Blackhawks Release 3 Forwards From Camp

On Tuesday morning, the Blackhawks released forwards Radovan Bondra, Roy Radke and Hayden McCool from training camp.

Radka, 18, was the Hawks sixth round pick (164th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Bondra, 18, was the Hawks fifth round pick (151st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

McCool, 18, was  a free agent who will return to Windsor in the OHL. He went undrafted in June, but impressed as an invite at the Hawks’ rookie camp.

The team’s active roster now stands at 59, including 33 forwards, 21 defensemen and five goaltenders.

4 thoughts on “Blackhawks Release 3 Forwards From Camp

  1. OK, I’ll bite and ask “ What does release mean? ” for each of tbe three players. Are they still Black Hawks property? Where will they play this year?


  2. In this case, “release” means they’ve been cut loose from training camp, that’s all. Hayden McCool is not Blackhawk property, he was a free agent invitee to their prospect tournament, impressed there, and was invited to training camp. He is still eligible for the draft, much the same way Andrew Shaw was when he went undrafted for two straight years.

    Assuming how McCool does in juniors, it seems logical the Blackhawks will invest a pick on him if he’s available, meaning if some other team doesn’t grab him.

    Brandon Hope, the goaltender who played in the prospect tournament, was also released from training camp. He is no longer junior eligible and is going to play for a Canadian college team. He is not Blackhawk property either but I would assume they’ll follow his progress and possibly sign him as a free agent down the line if he shows well.

    As for Radke and Bondra, yes, they are Blackhawk property. They are just being reassigned to their junior teams.

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