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Carl Hagelin Wins Fastest Skater Event At 2012 NHL Skills Competition

New York Rangers rookie left winger Carl Hagelin narrowly defeated Ottawa's Colin Greening in the finals of the Fastest Skater event of the 2012 NHL Skill Competition on Saturday.

Hagelin, a member of Team Alfredsson, was the fastest skater in the qualifying round with a time of 12.963 seconds, just .03 seconds better than Greening. The two squared off in the finals of the event, and again Hagelin bested Greening with a time of 13.218 seconds to Greening's 13.303.

The 23-year-old Hagelin was one of 12 rookies invited to the All Star festivities, and he'll skate for Team Alfredsoon when the puck drops Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Originally a 2007 sixth-round pick by New York, Hagelin has 16 points in his inaugural NHL campaign, and the Rangers lead the Eastern Conference with 66 points.

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