Hawgood spent his junior career with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, and made such an impression that the Blazers retired his #4 sweater. He has represented Canada twice at the World Junior Championships. On November 8, 2007, Hawgood was named head coach of the Blazers. Hawgood then moved to the position of Coach and finally Assistant Coach with the Kamloops Storm of the KIJHL. He started the 2009-2010 season as Head Coach, but lost that position due to the continued poor performance of the team. It was announced prior to the start of the 2010-2011 season that he would not be continuing with the team in any capacity.