Hank Sorensen, Waterloo Black Hawks (courtesy Hickling Images)
Veteran Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Hank Sorensen has committed to Northern Michigan, the team announced Wednesday.
When he arrives in Marquette, MI next fall, Sorensen will join three other Waterloo alumni who are on this season’s roster: junior defensemen Phil Beaulieu and Ben Newhouse along with freshman forward Garrett Klee. The Wildcats coaching staff also includes a former Hawks defenseman, Rob Lehtinen.
Sorensen played his 100th United States Hockey League regular season game Friday when Waterloo visited the Sioux Falls Stampede, celebrating with an assist. The next night against the Sioux City Musketeers, the 20-year-old notched a goal and an assist.
“Our entire organization couldn’t be more excited for Hank,” said Black Hawks Head Coach and General Manager P.K. O’Handley. “He has become a very effective defenseman and continues to add new elements to his game which are helping our team right now, and which will benefit Northern Michigan in years to come.”
Last season, Sorensen had a +7 plus-minus differential and 22 points (5G, 17A). Those numbers make him the Hawks’ top returning scorer from 2017-18. All totaled in regular season USHL competition, Sorensen has 11 goals and 30 assists during his 101 appearances.
He is now one of 14 current Black Hawks with a college commitment.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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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