Former Waterloo Black Hawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza has signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
The move creates the opportunity for Hinostroza to skate for his fourth National Hockey League club. He was drafted by, and debuted for, the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Hinostroza also spent two seasons with the Arizona Coyotes in addition to a brief stint with the Florida Panthers.
As a Waterloo Black Hawk from 2010/11 through 2012/13, the Bartlett, Illinois-native skated in 151 USHL regular season games, producing 126 points (53 goals, 73 assists). The Chicago Blackhawks drafted him following his second season in Waterloo. The next winter, Hinostroza produced USHL career highs for goals (25), assists (35), points (60), and plus/minus (+22).
Advancing to the NCAA, Hinostroza averaged a point-per-game (76 games, 76 points) over two seasons for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. During that time, he also represented the United States during the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships. Hinostroza would return to international competition during the 2016 Men’s IIHF World Championships.
At the NHL level, his career marks include 112 points (38 goals, 74 assists) over 272 appearances.
When Hinostroza debuts for the Sabres, he will become the third former Black Hawk to take the ice for Buffalo, following Derek Whitmore in 2011 and Brandon Montour over three seasons from 2018/19 through 2020/21.
Montour was also the subject of an NHL transaction on Wednesday, resigning with the Florida Panthers on a three-year basis. Montour was traded from Buffalo to Florida in April.