In the middle of the ASG Skills Competition I looked up and said, “Who the hell is that?” I knew Ryan Gosling was Canadian, but….
It was Carl Hagelin, of course.
The 23-year old Swede has 8 goals/10 assists in 31 games for the Rangers this season. He was a late addition to the ASG Rookie team when the Devils’ Henrique was injured, then promptly won the Fastest Skater Competition by beating Ottawa rookie Colin Greening. Yahtzee!
He was adorably excited to be included in the festivities and has excellent media training (says my inner publicist).
Also again, the hair. Paging Steven Stamkos.
Carl’s 23 is a little old for an NHL Rookie, but he took the time to graduate from the University of Michigan and win quite a few individual honors from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association [link]. Two weeks ago, Carl was profiled by The New York Times [link]. That is a big deal!
I picked this video because 1) the hair, 2) he rips Michigan State to make Gator mad and 3) he eats a banana in the only way appropriate for a guy to ever eat a banana. Well done, Carl. Note his excellent English – he credits (in the NYT feature) watching American TV in English with Swedish subtitles.
If you’re not convinced yet, he’s also on Twitter(@CarlHagelin). Anyone with a Zoolander quote is automatically +25 Foxy around the WUYS offices.
The East-leading Rangers host a Winter Classic re-match vs. the Flyers on Sunday at 1 PM. You can start your Super Bowl Party early by drinking every time a Foxy Friday touches the puck. Callahan, Boyle, Giroux, Hagelin… stick to beer, we think.
And just to send you off, here’s Carl holding a baby alligator.carl hagelin, New York Rangers