Underneath the tattoos

Underneath the tattoos, the story behind Brandon Hagel and finding his new comfort zone

TAMPA - Brandon Hagel arrived in Tampa in March to join the Tampa Bay Lightning on the march to a Stanley Cup Final.
Hagel played a key role, taking on the defensive assignments throughout most of the playoffs. It was a different role than where he came from in Chicago when he was in an offensive role and played on both special teams units.
But that wasn't the only part that was different for Hagel, who found his life turned upside down off the ice coming to a new city.
Living out of a hotel and an apartment for months led to a feeling of isolation while thousands of miles away from family and...


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