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Hawks Snag 16 in Phase II

By WBH, 05/27/21, 6:15PM CDT

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Waterloo Begins with Well-Known Wilmer

The Waterloo Black Hawks completed the 2021 United States Hockey League Draft with 16 Thursday selections, led by veteran USHL forward Jeremy Wilmer.

Over the past two seasons, Wilmer has played in 49 league games as a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.  In that time, he has produced eight goals and 22 assists.  In addition, Wilmer also skated during the Biosteel All-American Game in April, notching an assist versus a squad of top professional prospects from the rest of the league.  Wilmer himself is ranked 194th among North American skaters eligible for this summer’s NHL Draft.  His selection follows other notable Hawks acquisitions from the NTDP in recent USHL Drafts, including Joe Cassetti (2017) and Ryder Rolston (2019).  Wilmer is committed to Boston University.

Each of Waterloo’s next four choices make their home at or behind the blue line.  Defenseman Sam Rinzel was Chaska (Minnesota) High School’s third-leading scorer, averaging over a point per game in 2020/21.  Meanwhile fellow defenseman Adam Cardona played for the same Lac St-Louis Lions program which helped develop 2020/21 Waterloo forwards Michael LaStarza and Jake Rozzi.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawks did not have any European players in 2020/21.  However, the team hopes for renewed success from the Old World with the additions of Patrick Hamrla from Czech Republic and Simon Groch of Slovakia.  Like Wilmer, both are candidates for the 2021 NHL Draft, with Hamrla ranked third among draft-eligible European goalies and Groch (a defenseman) slotted 42nd among skaters on lists released by NHL Central Scouting earlier today.

Most of the players selected Thursday will seek a place on Waterloo’s roster for the 2021/22 season.  The Black Hawks’ complete draft list during Phase II included:

Name

Rd/Pick

Position

D.O.B

2020/21 Team

Jeremy Wilmer

1st/3rd

Forward

Aug 16, 2003

USA Hockey NTDP U18s

Sam Rinzel

2nd/18th

Defenseman

Jun 25, 2004

Chaska (MN) HS

Adam Cardona

4th/48th

Defenseman

Oct 5, 2003

Lac St-Louis Lions

Patrik Hamrla

6th/79th

Goalie

May 21, 2003

HC Energie (Czech Republic)

Simon Groch

7th/95th

Defenseman

Mar 10, 2003

Olomouc Jr. (Slovakia)

Grayson Badger

8th/110th

Forward

May 9, 2004

Dexter Southfield School

Ben Brunette

8th/120th

Defenseman

Aug 1, 2002

Powell River Kings

Ryan Comny

9th/125th

Forward

Oct 23, 2004

Bishop Kearney Selects U16s

Hunter Jones

10th/140th

Forward

Jul 13, 2002

Wichita Falls Warriors

Hayden Nichol

11th/165th

Forward

Jun 30, 2003

Nashville Jr. Predators U18s

Anthony Calafiore

12th/170th

Forward

Apr 6, 2002

New Jersey Titans

Michael Bashaw

13th/185th

Goalie

Jul 29, 2004

Green Bay Jr. Gamblers U16s

Wes Berg

14th/200th

Forward

Apr 12, 2005

Gentry Academy JV

Mason McCormick

15th/215th

Forward

May 25, 2001

Shreveport Mudbugs

Jacob Schneider

16th/230th

Forward

Dec 24, 2002

Wayzata (MN) HS

J.J. Grainda

17th/245th

Forward

Aug 1, 2002

Indy Jr. Fuel U18s

The 2021/22 campaign will be the 60th consecutive season of hockey in the Cedar Valley.  It will also be President and Head Coach P.K. O’Handley’s 20th year with the organization.  Season tickets for 2021/22 are on sale now at tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com or by calling (319) 232-3444.