Storm send Hawel to Kitchener for draft picks

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm have traded overage forward Liam Hawel to the Kitchener Rangers for four conditional draft picks.

The Storm received second- and 15th-round picks in the 2020 OHL draft as well as second- and third-round picks in the 2023 OHL draft.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hawel was a first-round selection of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2015, but was dealt to the Storm in January of 2016.

“Liam has been an important part of this team and our championship last year,” Storm general manager and head coach George Burnett said in a news release. “It was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision for Liam and our club at this time.”

Hawel had four goals and nine assists in 24 playoff games last season after compiling 37 goals and 41 assists in the 66-game regular season. In 186 regular-season and playoff games with the Storm, Hawel had 61 goals (16 on the power play and five game-winners), 91 assists and 101 penalty minutes.

He’s the second player from last season’s championship-winning season who is in his overage season this season to be traded by the Storm. They sent goaltender Anthony Popovich to the Flint Firebirds two weeks ago for third- and fifth-round picks in next year’s draft.

The Storm are to open their regular season Friday when they host the Ottawa 67’s at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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