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Hawks McCoshen Picks Boston College

Friday November 9, 2012

Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Ian McCoshen. (photo by Britta Lewis)

NHL Draft top prospect to play college hockey for Eagles

The Waterloo Black Hawks announced that defenseman Ian McCoshen has committed to play hockey at Boston College.  The NHL Draft prospect was one of the nation's prized college hockey recruits this season.

The third-year USHL defenseman has recorded four points (1g, 3a) in eight games with the Black Hawks this season and currently leads the League with a plus-13 rating.  He has finished each game this season with an even-or-better plus/minus rating, including a USHL career high plus-four in the 8-3 win against Youngstown on October 28th.

At just 17 years old, McCoshen is already a veteran of 105 USHL regular season games.  He first entered the League at age 15 and dished out six assists in 42 games.  Last year, McCoshen tallied 20 points (8g, 12a) and a plus-four rating in 55 games.  He then added seven points (4g, 3a) in 15 playoff games to help Waterloo reach the Clark Cup Final series.  His point total tied for second among all defensemen in the playoffs.

“Ian is a special player.  His size makes him a candidate for the early rounds of the NHL Draft, and his mental approach is remarkably mature,” said Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley.  “Most importantly, he is a great kid.  His best games in Waterloo, and in his hockey career, are still ahead of him.”

NHL Central Scouting listed McCoshen among “A” skaters in their “Players to Watch” for the 2012-13 season, meaning he is considered a first-round NHL Draft selection.  At the beginning of the season, he played with other top draft-eligible talent at the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, New York.

The 6-3, 210-pound native of Hudson, Wisconsin has also played on the international stage, including this summer with the Waterloo Black Hawks as they captured silver at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Russia.  Last year, McCoshen teamed up with other USHL players to represent the United States at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge where they earned bronze.  He was selected to compete in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge but was unable to participate due to illness.

Nine other current USHL players are committed to Boston College; Chris Birdsall (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Sam Piazza (Chicago Steel), Adam Gilmour (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Matt Gaudreau (Omaha Lancers), Conor McGlynn (Sioux City Musketeers), Steven Santini (Team USA), Scott Savage (Team USA), Alex Tuch (Team USA), and Austin Cangelosi (Youngstown Phantoms).

Boston College is a member of Hockey East and has nine USHL alumni on the Eagles roster this season; Teddy Doherty (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Michael Matheson (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Patrick Wey (Waterloo Black Hawks), Brendan Silk (Team USA), Pat Mullane (Omaha Lancers), Johnny Gaudreau (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Bill Arnold (Team USA), Quinn Smith (Youngstown Phantoms), and Parker Milner (Waterloo Black Hawks).

USHL stats – Ian McCoshen


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 11th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2012-13.  With 18 NHL Draft picks on team rosters and over 200 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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