Former Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender Cal Petersen is one of the first 15 players named to the United States Men’s National Team which will play in the IIHF World Championships next month in France and Germany, USA Hockey announced on Thursday.
The 22-year-old who spent this season with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will join National Hockey League goalies Jimmy Howard (Detroit Red Wings) and Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) in minding the crease for the United States. USA Hockey will add additional participants as NHL clubs are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the coming weeks. The 2017 IIHF World Championship begins on May 5th.
The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last four years, a stretch that has only been equaled once in American history (1931-1934).
Petersen is coming off a season in which he led Notre Dame to the NCAA’s Frozen Four. The Waterloo native started all 40 games for the Irish, posting a 23-12-5 record during his junior campaign. He turned away 92.6% of the shots he faced while delivering a 2.22 goals-against average.
As a Black Hawk during two full seasons, and part of a third, Petersen set the team record for regular season victories with 51. In 2013/14, he was in the crease for 27 of a team-record 44 wins as the Black Hawks claimed the USHL’s regular season championship – the Anderson Cup – and reached the Clark Cup Championship Series. At the end of that campaign, he was chosen during the fifth round of the NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.
Petersen’s international experience includes participating with his 2012/13 Black Hawks teammates during the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Russia. Waterloo won the silver medal during that event.
Preliminary round games for the United States during the 2017 IIHF World Championship include matchups against Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Slovakia, and Russia.
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