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Waterloo Defenseman Commits to University of North Dakota

01/09/2014, 8:00am CST
By bwerger

The Waterloo Black Hawks announced that rookie defenseman Hayden Shaw has committed to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota following his USHL career.

Shaw has put up 17 points (6g, 11a) in 24 games this season and currently ranks sixth among USHL defensemen in scoring.  The 17-year-old had a big start to his USHL career as he dished out an assist during his debut with the Hawks, and then scored a goal in each of the next four games.  Five of his goals have come on the power play and he ranks tied for 12th overall in the League in that category.

The native of Woodbury, Minnesota was acquired by the Black Hawks in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft.  He is the son of Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach Matt Shaw.

“Hayden has outstanding hockey instincts,” said Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley.  “He has made some very timely contributions and scored some big goals for us, while being one of only a handful of high school-aged players on our roster.  The future looks very bright for him as he continues to develop.”

A total of 13 other current USHL players are committed to the University of North Dakota; Christian Cakebread (Fargo Force), Cam Johnson (Fargo Force), Jack Rowe (Fargo Force), Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers), John Simonson (Lincoln Stars), Luke Voltin (Lincoln Stars), Tucker Poolman (Omaha Lancers), Ryan Mantha (Sioux City Musketeers), Trevor Olson (Sioux City Musketeers), Austin Poganski (Tri-City Storm), Chris Wilkie (Tri-City Storm), Christian Evers (Team USA), Shane Gersich (Team USA), and Brandon Fortunato (Team USA).

The University of North Dakota is a member of the newly-formed NCHC and has 13 USHL alumni on the roster this season; Keaton Thompson (Team USA/Fargo Force), Nick Mattson (Indiana Ice), Paul LaDue (Lincoln Stars), Drake Caggiula (Des Moines Buccaneers), Michael Parks (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Colten St. Clair (Fargo Force), Rocco Grimaldi (Team USA), Gage Ausmus (Team USA), Andrew Panzarella (Waterloo/Tri-City/Des Moines), Jordan Schmaltz(Green Bay/Sioux City), Luke Johnson (Lincoln Stars), Bryn Chyzyk (Fargo Force), and Zane Gothberg (Fargo Force).  Additionally, North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol began his coaching career in the USHL as he spent four seasons as head coach of the Sioux City Musketeers (1996-2000).

USHL stats – Hayden Shaw


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (


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