For 60 seasons, hockey has been part of Waterloo's identity. The Black Hawks have celebrated championships and provided a proving ground for players who have gone on to remarkable success in the NCAA, the NHL, and the Olympics.
The "All In" Video Series offers background and insights on the Black Hawks story from the coaches and staff who are part of it every day. See what makes the Waterloo Black Hawks unique in American junior hockey.
Todd Klein is the longest-serving member of the Black Hawks. He has been part of the organization since 1996, on the bench for more than 1,500 USHL games.
"TK" has been recognized with a variety of assignments from USA Hockey, serving internationally with several U.S. Junior Select Teams.
He brings expertise and perspective which can only come with more than two-and-a-half decades working with top junior players and helping to assure that they stay healthy and on the ice.
Spenser Popinga will be starting his 10th season in the Black Hawks organization during the fall of 2022.
In that time, he has introduced dozens of young players to training methods and nutrition strategies which have helped them gain an edge in the USHL and beyond. In this video, current and former Waterloo skaters talk about Spenser’s impact.
While strength and conditioning is his area of expertise, Spenser’s dual role as equipment manager means no one spends more time at the rink assuring that the Hawks are ready to play on game night.
Just the third Black Hawks head coach during the current century, Matt Smaby’s first season behind the bench was 2021/22. He came to Waterloo after working as an assistant at the professional and college level.
Smaby’s long playing career included parts of four seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Before that, he was a member of two Frozen Four teams at the University of North Dakota.
A rugged defenseman during his days on the ice, Smaby’s broad knowledge of the game from playing at a high level in Europe and North America give him insights he can share with current Waterloo skaters.