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Experienced Player Hangs Up Skates Due to Ongoing Injuries


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Austin Sabourin
August 30, 2023  (8:30 PM)
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It's a story we've unfortunately seen play out multiple times this off-season – a stark reminder that a career in the National Hockey League (NHL) can come to an abrupt end. Once again, a player has been forced to hang up their skates early due to a significant injury that kept them out of action for the entire 2022-23 season.

This time, it's Carl Hagelin, a forward whose on-ice contributions were well-known. Hagelin has announced his retirement from the NHL, sharing the news on his Instagram account. A serious eye injury sustained last season has ultimately led him to make this tough decision.
In his own words:
"The journey has been incredible, but it's time for it to conclude. Unfortunately, my eye injury is too severe to allow me to keep playing the game I love. I'm beyond grateful for the moments hockey has given me, and every single day of this adventure has been a treasure. I'll miss the bond with my teammates, the daily battles, and the ups and downs of the season. There's nothing quite like stepping onto the ice, surrounded by 20,000 passionate fans.

I want to extend my thanks to my extraordinary teammates, coaches, doctors, and staff members who have been with me on this journey. And, of course, my deepest gratitude to my family, wife, and kids for their unwavering support. They've made it possible for me to chase and live my dream."

(Quote Source: https://twitter.com/ByMattWeyrich/status/1696980759314076040?s=20)
Hagelin, who recently celebrated his 35th birthday, concludes his remarkable 11-year NHL career with an impressive 713 games played. He left his mark while wearing the jerseys of the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, and Los Angeles Kings. His stats include 110 goals and 186 assists, contributing to a total of 296 points throughout his career.
Yet again, we're reminded that injuries can unexpectedly curtail a career. It's a stark reality in the NHL – a league where one's last day on the ice can arrive without warning.
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