Lake Superior defenseman Ryan Baird is retiring from hockey due to a recurring shoulder injury. Baird will return to his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario where he works as an electrician. It's always a shame to see a player forced to give up the game prematurely. I wish Baird all the best in the future.
Meanwhile, Minnesota defenseman Nate Hagemo, who was forced into early retirement last fall with a nagging shoulder injury is trying to make another comeback. It would be great to see Hagemo back on the ice, as he was an extremely talented player, but I'd be surprised if he did come back. I'm not a doctor, but it seems to me that if his shoulder hadn't healed 18 months after the injury occurred, another 12 months probably wouldn't change much. Stranger things have happened though, and I wish him the best as he tries to come back.