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Report: Carl Hagelin will play in Sweden

Sep 29, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers checks Peter Harrold #10 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.
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With NHL players locked out, Carl Hagelin will play for his hometown of Sodertalje, Sweden, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

Sodertalje was relegated to HockeyAllsvenskan in 2011, which means that they’re now playing in the second highest tier of Swedish hockey.

Hagelin began his pro career last season after spending four seasons with the University of Michigan. He ended up with 14 goals and 38 points in 64 games with the New York Rangers. He ranked sixth among all rookies in points and lead the rookie class with a plus-21 rating.

He was also handed a three-game suspension after he elbowed fellow Swedish player Daniel Alfredsson in the head.

He got a healthy amount of playing time during the Rangers’ run to the Eastern Conference finals and is expected to continue to play a significant role with New York when the lockout ends.

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