The Waterloo Black Hawks determined their 2010-2011 Captains last week, shortly before meeting the Green Bay Gamblers. When the Hawks took the ice Friday, defenseman Andrew Panzarella had the emblematic “C” stitched onto his jersey. The team’s two Assistant Captains are also defensemen: Blake Thompson and Zach Palmquist. All three had more than a full year worth of experience in the USHL prior to this season.
T.K. to B.C.
On Monday, USA Hockey unveiled the roster for next month’s World Junior A Challenge, including Black Hawks Trainer Todd Klein. A veteran of 15 seasons behind the Black Hawks’ bench, this will mark the fourth time Klein has served a U.S. Junior Select Team in international play. The World Junior A Challenge in British Columbia begins November 8th; the United States team is composed entirely of USHL players.
Improving the Penalty Kill
The Black Hawks have killed off an impressive 93.3% of opposing power plays through five games. The statistic is even more significant when compared with the Hawks’ performance at the same point one year ago. Waterloo sat at a lowly 57.1%, after allowing 15 power play goals in 35 chances. Part of the improvement this season involves going to the penalty box less often. The Hawks have been shorthanded just 15 times.
A New Destination
The Hawks travel to Muskegon for their first USHL game against the Lumberjacks on Saturday. It is not the first time the Hawks have played a team from Muskegon. On November 16, 1971, Waterloo lost an exhibition game to the IHL’s Muskegon Mohawks 6-2 at McElroy Auditorium. Including a meeting with Dubuque earlier this month, the Hawks are 3-4-1 in first games against new USHL entries since 2003-2004.
Friday, 10/29 at Chicago, 7:30 PM
Saturday, 10/30 at Muskegon, 6:15 PM