On Saturday, the U.S. National Junior Team claimed a silver medal during the 2019 World Junior Championships in British Columbia. Three Waterloo Black Hawks alumni were part of the U.S. team: Mikey Anderson, Dylan Samberg, and Jack Drury. It is the fourth consecutive year that the United States has earned a medal.
In recognition of the accomplishment, Karen’s Print Rite presents seven facts about the Black Hawks’ connections to the World Junior Championships.
One is Not Enough
When a former Hawk is selected for the U.S. National Junior Team, chances are that there will be a second (and sometimes a third). Of the ten times a Waterloo player has been on the squad, this year was the fifth instance in which multiple Black Hawks were on the team. It’s the third time there have been three. Waterloo also had a participatory hat trick in 1992 (Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, and Corwin Saurdiff) and again in 2014 (Vinnie Hinostroza, Ian McCoshen, and Zach Stepan) prior to this year.
Twice the Fun
Mikey Anderson and Dylan Samberg each made their second appearances for the United States at the World Junior Championships during 2019. They join Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, and Ian McCoshen as the Waterloo alumni with that distinction. Anderson and Samberg are the first Hawks with multiple medals from the competition (bronze last year, silver this winter).
Mikey Anderson served as captain for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team. His older brother, Joey, was captain in 2018. This was the third consecutive year that one or both members of the Anderson family has been on the team. Mikey Anderson led U.S. defensemen with five points, tying for fifth in overall team scoring.
En Route to the NHL
So far, six former Black Hawks who have worn red, white, and blue at the World Junior Championships have gone on to appear in the NHL: Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, Patrick Wey, Vinnie Hinostroza, Ian McCoshen, and Brock Boeser.
This season’s event marked the 40th anniversary of the first appearance by a Black Hawk at the World Junior Championships. In 1979, Mike Labianca was a member of the U.S. team during the third year the event was officially sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Labianca still holds the distinction of being the only Black Hawk selected to participate in the event for the U.S. while actively playing in Waterloo. During the winter of 1978/79, the Hawks and the United States Hockey League were transitioning from senior to junior players; Labianca was one of several youngsters who helped the Hawks win both the regular season and playoff titles.
Jack Drury stepped away from his freshman year at Harvard to play for his country at this year's event. He was one of seven players on the roster born in 2000 or later. Drury was the youngest player on the U.S. roster who had not been part of the National Team Development Program. His father, Ted, and his uncle, Chris, both also appeared at the World Junior Championships.
Shane Bowers’ Canadian National Junior Team did not meet the U.S. in British Columbia. Bowers had two assists in five games for the maple leaf-clad squad. Former Hawks players have had ties to many other nations during prior competitions. A group as diverse as Patrick Russell (Denmark), Jan-Mikael Juutilainen (Finland), Yuki Miura (Japan), and Pijus Rulevicius (Lithuania) just begins to scratch the surface of Waterloo’s international connections.
Find out more about the Waterloo Black Hawks who have played for Team USA in the One-Timer game program.
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