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New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin Named to Rookie All-Star Game

New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin has been selected for the 2012 NHL Rookie All-Star Game.
New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin has been selected for the 2012 NHL Rookie All-Star Game.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Rob WatersCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2012

New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin has been selected to attend the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, Canada. 

The NHL made the formal announcement earlier today after Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils both reported that they will skip the rookie All-Star Game due to injury.

Henrique is suffering from a sore groin and Larsson a sore wrist.  Both players spoke to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and informed him of their decisions.

Lamoriello was understanding and respected the decision of both Devils.

"I commend having a young player make a decision like that," Lamoriello said.

Hagelin, a Connecticut Whale call-up earlier this season, has played in 29 games for the Rangers so far, with 8 goals and 8 assists. 

He is currently a plus-13 and has lately been paired on the first line with Marian Gaborik and Derek Stepan.

Hagelin was drafted in the sixth round (No.168) of the 2007 Entry Draft.

Four players of the New York Rangers will now attend the NHL All-Star Game weekend: goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Dan Girardi and wingers Gaborik and Hagelin.

Rangers head coach John Tortorella was also selected to be an assistant coach for the All-Star game.

It will be Hagelin and Girardi's first All-Star game appearance, and Tortorella's first All-Star coaching opportunity.

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