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Carl Hagelin Retires: ‘My Eye Injury Is Too Severe To Keep Playing The Game I Love’



Washington Capitals' Carl Hagelin is shown during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File)

Carl Hagelin, who spent the past five seasons in the Washington Capitals organization, announced his retirement on Wednesday, citing an eye injury that sidelined him for the entire 2022-23 season.

Hagelin, 35, was struck by a stick during practice in March 2022.

Acquired by the Capitals in 2018, Hagelin tallied 66 points — 20 goals, 46 assists — in 187 games.

A sixth-round draft choice by the New York Rangers in 2007, Hagelin was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup teams in 2016 and 2017. He also played for the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in his 11-year NHL career.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.