***FOLLOW-UP*** There's no big secret to the Waterloo Black Hawks sustained success over the years. Head Coach P.K. O’Handley and his staff have not only built a "powerhouse", that regularly make the play-offs, the organization is widely respected around the National Hockey League. Case in point, on Wednesday, the Hawks' saw their 52nd NHL draft pick chosen in the 7th round.

Third-year forward Wyatt Schingoethe was claimed on day two of the NHL Draft. He is now an official prospect of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Schingoethe joined the team in the 2018/19 season, he played in every game that winter as a rookie, and tied for 6th in team scoring with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists). A year later, in just 47 games during the USHL’s abbreviated 2019/20 campaign, Schingoethe notched 38 points. His 17 goals were 2nd on the team and included one hat trick. Schingoethe is a University of Denver recruit.

The Black Hawks are set to play their first game of the 2020/21 season on Friday, November 6th against the Omaha Lancers.

(Originally published Oct. 7, 2020)

Ryder Rolston provided many highlights in his time as a Waterloo Black Hawks last fall. Rolston recorded a "hat trick" in one game and a pair of overtime goals to help propel the team to victory.

Right now, the college freshmen is furthering his education and suiting up for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but on Wednesday, Rolston's future got much brighter when he got drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. Rolston was chosen by Colorado in the 5th round with the 139th overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft.

Although he was out of the Hawks’ lineup for seven games, Rolston’s 158 shots on goal in 2019/20 still ranked third in the USHL. Four of Rolston’s Waterloo absences were due to participating with the U.S. Junior Select Team during the 2019 World Junior A Challenge. He helped the U.S. squad earn a bronze medal during that event. It was the latest round of international competition for Rolston, who represented the nation on several occasions during his time with the NTDP.

Black Hawks fans wish him the best of luck in his future, and here's hoping more of his former Black Hawks teammates (listed below) hear their name called as well.

Photo by: Stephanie Lyn Photography
Ryder Rolston - Photo by: Stephanie Lyn Photography


(Originally published Oct. 6, 2020)

Waterloo hockey fans are getting excited for the 2020/21 season to get underway. Last week the team announced its upcoming schedule along with information about four new players joining the team via a dispersal draft. Now some former Black Hawks are getting ready to hear their name called in this year's NHL draft.

Brandon Montour, Brock Boeser, Mikey Anderson, Mark Friedman, Rem Pitlick, Cal Petersen, along with another guy you may have heard of, Joe Pavelski are just a handful of former Black Hawks who made it the NHL. Now another group of 2019/20 Black Hawks are hoping for their phone to ring over the next couple of days.

Round One of the NHL Draft begins tonight (Oct. 6, 2020) at 6 p.m. Rounds 2 through 7 will be tomorrow beginning at 10:30 in the morning. NHL Central Scouting puts out a list with player rankings. Here's the players that have a good chance to be drafted and maybe become stars like the aforementioned Black Hawks, some with photos honoring them on the Young Arena walls.

*Numbers in parenthesis are the players’ final April NHLCS ranking among either North American skaters or North American goalies.

Wyatt Schingoethe (#91)
Ryder Rolston (#102)
Gabriel Carriere (#23-G)
Patrick Guzzo (Ranked in midterms)
Logan Stein (Ranked in midterms-G)

Plus, a couple of guys that are in contention for roster spots this season, David Sacco (#141) and Zach Michaelis (#203) have a chance as well.

Stay tuned and keen an eye on your station app on your phone for future updates over the next couple of days as we find out what the future has to hold for these potential NHL players, that may turn into superstars someday.

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