Goaltender Cal Petersen and forward Jack Drury each skated for U.S. teams during international competition while they were members of the Waterloo Black Hawks; on Thursday, USA Hockey announced that Petersen and Drury will be teammates on the national squad competing at the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship beginning next week.
The competition will be held in Riga, Latvia. The U.S. National Team will meet opponents from Canada, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, and Germany all following a debut tilt versus Finland on Saturday, May 22nd. Team USA finished seventh during the competition in 2019; the 2020 IIHF World Championship was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Petersen is the Black Hawks’ career leader in junior-era victories, producing a 51-19-5 record over three seasons in Waterloo. He also won ten additional playoff games for the Hawks. After advancing from the USHL to play college hockey at Notre Dame, the 2020/21 season has been Petersen’s third at the NHL level. A member of the Los Angeles Kings, his numbers this year include a .911 save percentage, 2.89 goals-against average, and a 9-18-5 record in 35 appearances.
Drury played for Waterloo in 2016/17 and 2017/18, notching 77 points (28 goals and 49 assists) in 100 regular season games. The Carolina Hurricanes selected him in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft between his final season with the Black Hawks and his freshman campaign at Harvard. This winter, Drury skated in the Swedish Hockey League, helping the Vaxjo Lakers to a title just days ago. In the playoffs, he accumulated five goals and six assists over 14 games after totaling 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 41 scheduled contests.
Petersen and Drury each appeared for the U.S. Junior Select Team at the World Junior A Challenge while they were Black Hawks. In 2013, Petersen backstopped the squad to a gold medal-finish during the event. Drury and his teammates returned with silver in 2017. Both have also had opportunities to represent the nation since then: Petersen was previously selected for the Men’s National Team in 2017. Drury twice appeared with the National Junior Team during the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2019 and 2020.
At least one Waterloo alumnus has participated for the United States during 14 of the 20 IIHF Men’s World Championships held since 2000. In that time, two former Hawks have helped the U.S. to bronze medals: Andy Roach in 2004 and Craig Smith in 2013. The U.S. has not finished better than third in the competition since 1960. Petersen is the 10th Hawks alum to be selected by USA Hockey twice or more for this event. This will also be the fifth instance that two or more former Waterloo players are U.S. teammates at the IIHF World Championships (the most recent occurrence was in 2012, when Smith and J.T. Brown both played).