Red Deer Rebels forward Brandon Hagel has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks announced the news Tuesday afternoon, securing the rights to the 20-year-old Morinville, Alta. product through the 2020-21 season.
Hagel has started the season on an offensive tear, posting 28 points (12G-16A) in 15 games with the Rebels, including two power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and one game-winning goal. Those totals have him tied for third in league scoring, third in goals and tied for sixth in assists.
The 6-foot-1, 173-pound forward has posted eight multi-point games this season and has 13 points (8G-5A) as part of an active six-game point streak. Hagel’s top accomplishment this season came on Friday, October 19, 2018 against the Edmonton Oil Kings, where he scored four goals in a 5-2 win.
Overall, Hagel has appeared in 208 WHL regular season games, posting 205 points (74G-131A), including 19 power-play goals, five short-handed goals, and 15 game-winning goals. In 29 career WHL playoff games, Hagel has added 24 points (13G-11A), including seven power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and three game-winning goals.
Hagel was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round, 159th overall, of the 2016 National Hockey League Draft. Most recently, he attended camp with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Blackhawks have a strong history of development from the WHL, including the likes of Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Dustin Byfuglien, and most recently, Henri Jokiharju.
The Rebels are back in action Saturday, November 3 (1:30 p.m. MT), heading south to take on the Calgary Hitmen.