Hawks Announce Draft Day Deal

Add Former Thunder Forward for 2016/17

Prior to the start of the 2016 United States Hockey League Draft this evening, the Waterloo Black Hawks have made a deal to acquire forward Bailey Conger for next season.

Conger – on injured reserve at the end of 2015/16 and during the current Clark Cup playoffs – spent the winter as a member of the Bloomington Thunder.  He appeared in ten games, recoding a shootout goal and three assists.  The Boise, Idaho native scored his first USHL goal during an affiliate appearance in the spring of 2015 against the Madison Capitols.  Conger turned 19 on Sunday and stands at 6’0,” weighing in at 179 pounds.  He is a former Cushing Academy teammate of current Waterloo forward David Cotton.

To complete the trade, the Black Hawks sent the Thunder a seventh round selection in Phase I of the USHL Draft, plus a fourth round Phase II selection.  Waterloo acquired a tenth round Bloomington Phase II choice.

Phase I of the United States Hockey League Draft will begin this evening at 6 p.m. Central Time.  During the course of ten rounds, USHL clubs will select players born during 2000.  Phase II will be held Tuesday and covers an array of eligible players at various ages, allowing USHL member teams to begin the process of restocking their rosters for 2016/17.

The USHL Draft comes in the midst of the Black Hawks’ Clark Cup Playoff second round series against the Tri-City Storm.  Games Three and Four during the best-of-five affair will be played at Young Arena on Friday and Saturday.  The series is currently tied at one win apiece.  Tickets for both games in Waterloo are on sale now from waterlooblackhawks.com or by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.

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