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Where Are The Now: All-Star Alumni

By WBH, 01/10/18, 4:30PM CST

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Former Hawks at the Top

Karen’s Print Rite brings you updates on former Waterloo Black Hawks players.

Rosters for the 2018 NHL, AHL, and ECHL All-Star Games have been announced.  Former Waterloo Black Hawks players will take the ice in all three prestigious contests.  Here is a summary of the alumni who are shining brightest at each level.

NHL All-Star Game: Sunday, January 28th (Tampa, FL)

Brock Boeser
Vancouver Canucks

A movie script-esqe beginning to Boeser’s NHL career continues.  Remember his first pro appearance, when he scored the game-winning goal in front of dozens and family and friends less than 24 hours after playing his last college game?  Less than a year later, Boeser is an NHL All-Star.

In 40 games this season, 22 goals put Boeser among the top scorers in the entire league.  Literally, he is a point-per-game player just three seasons after skating in the USHL.  A few weeks ago, waterlooblackhawks.com asked whether this would be the best NHL rookie season for any former Hawk.  

Let’s put a checkmark in the box marked “Officially Settled” next to that question.

AHL All-Star Game: Monday, January 29th (Utica, NY)

Vinnie Hinostroza
Rockford IceHogs

In the coming weeks, there is a fair chance that a replacement All-Star will be named for Hinostroza…for all the right reasons.

The year began with Hinostroza in Rockford for the first 23 games of the season.  He had nine goals and 13 assists in that time.  Even since being called up by the Chicago Blackhawks, Hinostroza still ranks as the Hogs’ third-leading scorer.

Whatever superlatives might be applicable to the 23-year-old’s play in the AHL, his best hockey has come since the call-up.  Hinostroza is currently on a six-game NHL point streak in Chicago, and in recent weeks he has consistently been on a line with Hawks captain Jonathan Toews and 2015 Stanley Cup hero Brandon Saad.

Jacob MacDonald
Binghamton Devils

Near midseason, MacDonald is tied as the top scorer among defensemen in the American Hockey League.  For good measure, he is also the leading point producer for his team.

After his first two professional seasons, the 24-year-old is establishing himself firmly in the AHL.  Following four years at Cornell, MacDonald spent his first full pro schedule in the ECHL; last year, he split time shuffling between that circuit and the AHL.

Binghamton stands last in their division.  The Devils have just 11 wins in their first 35 games.  Take away 12 goals (including two game-winners) and 17 assists contributed by MacDonald and it is anyone’s guess where Binghamton would be.

Cal Petersen
Ontario Reign

As a freshman at Notre Dame in 2014/15, Petersen took over primary crease responsibilities immediately.  That year, he claimed two-thirds of the Irish’s wins and recorded four shutouts.

To a degree, history seems to be repeating itself as the Waterloo native transitions to the professional level.

Over the summer, Petersen signed with the L.A. Kings and joined their top affiliate after training camp.  He is sharing the net with former first round NHL draft pick Jack Campbell.  Currently both goalies own eight of Ontario’s 16 wins.  Petersen has delivered a pair of shutouts and ranks among the league’s top 15 goalies in both save percentage and goals-against average.

ECHL All-Star Game: Monday, January 15th (Indianapolis, IN)

Taylor Cammarata
South Carolina Stingrays

Of the Stingrays games played to this point, Cammarata missed approximately the first third.  While dressing for 21 of 33 contests thus far, the play-making expert did enough to earn a ticket to the All-Star Game.

He has eight goals and ten assists so far during his rookie season.  That includes a pair of two-goal games and one game-winning goal.  Cammarata had a point in 11 of his first 12 ECHL appearances.

South Carolina is a team where former Waterloo players have found success in the past.  The Stingrays’ roster also includes a pair of Hawks goaltending alumni: Jeff Jakaitis and Parker Milner.

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