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Alumni Update: NHL Openers

By WBH, 10/02/19, 5:15PM CDT


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The first game of the new National Hockey League season is only minutes away.

Former Waterloo Black Hawks dot NHL rosters from the Atlantic Division to the Pacific.

Make sure the remote has fresh batteries and don’t miss the players you cheered for at Young Arena as they take the ice on TV.

Tonight (Wednesday, October 2)

Zach Sanford
St. Louis Blues vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m.)
Waterloo – 2013/14

Sanford and the Blues raise their Stanley Cup championship banner.  After playing in 60 regular season games during 2018/19, Sanford is in position to make his 100th NHL regular season appearance when he steps onto the ice tonight.

Brock Boeser
Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers (9 p.m.)
Waterloo – 2014/15

It took longer than anyone expected for Boeser’s new contract to be finalized, but the deal was done exactly two weeks ago.  Now that the business of hockey is done, Boeser and the Canucks can get down to business.

Patrick Russell
Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks (9 p.m.)
Waterloo – 2013/14

Last November, Russell made his NHL debut with Edmonton and appeared in six total games.  A little less than a year later, the native of Denmark has made the opening night roster and hopes for a season-long stint in northern Alberta.

Tomorrow (Thursday, October 3)

Brandon Montour
Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins (6 p.m.)
Waterloo – 2013/14 & 2014/15

Unfortunately, Montour will not be on the ice Thursday.  A preseason hand injury will sideline him for much of October.  A late-season trade in 2018/19 brought him from Anaheim to Buffalo, where he recorded 10 points in 20 games.

Craig Smith
Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild (7 p.m.)
Waterloo – 2006/07, 2007/08, & 2008/09

With either a goal or an assist, Smith will earn his 300th career regular season point, all recorded  as a member of the Predators.  He is on track to appear in his 600th game (currently at 592) later this month.

Joe Pavelski
Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m.)
Waterloo – 2002/03 & 2003/04

No former Black Hawks has played in more NHL games, scored more goals, recorded more points, or just about any other superlative you can think of than Joe Pavelski.  A new phase of his remarkable career begins when he takes his first shift for a team that isn’t the San Jose Sharks.

Vinnie Hinostroza
Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks (9 p.m.)
Waterloo – 2010/11, 2011/12, & 2012/13

Hinostroza is coming off a career year, in which he played in more NHL games (79), scored more goals (16), and collected more points (39) than ever before.  Still just 25, six of Hinostroza’s 29 career goals have been game-winners.

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