The Waterloo Black Hawks introduced Bryn Chyzyk as the organization’s Director of Scouting on Monday, putting the former University of North Dakota player at the center of an experienced group of talent assessment veterans.
As a college senior in 2015/16, Chyzyk was as assistant captain and helped the Fighting Hawks to the NCAA title, notching a dozen goals and 22 total points. His teammates that year included former Hawks Brock Boeser, Hayden Shaw, and Cameron Johnson. Chyzyk also played with former Waterloo captain Andrew Panzarella at UND. After skating in Grand Forks, Chyzyk spent the 2016/17 season with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) and Indy Fuel (ECHL). He played one season in the USHL with the Fargo Force.
“With his success in this league and accomplishments at higher levels, Bryn understands firsthand what it takes to build successful junior team,” said Black Hawks General Manager Shane Fukushima. “It makes our organization better to add his experience to a very accomplished group.”
Following his playing career, Chyzyk attended the University of North Dakota School of Law. He graduated with his Juris Doctor degree in May 2020. During his final year in law school, Chyzyk also served as the graduate assistant coach for the UND Men's Hockey Program.
“Bryn is a great addition to our staff and will excel in his role as Director of Scouting,” added Black Hawks President and Head Coach P.K. O’Handley. “With his analytics background and his network and experience, he is a great asset to the Black Hawks.”
USHL players are primarily acquired through a two phase annual draft each spring. Younger skaters chosen in Phase I typically develop in midget or high school levels for a year or two before joining the Hawks, while Phase II offers teams an opportunity to focus on their immediate needs for the coming season.
Black Hawks scouts watch hundreds of games every year to track affiliates and find new talent.
“These guys are – first and foremost – tremendous people,” O’Handley noted. “They have a commitment to the game of hockey that is outstanding, and they bring their belief of what we do in the development of players to the rink every day. The consistency of our staff is something we take great pride in. Bryn will be a great addition, and we hope to keep this group together for many years to come.”
O’Handley took time to reflect on several contributors to Waterloo’s player development efforts:
Andrew Weiss (5th Season) – Assistant Director of Player Personnel
“Andrew has shown with his tireless work ethic and communication that he will once again serve as our Assistant Director of Player Personnel. We are thrilled to have Andrew on our staff.”
Matt Grainda (5th Season) – Scout
“Matt has proven his eye for talent again and again. His continued service to the Black Hawks is invaluable. We are fortunate to have Matt on our staff.”
Mas Fukushima (15th Season) – Scout
“Mas has been, and continues to be, one of the best talent evaluators at any level of hockey. His familiarity and knowledge of what we do and how we do it is a great asset.”