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USHL: Waterloo Gets Jump on Draft Obtaining Mobile Blue-Liner

Waterloo, Iowa -- The Waterloo Black Hawks are pleased to announce the 2014/15 acquisition of defenseman Sam Rossini via a tender agreement, inked this week ahead of the United States Hockey League Draft.

Rossini, who will turn 16 in June, is the first player the Black Hawks have tendered since the process became available to USHL teams as a draft alternative in 2012.  As a sophomore at Burnsville (Minnesota) High School, the 6-2, 175-pound defender scored five goals and tallied five assists over 27 games.  One year prior, Rossini skated in 22 varsity games as a freshman.

We are pleased to welcome Sam to the Waterloo Black Hawks family, said Head Coach P.K. OHandley.  Burnsville has produced some players who have had success here in the Cedar Valley and beyond, and that tradition will continue.

Former members of the Burnsville Blaze who have gone on to star in Waterloo include forward Tyler Barnes, who completed his NCAA career at the University of Wisconsin last month, defenseman Eddie Wittchow, a draft pick of the Florida Panthers and current Badger, and forward Tyler Sheehy, who recorded 49 points in 49 Hawks regular season games this winter and who is currently tied for second in playoff scoring with four goals and six assists.

As part of the tender procedure, the Black Hawks will forego their first pick during Phase I of the USHL Draft which will be conducted on Monday.  Phase II of the draft, typically utilized by teams to select older players, will be held next Tuesday.

Waterloos current Clark Cup Semifinal series versus the Sioux City Musketeers will continue on Friday.  Headed to western Iowa, the Hawks currently lead the best-of-five set, 2-0, after protecting home ice with wins in Games One and Two last weekend at Young Arena.

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