Veteran Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Hank Sorensen has committed to Northern Michigan University for the 2019/20 academic year, the Hawks announced Wednesday.
When he arrives there next fall, Sorensen will join three other Waterloo alumni who are on this season’s roster: junior defensemen Phil Beaulieu and Ben Newhouse and freshman forward Garrett Klee. The Wildcats coaching staff also includes a former Hawks defenseman, Rob Lehtinen.
Sorensen played his 100th United States Hockey League regular season game Friday when Waterloo visited the Sioux Falls Stampede, celebrating with an assist. The next night against the Sioux City Musketeers, the 20-year-old notched a goal and an assist.
“Our entire organization couldn’t be more excited for Hank,” said Black Hawks Head Coach and General Manager P.K. O’Handley. “He has become a very effective defenseman and continues to add new elements to his game which are helping our team right now, and which will benefit Northern Michigan in years to come.”
Last season, Sorensen had a +7 plus/minus differential and 22 points (five goals, 17 assists). Those numbers, added to 14 points from 2016/17, made him Waterloo's active leader in career scoring as of the start of the season. All totaled in regular season USHL competition, Sorensen has 11 goals and 30 assists during his 101 appearances.
He is now one of 14 current Black Hawks with a college commitment.
Sorensen and the Hawks take the ice Friday and Saturday versus the Fargo Force. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.