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Solag Bakich Commits to Notre Dame

05/21/2018, 10:45am CDT
By Tim Harwood, Waterloo Black Hawks

Waterloo forward becomes eighth player on 2017-18 roster to commit to college.

Photo by Stephanie Lyn Photography

Another generation of the Bakich family will be part of Notre Dame athletics following the commitment of Waterloo Black Hawks forward Solag Bakich to the Fighting Irish.


The Texas native joined the Black Hawks in November and contributed throughout Waterloo’s Anderson Cup season.  His father, Huntley, was a linebacker for the Fighting Irish football team during the Lou Holtz era.


A November trade with the Sioux City Musketeers brought the younger Bakich to the Black Hawks.  He made his first appearance for Waterloo on Nov. 10 and went on to skate in 49 total games for the team, notching six goals and 18 assists.  Bakich was also +10 for the Black Hawks.


His first Black Hawks goal was scored during the opening minute of a nail-biting 5-4 road win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Dec. 1.  That was one of five multi-point performances that highlighted Bakich’s 2017-18 campaign in Waterloo.  In another, he assisted on the first goal and then scored the game winner during a 5-1 victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Mar. 10.


With Bakich’s decision, 18 players on the 2017-18 Waterloo roster have an NCAA Division I college commitment.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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