Swedish Winger Carl Hagelin Retires from the NHL Because of an Eye Injury

(AP) Carl Hagelin has decided to retire from the NHL at age 35, citing an eye injury that has kept him out of game action for nearly a year and a half.

Hagelin has not played since taking an errant stick to his left eye during Washington Capitals practice on March 1, 2022. He underwent surgery, and the team immediately deemed it a serious injury with concern about Hagelin’s quality of life outside hockey.

The smooth-skating Swedish winger also had hip resurfacing surgery this past February. That followed arthroscopic surgery in October, which was an attempt to solve a chronic left hip injury.

Hagelin announced his decision in an Instagram post Wednesday, calling his career an amazing ride that ends here.

“Unfortunately my eye injury is too severe to keep playing the game I love,” he posted. “I want to thank all my amazing teammates, doctors and other staff members that I’ve met and played with throughout the years.”

Hagelin retires having won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins, back to back in 2016 and 2017.

A sixth-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2007, Hagelin impressed them during four years at the University of Michigan to earn a roster spot in the minors. He played only 17 games in the American Hockey League before getting called up to the NHL and lasted there for more than a decade.

Since making his debut in 2011, Hagelin played 854 regular-season and playoff games over 11 seasons with the Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Penguins and Capitals.

Penguins Beat Coyotes 4-1 to end 6-game slide

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby sends Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) to the ice as Penguins defenseman Ty Smith looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored two goals, Casey DeSmith stopped 23 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 to end a six-game losing streak. Pittsburgh fell into an early hole on Barrett Hayton’s first-period goal, but Guentzel scored twice in a little over three minutes in the second. Jason Zucker also scored, Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal and Sidney Crosby had two assists in Pittsburgh’s first win since Dec. 20. Karel Vejmelka had 24 saves for Arizona, which has lost five straight.


Kris Letang Scores In 3rd Game Since Stroke, Penguins Win

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel (59) is congratulated by left wing Brock McGinn (23) after scoring an empty net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. The Penguins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
By GEORGE RICHARDS Associated Press
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang scored in his third game back since having a stroke and the Penguins beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Thursday night. Letang had the stroke Nov. 28, returned to practice 10 days later and got back in the lineup Saturday against Buffalo. In the second period against Florida, Letang scored a short-handed goal off a breakaway pass from Bryan Rust to tie it at 1. Jake Guentzel scored twice and Evgeni Malkin added a power-play goal for the Penguins. They won for the seventh consecutive time and are 12-1-1 in their past 14 games. Tristan Jarry made 32 saves to win his sixth consecutive start. Ryan Lomberg and Sam Reinhart scored for Florida.

Malkin’s Late Goal Lifts Penguins Past Stars 2-1

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Pierre-Olivier Joseph (73) celebrates with Jeff Carter after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Pittsburgh, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puska
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin pounced on a loose puck and fired it into the net with 34 seconds remaining to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Dallas Stars 2-1. Malkin’s ninth goal of the year came after Bryan Rust’s shot attempt from in close was poke-checked away. While Rust’s momentum carried him into Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger, Malkin fired the puck into the open net to push Pittsburgh’s winning streak to six. Pierre-Olivier Joseph scored his first goal of the season for Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry stopped 26 shots to improve to 9-0-2 in his last 11 starts. Roope Hintz collected his 12th goal of the season for Dallas. Oettinger made 23 saves but had no chance on Malkin’s game-winner.

Penguins Letang Out Indefinitely After 2nd Stroke

FILE – Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang plays during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Boston. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke. General manager Ron Hextall announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, that the 35-year-old Letang had the stroke Monday. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke. General manager Ron Hextall announced Tuesday that the 35-year-old Letang had the stroke Monday. Letang was a last-minute scratch in a 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina with an undisclosed illness. The team said Letang is not experiencing “any lasting effects” and is undergoing testing. This is the second stroke Letang has suffered during his 17-year career. The three-time Stanley Cup champion missed more than two months in 2014 after a stroke, which doctors determined was caused by a small hole in the wall of his heart.

Pesce’s Winner in OT Lifts Hurricanes Past Penguins 3-2

Carolina Hurricanes’ Brett Pesce puts a shot behind Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry for the game-winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. The Hurricanes won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brett Pesce scored at the end of a two-on-none 2:20 into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. The Penguins forced the extra period on Jake Guentzel’s deflection with 58 seconds to go in regulation. The Hurricanes escaped with the victory on a breakaway that Pesce converted for his second goal of the season. Guentzel and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry stopped 36 shots but was left all alone on the sequence that ended with Pesce’s winner.

Labatt Blue Releases Limited Edition Pittsburgh Penguins Promo Packs Honoring Mike Lange

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(Buffalo, NY) L­abatt Blue today unveiled its limited-edition Pittsburgh Penguins packaging. These unique can designs feature phrases made popular by famed Penguins announcer Mike Lange.

Hockey enthusiasts and fans of the brand can pick up a 30-pack of 12 oz cans of Pittsburgh Penguins themed Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light or 15-pack of Labatt Blue at major retail locations and convenience stores throughout Pittsburgh. Individual 24 oz cans will be available at convenience stores.

“Penguins hockey means so much to Pittsburgh and Labatt beer drinkers,” said Corey Berger, associate brand manager, Labatt. “Through this program, we connect fans to their favorite team while they’re pre-gaming or cheering from their couch.”

In addition to the cans, a QR code on the outside package directs consumers to a Labatt Team Fan page, where fans can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a 2022/2023 Pittsburgh Penguins home game.  Eight winners will be selected randomly.

Over the last few years, Labatt has created custom NHL cans for teams including the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers. “The team designs are unique making these cans collectible,” said Berger.

Penguins C Evgeni Malkin plays in 1,000th NHL game

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO (AP) — Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin has played in his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 11th player to reach the milestone with the Penguins. Malkin made his debut with Pittsburgh on Oct. 18, 2006, scoring in the second period of a 2-1 loss to New Jersey. The center helped the Penguins to Stanley Cup titles in 2009, 2016 and 2017. It looked as if Malkin was going to try free agency for the first time last summer. But he decided to stay in Pittsburgh for a four-year contract worth $6.1 million annually. Now he joins teammate Sidney Crosby as the only players with 1,000 games for the Penguins.

Crosby Has 2 Goals, 2 Assists in Penguins’ 6-4 Win Over Wild

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) is congratulated by Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
By PATRICK DONNELLY Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby had two goals and two assists for a season-high four points and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 6-4 on Thursday night. Ryan Poehling, Kris Letang, Brock McGinn and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins and Tristan Jarry stopped 19 shots. Pittsburgh is 3-1-1 after losing seven straight. Joel Eriksson Ek scored twice and Brandon Duhaime and Matt Dumba added goals for the Wild. Filip Gustavsson, filling in for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, made 26 saves.

Murray Shines in Return to Pittsburgh as Leafs top Pens 5-2

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jason Zucker (16) can’t get his stick on the puck in front of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray (30) with Maple Leafs’ Rasmus Sandin (38) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Tavares scored his 400th goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs raced by the Penguins 5-2. Tavares became the 107th player in NHL history to reach 400 goals when he beat Casey DeSmith in the first period. Michael Bunting scored twice for the Maple Leafs, who won for the fifth time in seven games. Matt Murray stopped 34 shots in his first game against Pittsburgh, who he won a pair of Stanley Cups with earlier in his career. Sidney Crosby and Rickard Rakell scored for the Penguins.