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Former Rangers goalie Opilka retiring from hockey

He is still recovering from a second hip surgery
Luke Opilka
Photo from the Kitchener Rangers

At only 21 years of age, Luke Opilka is hanging up the pads.

On Monday, the former Kitchener Rangers goalie announced he was retiring from professional hockey.

"I want to thank the St. Louis Blues, my hometown team, for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to pursue my dream," Opilka said in a release.

"Unfortunately, my career ended sooner than I hoped, but I'm excited to continue my education and begin a new chapter in my life." he added.

Opilka was a fifth round draft pick of his hometown Blues in 2015.

He spent two seasons in Kitchener, posting a 40-24 and 6 record.

Opilka is also still recovering from a second hip surgery.

He was diagnosed with hip dysplasia while he was with the Rangers.

Blair Adams

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