Capitals lose Carl Hagelin indefinitely due to serious eye injury

Washington Capitals forward Carl Hagelin will be sidelined indefinitely by an injury to his left eye, the team announced Wednesday.

Hagelin sustained the injury when a stick struck him during a drill in practice on Tuesday. He did not participate in practice on Wednesday.

“I think any time you have an eye injury, there’s a concern,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “First and foremost there’s a concern for him and just his well-being. It’s unfortunate when something like that happens. And then secondly with regard to our team, he’s certainly a player that we’re going to miss. He’s counted on for a lot of different roles.”

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Carl Hagelin serious eye injury

“It’s a serious eye injury,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Wednesday. “I don’t know that we know the full extent of it yet. He has a meeting here this afternoon with a different eye doctor. He had surgery on it last night, and it’s to be determined what the next steps are here for him.”

Hagelin, 33, has recorded 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 53 games this season.

A two-time Stanley Cup winner, Hagelin has 296 points (110 goals, 186 assists) in 713 career games with the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Capitals.

–Field Level Media