Waterloo Black Hawks fans have enjoyed watching former players go on to successful college careers, but last weekend’s Frozen Four in Buffalo was unprecedented.
While all four contenders had Black Hawks alumni on their rosters, Waterloo’s representation on the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs was unprecedented. Seven different players who have worn a Black Hawks sweater were part of the title-winning team. Five of those Bulldogs were part of back-to-back championships after also being on UMD’s roster for the 2017/18 season.
Mikey Anderson – The sophomore was all over the stat sheet during the national title game against UMass. He had a hand in all of the scoring during the 3-0 victory, recording a goal plus two assists.
Jackson Cates – One of two freshmen who were also part of Waterloo’s Anderson Cup team in 2017/18, Cates joined forces with his brother, Noah. Cates scored in the third period versus UMass.
Peter Krieger – Krieger had been a member of Waterloo’s 2013/14 Anderson Cup team, leading the Hawks with 67 points that year. He played his first two college seasons at Alaska.
Hunter Lellig – The Waterloo native was a freshman for the Bulldogs. He skated in 25 games during his first year in the NCAA.
Louie Roehl – A Black Hawk for three games in 2016/17, Roehl has been part of both of UMD’s recent title-winning efforts.
Dylan Samberg – After skating for the Black Hawks near the end of the 2016/17 regular season and into the playoffs, Samberg was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets.
Nick Swaney – First he was a goal scoring star in Waterloo. This year, Swaney’s 15 goals ranked second for UMD; he has scored 21 times during his college career.
Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletics Department.
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