Paige Michalchuk and Hazel Aden were best friends by the first season of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Though usually in Paige's shadow, Hazel was no pushover. On more than one occasion, she stood up to her best friend and did her best to keep Paige's mean girl attitude in check. Hazel was always ready to offer Paige words of advice and support throughout her many ordeals. Although Paige's first girlfriend Alex Nuñez threatened to drive a wedge between Hazel and Paige, their friendship prevailed right up until graduation.
In Rumours and Reputations, after Terri MacGregor overheard Emma Nelson and Manny Santos talking about Liberty Van Zandt and Mr. Armstrong having a secret relationship, she tells Paige. Paige text messaged Hazel saying that Mr. Armstrong was a pedophile and was taking advantage of Liberty. Hazel was in shock. Hazel was later seen talking to someone on the phone about it, although she exaggerated. Sean Cameron overheard her and told Spinner Mason, which he likewise exaggerated. Spinner than told Jimmy Brooks. He exaggerated the most, stating that Liberty and Mr. Armstrong are having sex which Jimmy told Ashley Kerwin. Ashley ended up telling Liberty. (This episode marked Hazel's first appearance)
In Wannabe, Paige is finally accomplishing her goal of starting a Degrassi Spirit Squad. Liberty is interviewing her, Hazel and Oskar about their idea on starting it. The three say it's good exercise, builds leadership skills and boosts school spirit. Liberty thanks them and leaves. When Manny shows up and is able to do a cartwheel, Paige and Hazel ask her if she wants to do a cartwheel.
Later in the episode, Paige and Hazel invite Manny to hang out with them. When Emma finds out that Manny hung out with them, she writes an article about how cheerleading is sexist in the school newspaper, The Degrassi Grapevine. Paige and Hazel begin to tear out the articles and ask Manny to join them. She reluctantly agrees. When Mr. Simpson confronts the Spirit Squad, Paige says she thought Hazel had something to do with it. It is unknown if Hazel ever found out Paige ratted her out.
In Jagged Little Pill, Ashley invites Paige, Hazel and Terri to her house. When Jimmy and Spinner show up (along with a few other people), it turns into a party. When Ashley calls Paige a hag, Hazel leaves, as does everyone else except for Terri.
In Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Paige and Hazel are seen at the Senior Dance together, having a good time.In Shout (1), with Paige being captain of Degrassi's Spirit Squad, she gets an in-depth look at all the soccer players, including the players on the opposing team, like Dean. After Degrassi wins their soccer game, Dean invites Paige and Hazel over to a party later that night. Unfortunately, Paige had already promised Spinner (who had a major crush on Paige) that she'd see a movie with him. To solve that problem, Paige cancels on Spinner by telling him that her grandmother is in the hospital, and then she then heads over to Dean's party. Once at the party, Paige and Dean get really close until they go upstairs and Dean rapes Paige. The next day at school was especially difficult for Paige when she is confronted by Spinner, who accuses her of lying and doesn't know that Dean raped her, so Paige slaps him and runs into the bathroom. Paige tearfully admits that her encounter with Dean wasn't consensual. Hazel tells Paige that she must get help after what has happened to her.
In Shout (2), Hazel is still the only person to know about Paige's rape. But when Terri tells Paige one morning about a band competition, Paige then tries to ignore her problem and focus on restarting her old band, Paige Michalchuk and the Sex Kittens (PMS), this time Hazel is to replace Ashley. But when the lyrics and singing aren't working for the group, Paige decides to ask Ashley if she could make the lyrics real and something that actually concerns someone. PMS preforms at the concert, where Dean happens to be at. Their song, which is about rape, causes Dean to leave. Than Paige does what Hazel and Ashley have told her to do the whole time-seek counseling.
In Mirror in the Bathroom, Paige and Hazel notice Terri's sudden windfall of expensive things, like a new cell phone. They are initially suspicious and think that Terri has been stealing, until they see her in an advertisement for a national plus-sized modeling campaign. As Paige, Hazel and Spinner congratulate Terri, a boy named Mohammed walks by and mocks her weight. Later in the episode, Terri confronts him, and Paige and Hazel congratulate her.
In Don't Believe the Hype, Paige and Hazel are seen giving out Fashion Passes together. When Hazel bullies Fareeza, Paige says that she went too far. When Hazel reveals she's a Muslim, Paige is supportive of her.
In Relax, Terri who has a liking for psychic readings finds something very interesting while reading Paige's palm—that Paige has no life line meaning that she's going to die. So Paige and Hazel look up Palmistry on the net and find that Terri should have read Paige's right hand (her dominant hand) and not her left. Terri than begins to do things for Paige believing she is going to die but instead of telling Terri, Paige decides to let her believe she is going to die.
In How Soon is Now?, Hazel comforts Paige when Dean comes back to haunt her.
In Tears Are Not Enough (2), Paige and Hazel were both concerned about Craig Manning after the death of his father Albert Manning. The two of them, Spinner and Jimmy are later seen at the dance together. The two couples compete to be named luau king and queen but Paige regretted taking it so seriously after Craig had a breakdown at the dance.
Season 3In Pride (1), Paige, Spinner, Jimmy, Hazel, Ellie Nash and Marco Del Rossi are driven to the beach by Paige's elder brother Dylan Michalchuk. Paige and Hazel were both dismissive of Dylan's suggestion that Marco may be gay.
In Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Hazel attended Paige's "surprise" 16th birthday party.
In Don't Dream It's Over, Paige is telling Hazel, Jimmy and Spinner about her parents lending her the van for the weekend, and they can all go to the park. Terri comes in and is disappointed as she doesn't have anyone to go with. Paige suggests Terri bring someone and she happily agrees.
Later, Spinner, Paige, Jimmy and Hazel are eating at The Dot when Terri comes in with Rick. All of them can't believe their eyes. Then Rick and Terri go have something to drink. They decide to bring Rick along for the ride. When Rick pushes Terri and puts her into a coma, Paige and Hazel, being Terri's closest friends, are very upset. They decide to make her a big "Get Well" card, and have everyone sign it.
In The Power Of Love, Spinner, Paige, Jimmy, and Hazel go to the dance together, and have a great time.
Season 4In Ghost in the Machine (2), Hazel comforts Paige after she lost her case against her rapist Dean Walton.
In King of Pain, Paige and Hazel both supported Marco's campaign to become Student Council President.
In Mercy Street, the two of them, along with the rest of the school, bully Rick because of what he did to Terri.
In Islands in the Stream, Hazel shows Paige the picture of Spinner flirting with Manny at the car wash. After Spinner and Craig get into a fight over Manny, Paige decides to end it with Spinner.
In Time Stands Still (2), in a tragic shooting that took place at Degrassi, Jimmy was shot and paralyzed from the waist down. Paige and Hazel, along with a few others, are seen visiting him at the hospital. They are both saddened to hear the news about Jimmy, and Paige comforts her.
In Neutron Dance, Paige joins Hazel at yoga class, and develops a crush on Matt Oleander, Degrassi's new Teaching Assistant. Paige wants to know more about Matt, even though that Hazel warned her that Paige and older guys don't really mix well. Paige objects, and the two use fake ID's to get into a bar that Matt is at. They find out that he has a girlfriend, and the two leave.
In Eye of the Tiger, Paige, Hazel, and the rest of the school are thrilled to have Jimmy return to school-except for Spinner. When Spinner reveals that he was the one behind the shooting, his old friends stop talking to him. Later, Paige, Hazel, Craig, and Marco throw a small welcome back party for Jimmy. When Spinner shows up, they tell him to leave.
In Venus (2), Paige and Hazel eat lunch with Ellie. Later, the two mutually agree to kick Manny off the Spirit Squad because of the video of her flashing her breasts that was going around.
In The Lexicon of Love (1), Alex Nuñez shows up in front of the school, excited about going to the premiere Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh! with Paige, only to find out that Paige only has 2 tickets and she gave the other one to Hazel. Paige then goes to get an extra ticket from Kevin Smith and finds out that she was cut from the movie entirely. Paige gives Alex the extra ticket, and decides not to go to the movie, but Alex brings Paige anyway.In The Lexicon of Love (2), Paige tells Hazel the kiss with Alex was nothing, and that Alex is nothing, and Alex hears them and gets angry. Later, Paige and Alex become a couple, which Hazel isn't necessarily happy about, but she accepts them anyway.
In Our Lips Are Sealed (2), Hazel feels like Paige isn't paying enough attention to her because of Alex. Alex and Hazel try to get along for Paige's sake. It doesn't work out too well at first, but they eventually become friends.
In High Fidelity (2), Paige is talking to Hazel about her breakup with Alex and how she hooked up with Spinner. Hazel gives her advice. Later Paige, Ellie, Marco, Hazel and Alex, along with the other seniors, all graduate as the Class of 2006 with Marco as their valedictorian. This is Hazel's final appearance.
- They were both good friends with Ashley Kerwin, Spinner Mason, Terri MacGregor and Marco Del Rossi.
- Paige ex-boyfriend Spinner Mason and Hazel's ex-boyfriend Jimmy Brooks are best friends. Paige was also good friends with Jimmy.
- Hazel was friends with Manny Santos, who had a conflict with Paige.
- Hazel was the first person to know about Paige's rape in Shout (1).
- Hazel had a conflict with Paige's ex-girlfriend, Alex Nuñez.
- They both had a conflict with Ellie Nash but Paige eventually became friends with her.
- They both disliked Rick Murray because he abused Terri.
- Both have kissed Jimmy, although only Hazel dated him.
- Both disliked Jay Hogart.
- They both graduated in the Class of 2006. They were the only characters introduced in Season 1 to do so.
- They were both on the Spirit Squad.
- They were both in the band Hell Hath No Fury, with Ashley Kerwin and Ellie Nash.
- Hazel was concerned that people would think she was a lesbian, when Paige started dating Alex.
- Paige never mentioned Hazel again after Season 5.
- Although neither Paige nor Hazel were close friends of Craig Manning, they both attended the surprise 17th birthday party that Ellie threw for him in Venus (1).
- They were both members of the Yoga Club.
- While Paige was a talented singer, Hazel had a dreadful singing voice.
- They both made their first appearances in Season 1: Paige in Family Politics and Hazel in Rumours and Reputations.
- In King of Pain, they both supported their mutual friend Marco's campaign to become Student Council President.
- They were both members of Archie Simpson's Grade 9 homeroom class 9F from 2002 to 2003.