In honor of Brock Boeser’s efforts last week at the World Junior Championships and ahead of the Black Hawks’ games this weekend against the U.S. National Team Development Program, Where Are They Now presents a rundown of Waterloo players who have won medals for the U.S. during major international tournaments.
The International Ice Hockey Federation hosts three events which attract the attention of the entire hockey world: the Olympics, the Men’s World Championships, and the World Junior Championships. Former Black Hawks players have been contributors to some of the United States’ most successful teams during these tournaments.
2016 World Junior Championships – Helsinki, Finland
Facing Sweden during the bronze medal game last Tuesday, Boeser broke a 2-2 tie in the second period with a power play goal. Team USA went on to an 8-3 victory after Boeser’s go-ahead goal. The former Black Hawk forward finished the event with three points.
2013 Men’s World Championships – Helsinki, Finland
Smith ended the tournament with 14 points in ten games, the second-highest total on the U.S. squad and the third-best mark among all players at the event. The U.S. bronze was the nation’s first medal during the World Championships in a decade.
2011 World Junior Championships – Buffalo, New York
For the first time ever, the United States won a medal during the World Junior Championships while hosting the event. Wey played in all six games just four hours away from his home in Pittsburgh.
2010 Olympic Games – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Pavelski was one of six attackers on the ice when Zach Parise scored to force overtime in the gold medal game against the host Canadians. Unfortunately for the United States, Sidney Crosby netted the game-winner during the eighth minute of overtime. Pavelski recorded three assists during six tournament games.
2004 Men’s World Championships – Prague, Czech Republic
The bronze medal was awarded by way of a 1-0 shootout against Slovakia. The U.S. was able to reach the medal round after a quarterfinal win against the host Czechs, also in a shootout. Roach – who had been playing for a professional team in Switzerland that winter – had three assists in seven games.
1992 World Junior Championships – Fussen, Germany
Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, Corwin Saurdiff
The Ferraro Brothers combined for 15 points during seven tournament games, taking the success they enjoyed as a USHL combination to the world stage. After a loss to the team representing the former Soviet Union in the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Czechoslovakia for bronze.
1972 Olympic Games – Sapporo, Japan
Charlie Brown, Keith Christiansen
One had been a Black Hawk, the other would be. Christiansen made the most of his opportunity to represent the United States after playing in Waterloo during the 1967/68 season. Brown joined the Black Hawks for much of the mid-1970’s. Team USA’s silver medal success in these games is not well-remembered in popular culture due to limited live coverage and substantial difference in time between the United States and Japan.
1960 Olympic Games – Squaw Valley, California
Almost anyone who saw the first decade of Waterloo Black Hawks hockey will have memories of Paul Johnson’s offensive expertise. Perennially the Hawks’ scoring leader during the 1960’s, Johnson helped the U.S. to the first Olympic gold medal in team history. Johnson stacked up eight points in seven games, including the winning goal during a crucial 2-1 decision against Canada.
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