Forward Zach Sanford will change colors for a second time since last autumn’s training camp following Monday’s NHL trade deadline deal, which sent him from the Ottawa Senators to the Winnipeg Jets.
The Black Hawks alumnus had played in all 62 games for Ottawa this season, producing nine goals and eight assists. That includes a hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche on November 22nd. The 62 appearances are already a single-season best for Sanford, who made his NHL debut in 2016.
Just prior to the 2021/22 regular season, he had been traded to Ottawa by the St. Louis Blues.
At the junior level in Waterloo, Sanford helped the Black Hawks to the 2013/14 Anderson Cup regular season championship during his lone year in the USHL. He was responsible for 17 goals and 18 assists in 52 regular season games, then notched another 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in a dozen playoff contests as Waterloo reached the Clark Cup Championship Series. From the Hawks, Sanford moved on to play the next three seasons at Boston College.
Originally drafted by the Washington Capitals, Sanford made his NHL debut with the Caps on October 13, 2016. Later that season, he was traded to St. Louis and was part of the Blues’ 2019 Stanley Cup Championship team, skating in five games during the Final series versus Boston. Over his NHL career, Sanford has played in 271 regular season games with 47 goals and 41 assists.
Earlier this season, defenseman Dylan Samberg became the first former Black Hawk to ever play for Winnipeg, making his NHL and Jets debut on January 13th. Waterloo’s other recent connection with the Jets organization came in 2018 when Winnipeg drafted Hawks goaltender Jared Moe.
Including Sanford and Samberg, 15 Black Hawks alumni have appeared in at least on NHL game during the current 2021/22 season.