Forward Gavin Lindberg of Moorhead, Minnesota, is expected to make his Waterloo Black Hawks debut this weekend and remain with the team for the 13 games left on the Hawks’ 2021/22 United States Hockey League regular season schedule.
All Black Hawks roster adjustments during the 2021/22 season are presented by Upper Cervial Health Centers in Cedar Falls and Doctors Kyle Troyer and Tyler Speed.
Lindberg was the captain of the Moorhead High School Spuds and led his team to the Minnesota AA State Tournament last weekend. The 2021/22 high school campaign was a break-out year for the six-foot, 180-pound forward. He produced 69 points (23 goals, 46 assists) in just 31 games, up from 16 points in his junior season. Lindberg was one of 10 finalists for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award.
“We are extremely excited about adding Gavin to our group now, and for him to be a part of our future,” said Black Hawks General Manager Bryn Chyzyk. “I grew a strong appreciation for Gavin's game throughout the high school season. He has an extremely high hockey IQ, and he possesses the leadership qualities that we prioritize in our scouting operations.”
Lindberg will turn 18 next month and is eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft. He is not currently committed to an NCAA hockey program.
In the spring of 2021, Garrett Schifsky joined the Black Hawks following the conclusion of Minnesota’s high school season. Schifsky scored two goals in eight appearances during that stint. This season is currently Waterloo’s leader in goals (23) and points (37).
The Black Hawks have several previous connections to Moorhead High School, most recently forward Kyler Kleven, who played in all 53 Waterloo games last season, recording 13 goals and 12 assists. Defensemen Brett Barta and John Lee each made contributions during the Hawks’ 2006/07 Anderson Cup season. Undoubtedly the most notable Spud-turned-Hawk is Jason Blake, who went on to appear in over 800 NHL regular season games after recording 100 points for Waterloo in 1993/94.
The Hawks host the Tri-City Storm this evening at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the game, and all remaining Black Hawks home games, are on sale now from tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.