Two members of the 2016/17 Waterloo Black Hawks will represent the United States during the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia and Czech Republic later this summer before taking the ice at Young Arena during the upcoming season.
Forward Jack Drury and defenseman Michael Ferrandino were chosen for the 22-player roster revealed by USA Hockey on Friday. Both spent their rookie seasons in Waterloo last winter. Ferrandino – the youngest member of the Hawks in 2016/17 – skated in 47 games and recorded nine points, all assists. Drury accumulated four goals and eight assists during 44 regular season appearances and charted a +4 plus/minus differential.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is held annually and is the most prestigious preseason international gathering for U-18 level players. Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia, are the game sites for the event which will be played August 7th through 12th. Other teams representing Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland will participate.
Last August, the U.S. Under-18 Select Team included Hawks defenseman Mikey Anderson; the squad claimed second place to the host Czechs during the competition. Former NHL forward Clark Donatelli served as head coach in 2016 and will hold in the same role this year.