The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Brandon Hagel (HAY-guhl) from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and placed forward Dylan Strome on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 7 (right ankle).
Hagel, 21, had a team-leading 13 goals and added eight assists in 38 games with Rockford this season. Signed by the Blackhawks on Oct. 30, 2018, he made his professional hockey debut with the IceHogs at the end of the 2018-19 season, tallying one assist in eight games.
Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2016 National Hockey League Draft, Hagel 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 served as an alternate campaign for each of his final two seasons with Red Deer.
Strome has 30 points (10G, 20A) in 40 games this season.
The Blackhawks travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena. That game can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago, streamed on NBCSportsChicago.com and on the My Teams by NBC Sports app and heard on WGN Radio.