Getting To Know: Carl Hagelin

The speedy member of the New York Rangers answers questions about his hockey inspirations, his favorite uniform and says the first time he ever stepped on the ice, he cried.

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.”

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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.”