Brandon Hagel enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, first Blackhawk on list since Feb. 13

Hagel was placed on the COVID-19 list Friday, one day after playing and scoring in the Hawks’ game against the Hurricanes. But his placement doesn’t necessarily mean he tested positive.

SHARE Brandon Hagel enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, first Blackhawk on list since Feb. 13
Brandon Hagel was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list Friday.

Brandon Hagel was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list Friday.

Nam Y. Huh/AP

For the first time since Feb. 13, the Blackhawks have a player on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.

Rookie forward Brandon Hagel was placed on the list Friday, one day after playing and scoring a goal in the Hawks’ 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes.

Placement on the COVID-19 list doesn’t necessarily mean Hagel tested positive, however. Contract tracing and unconfirmed results can also land a player on the list.

The Hawks held practice Friday with the rest of the team present. Philipp Kurashev moved into Hagel’s spot on the second line next to David Kampf and Dominik Kubalik, while Kirby Dach was elevated to first-line center between Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat.

This is the team’s first direct brush with COVID-19 since late January through the first half of February, when Alex DeBrincat, Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin, Ryan Carpenter and Lucas Wallmark all spent time on the list. Boqvist, Carpenter and Wallmark experienced bouts of the virus with mild symptoms while DeBrincat and Beaudin never actually tested positive.

Cases have rapidly declined over the past two months around the NHL but have begun to tick up again lately. The Canucks are currently experiencing an outbreak, with eight players reportedly testing positive Friday.

“We’re still in [the pandemic], no doubt,” coach Jeremy Colliton said. “[We’re] definitely moving closer hopefully to the end than the beginning at this point. Everyone can get excited about things happening. But just like everything else, you have to take it day to day.”

The Latest
Mervis entered Saturday with 35 home runs this season, tied with teammate Alexander Canario for third-most in the minors this season.
Pyne threw three touchdown passes and Notre Dame finally clicked on offense in a 45-32 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.
John Park, 18, was shot in the chest Saturday in the 5600 block of North St. Louis Avenue, police and the medical examiner’s office said.
A Guardians edge that has been unmistakable throughout the season is how hard they play for their manager.
The 26-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died, police said.