Defenseman to join Black Hawks for 2015-16 season
The Waterloo Black Hawks are already building for the future as they used a “tender” on defenseman Mikey Anderson who is a product of Hill-Murray School in Minnesota.
Over 25 games high school games this season as a freshman for Hill-Murray, Anderson recorded 11 points (6g, 5a) and helped the Pioneers finish with an 18-7-0 record. He netted two goals in a 7-1 win vs. Tartan on February 12th, and he then had a three-point night (1g, 2a) in the 4-0 win against Stillwater in the section playoffs. The gifted defenseman was also on varsity squad last year as just an eighth grader.
In addition to his time at Hill-Murray, Anderson played for Team Northeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League, scoring 12 points (4g, 8a) over 19 games.
Anderson is committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. His older brother, Joey Anderson, is a member of Team USA’s Under-17 squad and has put up 21 points (14g, 7a) in 31 USHL games this season, including four goals over his last five games. He is also committed to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth following his USHL career.
“We look forward to Mikey joining our organization to continue his development,” said Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley. “He will be coming to Waterloo with quite a bit of experience for a young man of his age, and with a bright future ahead of him.”
Now in its fourth year, the USHL tender process allows teams to sign up to two 1999 birth year players prior to the 2015 USHL Draft. The first “tender” for a team would take the place of a first-round pick in Phase One of the USHL Draft, and if the team tenders a second player, that would take the place of a second-round selection in Phase One.
Waterloo does not have a first-round pick in Phase One of the 2015 USHL Draft, thus the tender of Anderson takes the place of their second-round selection.
All tendered players will be on their respective teams’ roster for the 2015-16 season and play at least 55% of their team’s regular season games.
Anderson is the second-ever tender by the Waterloo Black Hawks, joining defenseman Sam Rossini who was tendered by the team prior to the 2014 USHL Draft. The 16-year-old Rossini has recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 40 games this season for Waterloo.
Prior to this season, 28 players have been selected all-time in the USHL tender process, including current players Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms (2012) and Seamus Malone of the Dubuque Fighting Saints (2012).
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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