Waterloo coach earns milestone victory
Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley collected the 529th regular season win of his USHL career when his team earned a 4-3 victory against the Youngstown Phantoms on Friday night, moving him into a tie for first place on the USHL all-time coaching wins list with Mike Hastings (Omaha Lancers, 1994-2008)
O’Handley has led the Black Hawks to a 26-5-1 record this season, his 12th year in Waterloo and 19th overall in the USHL. It was the 12th road win of the season for the team, tying for the League lead, and the 10th consecutive victory for the Black Hawks, the longest win streak in the USHL this season. Waterloo has earned a point in the standings for 16 straight games (15-0-1) and currently has the second best record in the League.
During his USHL career, O’Handley has accumulated a 529-441-74 record. He first stepped behind the bench in the League for the North Iowa Huskies during the 1991-92 season and guided them to 140 victories over seven seasons, including a team record 36 wins during the 1997-98 campaign.
Since arriving to Waterloo in 2002, O’Handley’s teams have won 389 games. He is four victories shy of having his ninth season of at least 30 wins with the Black Hawks. He has led the organization to a pair of championships, winning the Clark Cup in 2004 and the Anderson Cup title during the 2006-07 season when the club won a record 39 games. The Black Hawks again equaled the 39-win mark last season. O’Handley has been named USHL Coach of the Year on two occasions (2006-07, 2002-03) and twice earned USHL General Manager of the Year honors (2011-12, 2002-03).
In addition to piling up victories, O’Handley has developed hundreds of players that have gone on to NCAA Division I hockey. He has coached two of the last three MVP’s of the NCAA Frozen Four – Parker Milner (Boston College, 2012) and J.T. Brown (University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2011) – and the National Champion in each of the last four years has included at least one of his former players.
A number of his players have been selected in the NHL Draft, including five in during the USHL’s record-setting 2013 NHL Draft – Ian McCoshen (Florida Panthers), Eamon McAdam (New York Islanders), Taylor Cammarata (New York Islanders), Cal Petersen (Buffalo Sabres), and Jake Jackson (San Jose Sharks). This season alone, six of his former players have suited up in the NHL – Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Craig Smith (Nashville Predators), J.T Brown (Tampa Bay Lightning), Eriah Hayes (San Jose Sharks), Chad Billins (Calgary Flames), and Patrick Wey (Washington Capitals).
O’Handley has also guided several players that have gone on to coaching careers. His current staff includes two former pupils – Associate Head Coach Shane Fukushima (North Iowa Huskies, 1995-98) and Assistant Coach Scott Pavelski (Waterloo Black Hawks, 2007-09).
He has also had success on the international stage and served in multiple coaching roles for USA Hockey. He most recently led the Waterloo Black Hawks to a silver medal at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup, and led a team of USHL players to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge.
O’Handley is the only coach in USHL history to coach 1,000 games, reaching that milestone on March 9th, 2013. He earned his 500th win in the League on April 6th, 2013, becoming just one of four coaches to reach that plateau – Mike Hastings (529), Dave Siciliano (522), and Bob Ferguson (517). The next closest USHL coach to the 500-win mark is Mark Carlson of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders who currently has 475 regular season victories.
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 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).
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