The NCAA rules governing how athletes are able to move from one program to another have been substantially loosened. As a result, several former Black Hawks have started this season at different colleges than the ones they committed to when they were in Waterloo.
This feature looks at who is wearing new colors and the early impact they are making at their new schools through the first several weeks of the NCAA season.
New School – Penn State
Prev. School – Colorado College
In three years at Colorado College, Copeland played in 97 games and produced 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists). The Tigers struggled through a tough 2020/21 season with a record of just 4-17-2. Copeland’s 11 points ranked second on the team and made him one of just three CC players in double figures. Penn State already has more wins in 2021/22; the Nittany Lions have opened the year 5-1-0. Copeland has dressed for four Penn State games and quickly has picked up three assists, including one on a game-winning goal last Thursday versus Niagara. Penn State meets North Dakota in Nashville on Saturday.
New School – Wisconsin
Prev. School – Minnesota
Moe slid across state lines within the Big Ten in order to replace another former Waterloo goaltender – Robbie Beydoun – with the Badgers. Now a junior, Moe is making a case to be Wisconsin’s starter, with a 2.27 goals-against average and .922 save percentage despite a 1-2-0 record in five appearances. He produced a 19-save shutout versus Army in a 1-0 win October 15th. The Badgers begin conference play tomorrow with the first of two games during a trip to Michigan. During two prior seasons with the Gophers, Moe won his only appearance versus the Wolverines as part of a 9-5-1 overall record.
New School – Northeastern
Prev. School – Quinnipiac
More former Black Hawks goaltenders moved this offseason than players at any other position. Fear is part of the group after never appearing in a full game during his two seasons for Quinnipiac. In fact, he was in the crease for only six games during those two seasons and faced just 33 total shots. As Fear awaits his first opportunity with the Huskies, Northeastern has opened the season 3-3-0 and 0-2-0 in Hockey East. They host Maine for a two-game conference weekend Friday and Saturday.
New School – Quinnipiac
Prev. School – Brown
As Evan Fear was departing from the Bobcats’ program, defenseman Tony Stillwell was planning his arrival. Stillwell’s senior season at Brown never happened due to the decision by Ivy League schools to halt athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, Stillwell played against Quinnipiac seven times while at his prior school, recording three assists. So far, he has been in the lineup for half of the Bobcats’ games this season during a 4-1-1 start. His first opportunity to play against his former teammates is less than two weeks away on November 6th.
New School – St. Thomas
Prev. School – North Dakota
Thome’s playing time for the Fighting Hawks peaked with 14 appearances as a sophomore in 2018/19. Last year, he saw action in just five games. This year in his fifth college season, he has already equaled that count, while minding the net for the Tommies in their first year as a Division I program. There certainly will be (and have been) some rough nights as St. Thomas meets more established opponents, but Thome has the distinction of earning the program’s first DI win: he made 27 stops in a 5-2 victory over Ferris State Saturday. This weekend St. Thomas visits another recent addition to the Division I ranks: Arizona State.
New School – Long Island
Prev. School – Alaska-Anchorage
When Anchorage’s program went dark, Carlson was sent looking for a new place to play. He had been the Seawolves’ workhorse goaltender in 2019/20, making 24 appearances and earning two of the program’s four victories in a 4-25-7 season. Carlson had already transferred once during his college career, moving to UAA from Providence. He is 1-2-0 for LIU, with his win coming in shutout fashion versus Division II Assumption University last Friday. The Sharks return to Division I competition this weekend as they visit Nebraska-Omaha.
New School – Canisius
Prev. School – RPI
Like Stillwell and Carlson, DiGrande had no place to play last season. After two years at RPI, the Engineers did not field an active team last winter due to COVID-19. DiGrande had skated in 29 games with three goals and an assist. His return to RPI with the Golden Griffins earlier this month included a head contact major and game misconduct. Sidelined for a rematch the next night, DiGrande has played in four of five Canisius games. The Griffins play Ferris State twice during the coming weekend.
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