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Brandon Hagel
Born August 27, 1998 (1998-08-27) (age 23)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 159th overall, 2016
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2019–present

Brandon Hagel (born on August 27, 1998 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.

He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres 159th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[]

Early playing career[]

Brandon began his Bantam and Midget AAA ice hockey career with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMJHL). In spite of recording 41 points in 33 games during the 2012–13 AMJHL season, he was overlooked in the 2013 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam draft for being too slight.

Following this, he finished third in the AMJHL in scoring and was named to the Second All-Star Team. He finished his Bantam and Midget career playing with the Whitecourt Wolverines and recording one goal and two assists in two games.

Major junior[]

On September 17, 2015, Brandon was signed as a free agent by the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League (WHL). In his rookie season with the team, he helped lead them to the 2016 Memorial Cup against the London Knights and earned a final ranking of 104th overall by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

Prior to the 2017–18 season, he participated in both the Rebels and Sabres' training camps. During a scrimmage with the Rebels, Hagel suffered a knee-on-knee injury and was expected to be returned to the WHL to complete the season.

In spite of this, he was named an alternate captain and recorded three goals and two assists in back-to-back games against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Although he was healthy to begin the season, he experienced an upper body injury and missed six weeks to recover.

By June 1, 2018, the Sabres were unable to sign Brandon to a contract and relinquished their rights to him, allowing him to become eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He was subsequently invited to the Montreal Canadiens training camp on a tryout basis, but began the 2018–19 season with the Rebels.

After recording 30 points in 19 games, Brandon signed a three-year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $925,000. He continued his success through his final season in the WHL where he set a new franchise record for most assists and was selected for the WHL Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team. He surpassed Arron Asham's 161 former franchise assist record on February 9, 2019, in a game against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

On March 1, 2019, he scored his 100th WHL point and 38th goal of the season in a 7–4 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Professional[]

After the Rebels were knocked out of the 2019 WHL playoffs, Brandon joined the Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, for eight games and recorded one point. He attended the Blackhawks training camp prior to the 2018–19 season but was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs to begin the 2018–19 season.

On March 11, 2020, he made his NHL debut on March 11, 2020, the day before the NHL season was postponed due to COVID-19. With the following 2020–21 NHL season to be delayed, he was loaned to second tier Swiss League club, HC Thurgau, on September 30, 2020.

On February 21, 2021, Brandon scored his first NHL career goal in a 6-5 shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL career in a 4-3 overtime win against the Blue Jackets on April 12, 2021.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Whitecourt Wolverines AJHL 6 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Whitecourt Wolverines AJHL 3 1 2 3 2
2015–16 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 13 34 47 46 17 1 9 10 18
2016–17 Red Deer Rebels WHL 65 31 40 71 85 7 7 1 8 10
2017–18 Red Deer Rebels WHL 56 18 41 59 45 5 5 1 6 16
2018–19 Red Deer Rebels WHL 66 41 61 102 80 4 4 2 6 8
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 8 0 1 1 2
2019–20 Rockford IceHogs AHL 59 19 12 31 39
2019–20 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2020–21 HC Thurgau SL 14 8 7 15 8
2020–21 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 9 15 24 11
NHL totals 53 9 15 24 11

Personal Life[]

Brandon was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, but was raised in Morinville, Alberta, Canada.

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