The Chicago Blackhawks made their first roster cut of training camp, sending goaltender Alexis Gravel back to the QMJHL to the Halifax Mooseheads. Gravel did not play in any preseason games for Chicago.
Blackhawks assign Gravel; heads back to Halifax Mooseheads
An intriguing prospect in net for Chicago, Gravel played well throughout the summer and impressed during prospect camp and the Traverse City rookie tournament. In two appearances for the Blackhawks rookies in Traverse City, Gravel won both games and posted a .915 save percentage in those two contests.
While Gravel did not see action during any of the Blackhawks’ preseason games, he will return to the Mooseheads as the No. 1 option in net and has an opportunity to be in the mix for Team Canada at this year’s World Junior Championships. Gravel is entering his fourth season with Halifax and is coming off his best season in juniors in 2018–19. Last season, Gravel backstopped the Mooseheads to the best record in the QMJHL Eastern Conference and led them to the QMJHL Finals and the Memorial Cup Final as the tournament hosts. Gravel posted career highs in save percentage (.913) and goals against average (2.49) with Halifax last season.