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Announcement - Former Blackhawks Fan Favorite Returns to Chicago

Published November 16, 2023 at 11:24
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In a heartwarming reunion, former Chicago Blackhawks fan-favorite forward Brandon Hagel is set to return to the Windy City tonight, donning the jersey of the Tampa Bay Lightning. This marks another occasion where Hagel finds himself back in Chicago, and it's clear that the city holds a special place in his heart.

Despite facing his former team multiple times since his departure, Hagel's returns to Chicago are more than just professional obligations—they are a reflection of his genuine affection for the city. The talented forward expressed his sentiments, stating he returns to Chicago frequently even when he is not in town for a game:

"Definitely a soft spot. Everything I went through in my career, from Buffalo letting me go and my last year in junior, 20 years old, not sure what my future holds, and Chicago obviously gave me that opportunity to play here."

Chicago played a pivotal role in shaping Hagel's career trajectory, providing him with the platform to kickstart his professional journey. Reflecting on the significance of the city, he said:


"Basically started my career here, so definitely a soft spot, and I'm thankful for every opportunity they gave me. I have nothing but good things to say about the city, the fan base, the organization. They've treated me with nothing but class and obviously sent me to an amazing place as well."

As the puck drops tonight at 8 PM for the Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning matchup, Chicago fans can expect a nostalgic moment as they welcome back a player who left an indelible mark on their hearts.


Hagel's return is not just a game; it's a celebration of gratitude and fond memories in a city that he considers a second home.
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