Future Black Hawk Chooses Catamounts
Three weeks ahead of his first chance to take the ice in a regular season game for the Waterloo Black Hawks, forward Ryley Risling announced a future commitment to the University of Vermont on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old native of Medicine Hat, Alberta comes to Waterloo for the 2015/16 campaign from the Canmore Eagles of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Last winter, Risling appeared in 54 games for the Eagles, recording 46 points, including a team-leading 26 goals. Standing at 6-3 and weighing in at 200 pounds, Risling was a seventh round selection by the Black Hawks during Phase II of the United States Hockey League Draft.
Risling’s decision gives Waterloo a total of 16 college-committed players likely to appear during the USHL exhibition schedule, which begins for the Hawks next Tuesday in Des Moines against the Buccaneers. Among the crop of newcomers entering their first year in Waterloo, Risling is one of nine who has already chosen his NCAA destination.
The Black Hawks’ recent connections with the Catamounts’ program include forward Mike Montagna, who skated in Burlington during 2011/12 and 2012/13, and defenseman Drew MacKenzie, a four-year letter winner and Team MVP in 2011/12.
Following a six-game exhibition schedule, Risling and the Black Hawks will open the USHL regular season on September 25th with a road game against the Bloomington Thunder.