Sweden is the land of blondes. Thus, blonde speed demon Carl Hagelin’s girlfriend Eric Uebel is blonde. In the European spirit, I’ve spelt “blonde” with an “e.” Erica was born in Stockholm, the modern Swedish capital and namesake of the syndrome whereby kidnapped persons empathize with their captors. She has one sister named Paulina, and neither one of them suffer from Stockholm syndrome (in case you were concerned).
Carl attended Michigan University and basically smoked everybody he played, winning a bunch of awards for being better than most any player. That’s how it usually goes when you’re gunning for the NHL. After getting drafted, he won the All-Star Fastest Skater Competition back in 2012, beating Colin Greening fairly easily. It’s a fun competition to watch because it’s a pure race, and he definitely flies on the ice. He may still be the fastest skater in the league. This playoffs, his speed has been on display a few times, particularly on breakaways. Carl had a nice rookie and sophomore year but lagged a little this season for some reason. Less IKEA comfort in his apartment? He’s making 2,250,000 bucks a year until 2015.
After signing with the Rangers, Erica decided to move to New York City to support him. I just want to reiterate that she did this willfully and of her own volition; not in any way kidnapped and taken there. Hey it’s New York City– some people have a hard time believing anyone would want to live here by choice. The Rangers are looking like they will make it to the Stanley Cup, so Erica may be drinking champagne out of Stanley’s mega-chalice soon.