Black Hawks Well-Represented in Europe
The United States opens its schedule at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Monday featuring three players with ties to the Waterloo Black Hawks.
Forward Jack Drury and defenseman Michael Ferrandino both spent their rookie seasons in Waterloo last winter. Ferrandino – the youngest member of the Hawks in 2016/17 – skated in 47 games and recorded nine points, all assists. Drury accumulated four goals and eight assists during 44 regular season appearances and charted a +4 plus/minus differential.
In July, Waterloo acquired goaltender Ben Kraws in a trade with the Tri-City Storm; he will also wear red, white, and blue next week. Kraws is originally from Cranbury, New Jersey, and spent the 2016/17 season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.
Team USA’s first game is on Monday in Breclav, Czech Republic, at 8:30 a.m. (Central) against Sweden. The United States will also face Switzerland and Czech Republic during the preliminary round on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, vying for the opportunity to reach the semifinals next Friday. Canada, Finland, Russia, and Slovakia make up the second pool in the tournament; those clubs play their games in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Last August, the U.S. Under-18 Select Team included Hawks defenseman Mikey Anderson; the squad claimed second place, runner up to the host Czechs during the competition.