Hale played 129 games with North Melbourne, before crossing to Hawthorn in 2011, where he won three premierships in 108 games with the Hawks.
The 31-year-old battled groin injuries for most of the year and fought off rival ruckman Jonathon Ceglar to claim his third premiership.
Hale was selected with the No. 7 pick in the 2001 National Draft, before being traded to Hawthorn for pick No. 27 (Kieran Harper) and No. 71 (Ben Mabon)