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Hawks Recognize Ed & Sue Baethke

By WBH, 06/06/22, 9:30AM CDT


Hosting Hawks Players for Two Decades

The Waterloo Black Hawks recognized Ed and Sue Baethke on Monday as part of the United States Hockey League’s Billet Family of the Year program.

The Baethkes have provided housing for Black Hawks players for 20 years, with dozens of skaters passing through their home in that time.  During the 2021/22 season, defenseman Tucker Ness and forward Jake Rozzi lived with the couple.  Ness came to Waterloo from Wayzata, Minnesota for his second season in the Cedar Valley.  Rozzi is a Kirkland, Quebec, native in Waterloo for the full schedule this year after appearing as an affiliate in 2020/21.
“In order to have some of the best players from all over the world be part of our organization, those players have to come from all over the world.  That is only possible when good people like Ed and Sue open their homes and provide the stability that’s needed to be successful,” said Black Hawks President of Business Operations Joe Greene, adding, “Ed and Sue have done an exemplary job of housing our players, but I would like to take a moment to thank all of the families who are part of our billet program for the commitment they have shown to each of the young men they host.”
The Baethkes each worked for John Deere before retiring.
All members of the Waterloo Black Hawks live with a family in the Cedar Valley. The Black Hawks organization prides itself on finding quality, caring families for players, offering support as many leave their own homes for the first time.  Living with a host family provides for a stable foundation during these ever-important years in a player’s life, and host families provide a comfortable bridge into being self-sufficient in the future.
The Black Hawks are currently seeking billet families for the 2022/23 season.  For more information, please contact the front office at (319) 232-3444 or email