The 2016 offseason will be busy for current and former Black Hawks – and the organization as a whole. Look for a new edition of the Waterloo Black Hawks Summer Update ever few weeks for the latest details on what’s happening in and around Party Town.
• Wrapping Up Russia – Vince Hinostroza and the United States National Team completed play during the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia on Sunday. The former Waterloo forward recorded a goal and two assists in nine games during the tournament. After earning the last slot in the quarterfinals, Team USA surprised Czech Republic and made a bid for a medal, finishing fourth after a 4-3 semifinal loss to Canada and a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the host Russians in the bronze medal game.
• Cup Countdown – Two Waterloo alumni continue to pursue the Stanley Cup. J.T. Brown and the Tampa Bay Lightning need one more win to claim the NHL’s Eastern Conference title and advance to the finals. Brown has played in seven of Tampa Bay’s playoff games, recording two assists. Game Six in the series – which the Lightning lead 3-2 – is Tuesday. Meanwhile, Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks seek a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Finals series against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Currently tied 2-2, Game Five is in St. Louis Monday. Pavelski has 18 points in 16 playoff games, which ties for third among all league players.
• USHL Finale – The Tri-City Storm won their first Clark Cup Friday, completing a three-games-to-none series win against the Dubuque Fighting Saints with a 4-1 Game Three decision. Waterloo was the only foe to win a playoff game against the champs, taking Games Two and Four during the second round. Tri-City had advanced from their first round set in three games against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
• #OneThousandHawks Update – Over 600 fans have answered the call to be among the #OneThousandHawks. The organization is planning a number of ways to celebrate this summer’s season ticket campaign goal. Find out more here.
• My Waterloo Days – People in the Park? What about “Tommy Hawk in the Park?” Meet Tommy Hawk during the My Waterloo Days People in the Park event on the afternoons of June 9th and 10th. Tommy will also be waving at you during the My Waterloo Days Parade on the 10th from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Play Ball – The first pitch at Riverfront Stadium this summer is just over a week away. Black Hawks season ticket holders will receive a free ticket to the Waterloo Bucks game on July 14th against the Duluth Huskies. Go Buck Wild with us in July!
• Hawks Jerseys – If you purchased a Black Hawks game jersey during one of the season-ending auctions, they are ready for pickup. Headed somewhere cool this summer? Get a picture in your Hawks sweater and share it with Waterloo hockey fans everywhere on Facebook and Twitter.