Visited Russia with Black Hawks in 2012
Four years after starring for the Waterloo Black Hawks during the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Siberia, forward Vince Hinostroza will represent the United States in St. Petersburg during the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championships, USA Hockey announced Thursday.
The United States Men’s National Team will take the ice during the sport’s top annual international competition May 6th through 22nd. Last season, Team USA claimed a bronze medal. The 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship will include teams from 16 nations. The U.S. will play its seven preliminary round games against Canada, Belarus, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, and Slovakia.
Just over a year ago, Hinostroza signed a professional contract with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, later making his National Hockey League debut in October. The Bartlett, Illinois, native spent much of the winter with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, leading the squad with 51 points in 66 games.
In August of 2012, prior to his third year with the Black Hawks, Hinostoza helped lift Waterloo to a silver medal at the Junior Club World Cup Tournament in Omsk. During six games at the event, he recorded three goals, including a dramatic equalizer with less than two seconds remaining against Linkopings of Sweden during the tournament semifinal. He went on to record two conversions during the shootout which followed overtime, pushing the Black Hawks to the gold medal game.
Hinostroza also previously represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he tied for second on Team USA in goals (three) and third in points (five). He also skated for three U.S. select teams, highlighted by the 2012 World Junior A Challenge where he was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a team-leading six goals and helping Team USA to the tournament title.
During 151 USHL regular season games for Waterloo from 2010 to 2013, Hinostroza had 53 goals and 73 assists. The resulting 126 points tie for tenth during the Hawks’ junior era. A 2012 NHL draft pick by Chicago, Hinostroza spent two seasons in the NCAA with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Black Hawks were last represented by an alumnus on the United States’ roster for the Men’s World Championship in 2014, when Craig Smith had the honor.