Forward Carl Hagelin, who was announcing his retirement from the NHL earlier this week due to an eye injury, was a rarity in terms of hockey players in that he was a Swedish talent who would play in Michigan, but not for the Detroit Red Wings.
An iconic NHL franchise in Sweden, from Nicklas Lidstrom to Henrik Zetterberg to Niklas Kronwall, and even the ultimate Swedish hockey legend Borje Salming, it seems like almost all of the Swedish hockey greats at some point found their way to Hockeytown.
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— NHLPA (@NHLPA) August 31, 2023
That was certainly the case for Hagelin. However, his time skating in the Wolverine State was spent playing for the NCAA Michigan Wolverines. Left-winger Hagelin was performing for the Wolverines from 2007-11. His teammates at Michigan would include Max Pacioretty and former Red Wings Luke Glendening and Jon Merrill.
Hagelin spent 11 NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
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Red Wings Offseason
Several Red Wings regular-season games are now showing new start times.
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— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 30, 2023
Road games at New Jersey (Oct. 12), Buffalo (Dec. 5), St. Louis (Dec. 12) and Carolina (Mar. 28), as well as a Dec. 14 home date against the Hurricanes, will all now be getting underway at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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