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Black Hawks Forward Picks University of Connecticut

03/27/2014, 10:00am CDT
By bwerger

The Waterloo Black Hawks announced that rookie forward Tyson McLellan has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Connecticut following his USHL career.

McLellan has recorded nine points (4g, 5a) in 42 games this season with the Black Hawks.  He scored his first USHL goal in a 4-2 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede on November 8th, 2013.  The 18-year-old added three points (1g, 2a) for the Hawks over a pair of victories last weekend. 

“Tyson has looked more and more comfortable in the USHL,” said Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O’Handley.  “He is a solid skater and brings a positive attitude to the rink every day.  His teammates voted him the ‘Most Improved Player’ and I anticipate he will continue to improve.”

The San Jose, California product came to Waterloo after being selected by the team in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft.  He played his youth hockey for the San Jose Sr. Sharks organization.  His father, Todd McLellan, is a head coach in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks.

McLellan joins teammate Derek Pratt who is also committed to the University of Connecticut.  Three other players that have competed in the USHL this season also have plans to play hockey at the school – Brendan Shane (Des Moines Buccaneers), Will Garin (Tri-City Storm), and Anthony Siderio (Youngstown Phantoms).

The University of Connecticut was a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association this season and had six USHL alumni on the roster; Christian Neumann (Chicago Steel), Billy Latta (Chicago/Sioux City), Brent Norris (Youngstown Phantoms), Patrick Kirtland (Des Moines Buccaneers), Brett Skibba (Green Bay Gamblers), and Ben Oskroba (Lincoln Stars).  Connecticut will join Hockey East beginning with the 2014-15 season.

USHL stats – Tyson McLellan


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 (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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