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Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 11:18 a.m.

Former Michigan hockey star Carl Hagelin finds his way for New York Rangers

By Staff

Former Michigan hockey star Carl Hagelin was the New York Rangers' final cut in training camp.


Former Michigan standout Carl Hagelin leaves the ice at Yost with the Swedish flag presented to him by the Yost student section. “Having the flag at games made me feel at home,” Hagelin told the New York Times. “Getting it as a gift after my last game, that’s the kind of gesture you never forget.” (Martin Vloet | University of Michigan photo services)

Martin Vloet | University of Michigan photo services

He didn't stay in the minors for long.

Hagelin was called up to New York on Nov. 25, and it doesn't look like he's going back down anytime soon.

“I put him on lines and he ignites those lines with his speed,” Rangers coach John Tortorella told the New York Times. “It’s dog on bone.”

Hagelin has provided a boost to the Eastern Conference leading Rangers. Just as unexpected as Hagelin's contributions, has been his journey from Sweden to New York by way of Ann Arbor.

Hagelin is taking nothing for granted.

“I was hoping to play a few N.H.L. games this year,” Hagelin told the Times. “Getting a place in New York won’t change my mind-set. I have to prove every day that I belong here.”