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"SIGNIFICANT" INJURY WON'T HOLD KYLE HAGEL DOWN

"SIGNIFICANT" INJURY WON'T HOLD KYLE HAGEL DOWN

The following article appeared on www.gocheckers.com on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 featuring former Princeton standout and current member of the Charolette Checkers Kyle Hagel, who is not letting an injury hold him down.

By Nicholas Niedzielski

Despite what you might guess, it wasn’t a punch that forced Kyle Hagel off the ice for a large chunk of the 2016-17 campaign. It was an errant puck.

At a practice in early February, the veteran forward was struck in the face with a shot, putting him on a long road to recovery.

“It was challenging,” said Hagel of dealing with the injury. “It was a significant injury and I was just starting to be ready to come back and then it got infected. So I had to spend an extra two nights in the hospital and reset everything again. So that slowed down the process a little bit. It took a couple of months and I still can’t quite chew properly yet but I’m sure that’ll come around eventually. It’s just a part of hockey.”

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