I can’t think of any.”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Tennis.”

Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: “Federer. Ibrahimovic. And Nadal too.”
People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Honesty is the main thing. Kindness. And I think hard working people. I like those.”