Defenseman Will Transition to Pro Hockey
Former Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Mark Friedman has signed a one-year National Hockey League contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, following the conclusion of his junior season at Bowling Green State University.
Before being selected in the NHL Draft or playing in college, Friedman spent two seasons on the Black Hawks’ blue line. As a 16-year-old rookie in 2012/13, the Ontario native appeared in all 64 Black Hawks games, recording eight goals and 27 assists. The following year, he boosted his point total to 40 in just 51 regular season appearances. Friedman was also +22 during each of his two years skating for the Hawks. In addition, he recorded a dozen points in 17 USHL playoff games.
Friedman was an important figure during two highly successful Black Hawks campaigns. In 2012/13, Waterloo’s 39 wins equaled the club’s single-season record. A year later, the team set a new mark with 44 victories, winning the Anderson Cup regular season title and reaching the Clark Cup playoff championship series. For good measure, Friedman was also part of Waterloo’s 2012 silver medal-winning effort at the Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.
At the conclusion of his second United States Hockey League season, Friedman was selected by the Flyers during the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft with the 86th overall pick.
Since that time, Friedman has skated for the Falcons. In both his sophomore and junior seasons, he finished among Bowling Green’s top five scorers. His career NCAA marks include 16 goals and 52 assists in 121 appearances.
Before the end of this season, Friedman is anticipated to make his professional debut with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Six former Black Hawks have appeared in NHL games in 2013/14, including three of Friedman’s one-time Waterloo teammates: Vince Hinostroza (Chicago Blackhawks), Zach Sanford (St. Louis Blues/Washington Capitals), and Brandon Montour (Anaheim Ducks). The others are Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Craig Smith (Nashville Predators), and J.T. Brown (Tampa Bay Lightning).
Two other retired former Black Hawks have appeared in regular season games for the Flyers: defensemen Mark Eaton and Andrew Alberts.