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Griffin Ness Commits to North Dakota

02/05/2019, 12:30pm CST
By Tim Harwood, Waterloo Black Hawks

Minnesota native is in first full USHL season.

Griffin Ness, Waterloo Black Hawks (courtesy Hickling Images)

Waterloo Black Hawks forward Griffin Ness’ first goal was the game-winner during the Black Hawks’ first victory of this season. Ness will also have the chance to help the Hawks to their first win of the 2019/20 campaign and many more next winter.


Tuesday, Ness announced his commitment to the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks hockey program.


“Griffin has brought versatility and leadership to Waterloo,” said Black Hawks Head Coach and General Manager P.K. O’Handley.  “This decision opens the door to a bright future for him – at North Dakota and beyond.  It helps establish a strong foundation for our team next season and will give the Fighting Hawks a player prepared to make an immediate impact.”


After Ness scored the decisive goal on Sept. 29 against the Omaha Lancers, he went on to add three more goals in October and recorded a hat trick versus the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Nov. 3.  In 36 USHL appearances this season, he has a total of eight goals and 19 points, ranking ninth on the team in scoring.  During December, Ness was out of the Waterloo lineup for four games in order to appear with the U.S. Junior Select Team during the World Junior A Challenge.  He recorded two goals and two assists in six games there – including the overtime winner in the semifinals – to help the American team to a gold medal.


Ness made his Black Hawks debut near the end of the 2017018 season as an affiliate.  He played in five regular season games last spring with one assist.  Ness then dressed for six playoff games.


Three Waterloo alumni currently skate for the Fighting Hawks: senior Hayden Shaw, junior Zach Yon, and sophomore Peter Thome.  Shaw, Brock Boeser, and Cameron Johnson were all part of the North Dakota program when the Fighting Hawks claimed the 2016 NCAA National Championship. 

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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