Napanee’s Brandan Hagerman trades cleats for skates, signs with Raiders

A standout with the Napanee Express, Brendan Hagerman has signed with the Napanee Raiders for a second go-around with his hometown hockey team. File photo.

Adam Prudhomme

Multi-sport standout and hometown product Brandan Hagerman has signed with the Napanee Raiders Junior C hockey team for the upcoming season.

The right-winger will be 20-years-old by the time the puck drops on the 2020-21 PJCHL season.

Prior to playing Junior C Hagerman was a member of the Quinte Red Devils, scoring 12 goals with 11 assists in 34 games in 2016-17.

In 2017-18 he joined his hometown Raiders, picking up six goals with 10 assists in 29 games. He skated in 12 games in the 2018-19 season, scoring four goals with two assists.

In a press release the Raiders describe Hagerman as a “rugged forward who is a strong all-around athlete who brings exceptional leadership qualities and a proven record of success to our team. We expected he’ll be a key contributor moving forward.”

Napanee’s Brendan Hagerman (right) battles with the Jets’ Evan Hunt. Adam Prudhomme photo.

During a typical summer he can be found on the ball diamond, more specifically behind the plate. A star catcher with the Napanee Express fastpitch team, he helped the U-18 Express to national gold in 2018. He then went on to represent Team Canada at the World Junior Softball Championship in Prince Albert, Sask. later that same summer, helping Canada to a fourth place finish in the 13 team field. Just as capable with a bat in his hand as he is with a hockey stick, he hit .483 with a .500 OBP, driving in seven runs while scoring 11 and even mixing in four stolen bases at the international tournament. Behind the plate he caught teammate Riley Manion’s no-hitter against the Czech Republic.

Last November he was named Softball Canada’s Ethel Boyce Achievement Award winner and was also named to the 2020 Men’s National Team Pool of players.

There’s been no word yet on when the Raiders’ regular season will get underway. Prior to COVID-19, the season generally got underway in mid-September, though at this point it seems likely to be later this year. The 2019 Schmalz Cup champions last played in mid-March before Hockey Canada cancelled all games.

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