Carl Soderberg Announces Retirement from NHL

Carl Soderberg retired from the NHL early on Thursday. The 37-year-old center from Malmo, Sweden played nine seasons in the NHL. Soderberg was drafted by the St. Louis Blues as the 19th pick in the 2nd round of the 2004 NHL draft. The Swedish center was playing for Malmo IF in the SEL when he was taken as the 49th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

Soderberg had an uphill battle joining the NHL due to an unusual injury he sustained in 2006. While playing in the SEL, Soderberg was the victim of a high stick that would lead to a detached retina. Soderberg spent three months in the hospital recovering from the high stick but would return to playing hockey within a year. Despite being legally blind in his left eye, Soderberg showed great drive and resilience throughout his career.

Soderberg played for four different organizations over his career in the NHL. His first NHL start was during the 2012-2013 season with the Boston Bruins. After three seasons with Boston, Soderberg would play the next four years as a member of the Colorado Avalanche. While in Colorado, Soderberg played in all but 7 regular season games. In the 2019-2020 season, Soderberg would play 70 games for the Arizona Coyotes. Soderberg’s last season in the NHL would start with 34 games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Then Soderberg would return to Colorado after a trade from Chicago in April of 2021.

Carl Soderberg retired having tallied 110 goals, 187 assists, totaling 297 points. Soderberg’s best statistical season came in his first year in 2015-2016, his first year with Colorado. That season, Soderberg had a career-high 39 assists. Paired with 12 goals, Soderberg earned 51 points in 82 games. Soderberg’s highest-scoring season was his last full year with the Avalanche. Playing in all 82 games, Soderberg scored 23 goals during the 2018-2019 season. Since 2021, Carl Soderberg has been playing for the Malmo Redhawks in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Congratulations to Carl Soderberg, and well wishes in retirement.

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