The Wolverine

December 2015 Issue

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BY MICHAEL SPATH A bout three miles west of the Anaheim Ducks' Honda Center, families flock to Disneyland, home to Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, a magical castle, rides and childhood characters galore. Signing a four-year free-agent deal, worth $16 million, with the Ducks Aug. 14, Carl Hagelin finds himself in appropriate surround- ings, his hockey career living out like the imaginary fairytales Disney is famous for conjuring up. In his relatively young hockey ca- reer — he is still only 27 years old — Hagelin has played in two Frozen Fours (2008 and 2011), participated in an Olympics (2014) for his home country Sweden and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals (2014) with the New York Rangers. His life might look a lot different today had he followed his friends' lead back in Sweden, choosing to turn pro when they were 17. Hage- lin, however, had been contacted by Bemidji State University, and with the support of his parents, he enter- tained the idea of leaving home to play and go to school in the United States. "I saw an opportunity to get a re- ally good degree and play hockey   WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Carl Hagelin Has Thrived At Every Level Of Hockey After four seasons with the New York Rangers — where he played in 266 regular-season games, and tallied 58 goals and 72 assists — Hagelin is in his first year with the Anaheim Ducks. PHOTO BY JAMIE KELLNER

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