Waterloo Black Hawks alumnus and current Iowa Heartlanders forward Yuki Miura will be in attendance on Saturday when the Hawks host the Tri-City Storm at 6:05 p.m.
Miura is playing his first season of professional hockey. He joined the Coralville-based Heartlanders this fall for their inaugural ECHL campaign. Currently sidelined by an injury, Miura has six goals and five assists in 17 games. That includes a two-goal performance against the Toledo Walleye on December 11th.
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While his current club is on the road this weekend, Miura will visit Young Arena to cheer on the Black Hawks. Fans will have the chance to talk to Yuki about his unique hockey journey. He will also be available for pictures and autographs throughout the game.
“I can’t wait to see the Black Hawks fans again in Party Town!” Miura said. “I have great memories of playing in Waterloo and of so many wonderful people during my time with the team.”
Before Miura joined the Hawks in 2016/17 at age 20, he had already represented his native Japan in several international competitions and spent multiple seasons playing junior hockey in Czech Republic. He took the ice for 53 regular season USHL games, notching seven goals and 10 assists. A team of journalists from Japanese broadcaster NHK Television spent several days in Waterloo producing a 12-minute feature about his experiences in the United States.
Arguably Miura’s most notable highlight as a Black Hawk came in the 2017 Clark Cup playoffs. On the road against the Sioux City Musketeers in Game Two of the Western Conference Final series, Miura’s overtime goal evened the teams at one win apiece in the best-of-five set. He appeared in a total of six playoff games that spring.
After Waterloo, Miura showed perseverance during an ultimately successful NCAA career at Lake Superior State. Although he skated in just seven games as a freshman and 23 as a sophomore, he became a regular fixture in the Lakers’ lineup and didn’t miss a game as a junior and senior. In total, Miura appeared in 100 college games with eight goals and 21 assists. Named the team’s Jim Howie Unsung Hero Award winner after the 2019/20 season, Miura led Lake Superior State in blocked shots as a senior, and ended 2020/21 with a +7 plus/minus differential as the Lakers reached the NCAA Tournament.
Saturday’s game against Tri-City is also Star Wars Night. Seats are available by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office or visiting tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.