Saturday, January 28, 2012
Hagelin Wins NHL Fastest Skater Competition
Rookie forward Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers, who played collegiately at the University of Michigan, won the Fastest Skater competition at the NHL All-Star Skills Challenge in Ottawa tonight. He completed the circuit in 13.218 seconds in the final against Ottawa's Colin Greening (13.303), a former Cornell University standout.
Hagelin, who played four years at Michigan (2007-2011) and helped the Wolverines to two Frozen Fours and one NCAA title game in his career, tallied 61 goals and 91 assists for 152 points in his collegiate career. A native of Sodertalje, Sweden, Hagelin made his professional debut last spring with Connecticut (AHL), where he also began the 2011-12 campaign.
Hagelin has posted 8-8—16 points in 29 NHL games with the Rangers, and will play for Team Alfreddson in Sunday's NHL All-Star Game.
Greening suited up for Cornell from 2006 to 2010, and collected 55-63—118 points in 137 career outings with the Big Red before apprenticing in Binghamton (AHL) to begin last season. He then joined Ottawa, notching 13 points in 24 games, and has 17 goals and 39 points in 52 contests so far this season with the Senators.
Greening, who hails from St. John's, Nfld. will skate for Team Chara on Sunday afternoon.