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Eye Injury Forces Penguins Alum Carl Hagelin to Retire



Forward Carl Hagelin, a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2016 and 2017, has retired.

Hagelin announced his decision on Instagram, citing an injury to his left eye sustained when he was struck by a stick during a practice in March, 2022, while he was playing for Washington.

In addition to the Penguins and Capitals, Hagelin played for the New York Rangers, Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Then-GM Jim Rutherford acquired Hagelin from the Ducks on Jan. 16, 2016 for David Perron and Adam Clendening.

Hagelin was the left winger on the Penguins’ celebrated HBK Line, which included Nick Bonino at center and Phil Kessel on the right side.

Hagelin, whose primary asset was his speed, put up 27 goals and 56 assists in 195 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins over two-plus seasons. He was traded to the Kings for Tanner Pearson in November, 2018.

Hagelin’s career stats: 110 goals and 186 assists in 713 games.

Here is his retirement announcement: