Brandon Hagel has inked his first NHL contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The former Fort Saskatchewan Bantam and Midget AAA Ranger is off to an incredible start to the season with the Red Deer Rebels, tallying 28 points in 15 games.
"It’s pretty surreal. A dream come true. There's no words to explain right now just so much excitement and happiness," said Hagel. "I'm just trying to do what I can on the ice and it's working out pretty good this year."
In 2016, he was a sixth round pick by the Buffalo Sabres, but went unsigned.
"Obviously I was pretty down when I found out it wasn't happening, but it's happened to me before. I was never drafted into the Western Hockey League either. It was my goal was to prove them wrong and I think I did a pretty good job at it,"
Hagel has 205 regular season points and 24 playoff points in his Western Hockey League career, all with the Rebels.
The Morinville product is looking to become the town's third NHL player, following the footsteps of Jason Holland (New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings) and Bryce Van Brabant (Calgary Flames).