The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have loaned forward Brandon Hagel to HC Thurgau of the Swiss League.
Hagel split the 2019-20 season between the Blackhawks and the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. He made his National Hockey League debut with the Blackhawks on March 11 vs. San Jose. The forward also skated in 59 contests with Rockford, recording a team-best 19 goals and 12 assists. His 31 points ranked third among IceHogs skaters.
Signed by the Blackhawks on Oct. 30, 2018, Hagel made his professional hockey debut with the IceHogs at the end of the 2018-19 season, tallying one assist in eight games. Hagel also played for Red Deer of the Western Hockey League during the 2018-19 campaign, recording a career-high 102 points (41G, 61A) in 66 games as an alternate captain for the Rebels. A native of Saskatoon, Hagel ranked among the WHL's top 10 skaters in goals (8th), assists (6th), points (4th), shots (3rd, 325) and plus/minus rating (9th, +42). Hagel registered four goals and two helpers in four playoff games with the Rebels that season as well.
Spanning four seasons (2015-19) with the Rebels, Hagel posted 279 points (103G, 176A) in 259 career games, while also totaling 30 points (17G, 13A) 33 WHL postseason contests. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2016 National Hockey League Draft.