Former Hawk Signs After NCAA Sophomore Season
When the Waterloo Black Hawks won the 2013/14 Anderson Cup, Patrick Russell was the team’s leading goal scorer, and Monday the Edmonton Oilers signed Russell to a two-year NHL contract.
This season, Russell was a sophomore at St. Cloud State University. Playing for former Hawk Bob Motzko, Russell scored 20 goals and added 21 assists in 41 college games. The Huskies were the NCHC Tournament Champions and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Just two seasons earlier, the native of Denmark led Waterloo with 29 goals as the Hawks set a club record with 44 wins, earning the organization’s second junior-era regular season championship. Russell’s lone campaign in Waterloo included 49 points in 55 scheduled games. He also contributed eight postseason points to help the Hawks reach the Clark Cup Championship Series.
During the 2015/16 NHL season, four former Black Hawks have played at hockey’s highest level: Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Craig Smith (Nashville Predators), J.T. Brown (Tampa Bay Lightning), and Vince Hinostroza (Chicago Blackhawks). Hinostoza made his NHL debut during the campaign. As of Monday afternoon, Pavelski, Smith, and Brown are all still active during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Waterloo has one alumnus who has appeared in an NHL regular season game for Edmonton: forward Chris Ferraro played two games for the Oilers during 1998/99.