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Hawks Busy Tuesday During Draft

By WBH, 05/03/22, 2:30PM CDT

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A Familiar Name Tops the List

The Black Hawks made 17 selections during Phase II of the United States Hockey League’s 2022 Draft on Tuesday, led by a player with ties to both Waterloo and Sioux City as the Hawks prepare to meet the Musketeers this evening during Game Three of a USHL Western Conference Semifinal Series.

With the fourth overall pick in Phase II, Waterloo chose defenseman Aaron Pionk.  During 1997/98 and 1998/99, Aaron’s father, Scott, was the Black Hawks’ Head Coach.  Waterloo was 45-67-5 over those years, qualifying for the Clark Cup Playoffs in 1998.  Meanwhile, Aaron’s older brother, Neal, spent parts of three seasons with the Musketeers.  In 2014/15, Neal Pionk was the USHL Defenseman of the Year and currently plays for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets.

Aaron Pionk skated in the North American Hockey League for the Minnesota Wilderness in 2021/22.  As a rookie, he produced nine goals and 19 assists in 51 games.

The Hawks made a second selection in the opening round, using the 10th overall pick to acquire forward Myles Hilman.  The 18-year-old forward spent the past three seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Drumheller Dragons and contributed 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games this year.

Pionk and Hilman set the tone for what would follow.  The Hawks drew considerable experience from other junior leagues throughout the day, including 5 others who were NAHL regulars last winter.  That group included third round selection Owen Millward of the Janesville Jets.  Millward was the NAHL Goalie of the Month in February and posted a 30-14-0 record that included six shutouts.

Waterloo stuck with the trend for two fourth round picks from the NAHL.  Forward Jake McLean was the league’s sixth-highest rookie scorer (56 points on 17 goals and 39 assists) as a member of the Bismarck Bobcats.  Just two slots later, the Hawks added Zach Bade of the Springfield Jr. Blues.

Waterloo’s complete Phase II results from Tuesday are below:

Round/Overall Pick

Player

Pos.

2021/22 Team

1/4

Aaron Pionk

D

Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)

1/10

Myles Hilman

F

Drumheller Dragons (AJHL)

3/34

Owen Millward

G

Janesville Jets (NAHL)

3/46

Francesco Dell’Elce

D

St. Andrew’s College (Ont.) Varsity

4/48

Jake McLean

F

Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL)

4/50

Zach Bade

F

Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL)

5/65

Dylan Shane

D

Mount St. Charles Academy U18

6/80

Geno McEnery

F

Kent School Lions

7/97

Jack Spicer

G

Mount St. Charles Academy U18

7/101

Nik Hong

F

St. Cloud Norsemen (NAHL)

8/112

Michael Neumeier

D

Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL)

9/127

Reid Morich

F

Arizona Jr. Coyotes 16U

10/142

Calvin Vachon

G

Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep

11/157

Calel Elfering

F

NorthStar Christian Academy 18U

12/172

Jaedon Kerr

D

Culver Academy Eagles Prep

13/187

Ethan Aucoin

F

Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)

14/202

Hiroki Gojsic

F

St. George’s School U18

 

Previously, the Black Hawks selected 10 players born in 2006 on Monday during Phase I of the USHL Draft.  The group included Matthew Frost, the #1 overall pick.  Waterloo also signed defenseman Keith McInnis to a tender agreement in early April.  

Tonight, the current Hawks take the ice for Game Three of their USHL Western Conference Semifinal series against the Sioux City Musketeers.  The winner will advance to meet the Tri-City Storm in the Western Conference Final later this week.