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Black Hawks Forward Commits to University of Minnesota

Friday November 4, 2011

Waterloo Black Hawks rookie forward Taylor Cammarata. (photo courtesy of the Waterloo Black Hawks)

The Waterloo Black Hawks announced that rookie forward Taylor Cammarata has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota beginning in the 2013-14 season.

Cammarata was selected by the Black Hawks with the first overall pick in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft and has quickly made an impact during his rookie USHL season as he leads the team with 11 points (3g, 8a) through 10 games.  The 16-year-old from Plymouth, Minnesota collected two assists in his first USHL game, a 3-1 win vs. Omaha on September 30th, and then scored his first goal in the League during his second game, a 4-3 victory over Lincoln on October 7th

“After growing up in Minnesota, I know what an honor and an opportunity it is to play for the Gophers,” Cammarata said.  “I look forward to joining a program which has expectations to be one of the top college teams in the country every winter.”

The Black Hawks drafted Cammarata after he was one of the top scorers in the history of Shattuck-St. Mary’s U-16 program based in Faribault, Minnesota.

“I am very happy for Taylor,” said Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley.  “We’ve already seen that he is very talented, but he still works very hard to make himself better.  There are many more good things still ahead of him during his time in Waterloo.”

Cammarata joins Black Hawks teammate A.J. Michaelson who is also committed to play hockey at the University of Minnesota.  Three other current USHL players also have future plans to attend the school; Gabe Guertler (Fargo Force), Adam Wilcox (Green Bay Gamblers), and Brady Skjei (Team USA).

The University of Minnesota is a member of the WCHA and has 19 USHL alumni on the roster this season; Seth Helgeson (Sioux City Musketeers), Taylor Matson (Des Moines Buccaneers), Justin Holl (Omaha Lancers), Nico Sacchetti (Omaha Lancers), Tommy Serratore (Youngstown/Sioux City), Joe Miller (Lincoln/Sioux Falls/Sioux City), Nate Condon (Fargo Force), Nick Larson (Omaha Lancers), Erik Haula (Omaha Lancers), Jake Hansen (Sioux Falls Stampede), Nate Schmidt (Fargo Force), Kent Patterson (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Kyle Rau (Sioux Falls Stampede), Sam Warning (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Seth Ambroz (Omaha Lancers), Blake Thompson (Wateroo/Sioux Falls), Travis Boyd (Team USA), Ben Marshall (Omaha Lancers), and Christian Isackson (Sioux Falls Stampede).

USHL stats – Taylor Cammarata


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12.  With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 18 NHL draftees on its rosters last season, and over 280 players committed to NCAA Division I schools during the 2010-11 season, the USHL is emerging 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 multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).

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