BREAKING NEWS - 2x Stanley Cup Champion Announces Official Retirement

Published August 30, 2023 at 5:18 PM

Two-time Stanley Cup champion winger, Carl Hagelin, has officially announced his retirement from professional hockey at the age of 35, sharing the news through an Instagram post. This decision comes in the wake of the 2022-23 season where he was sidelined due to severe eye and hip injuries.

The Final Farewell

In a heartfelt statement, Hagelin expressed,
«It's been an amazing ride, but it ends here. Unfortunately, my eye injury is too severe to keep playing the game I love."
Despite his intention to return for the 2023-24 NHL season, the journey has taken an unexpected turn. His four-year, $11MM contract extension with the Washington Capitals, inked in 2019, concluded on July 1.

An Unconventional Path

Selected in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers, Hagelin took an atypical route for European prospects. He rapidly transitioned to North America, embarking on a successful four-year collegiate stint with the University of Michigan.

From college, Hagelin stepped into the NHL arena with the Rangers. An impactful rookie season saw him tally 38 points in 64 games, showcasing his two-way prowess and speed. While subsequent seasons saw steady production in the 30-40 point range, Hagelin's impact surpassed numbers, embodying a versatile middle-six forward.

Penguins' Playoff Hero

A defining chapter of Hagelin's career unfolded with the Penguins. He played a vital role in Pittsburgh's consecutive Stanley Cup victories in 2016 and 2017. The 2016 playoffs witnessed his substantial contribution alongside Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel, solidifying an iconic third line.

His journey led Hagelin to the Washington Capitals, where he excelled as a bottom-six scoring winger. With his retirement, a chapter closes on a championship-laden career.

A Farewell to the Ice

Carl Hagelin's departure from hockey marks a poignant moment. As he bids farewell to the ice, we extend our well-wishes for his recovery and honor his impactful journey, leaving an enduring mark on the sport he cherished.
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BREAKING NEWS - 2x Stanley Cup Champion Announces Official Retirement

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