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USHL: Petersen Wins USA Hockey Honor
WATERLOO, Iowa -- USA Hockey will recognize Waterloo Black Hawks net-minder Cal Petersen as the Dave Peterson Goaltender of the Year during the national sanctioning bodys annual awards celebration next month in Colorado Springs.
The honor will conclude a memorable 12 months, during which the Waterloo native helped the Black Hawks to unprecedented team success while also achieving a variety of personal milestones.
Cals story will be told in Waterloo for a long time, said Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. OHandley. A few years ago, he was a young man who wanted to be a Black Hawk and make a difference for this organization. Cal did the work he needed to do to improve his natural abilities and made sacrifices that paid off. He has made himself into one of the best young goalies in the country.
Following his first year with the Hawks in 2012/13, Petersen was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres last June. During November, he was in net for three victories by the U.S. Junior Select Team, helping the squad to the World Junior A Challenge gold medal in Nova Scotia. It was a brief sabbatical during a USHL campaign in which Petersen tied for the league lead with 27 regular season victories, including two shutouts and was a member of the All-USHL Second Team. In net for a 6-2 decision against the Lincoln Stars on February 25th, Petersen set a new junior-era franchise record with his 48th regular season win. He concluded the campaign with 51 victories during scheduled play.
The 2013/14 Black Hawks won a franchise-record 44 games, while earning the Anderson Cup as the USHLs top regular season team. Entering the Clark Cup playoffs as the top seed, Petersen was in net for all 12 of the Hawks postseason contests, helping Waterloo reach the championship round for the fifth time during the last 11 years. He led (outright or tied) USHL goalies in playoff wins (8), saves (289), and minutes played (759:56). The Hawks ended the year as runners-up for the Clark Cup after a five-game series against the Indiana Ice.
Petersen is committed to the University of Notre Dame. He is the first Black Hawk to win USA Hockeys Dave Peterson Award.
The late Dave Peterson was the head coach of the 1988 and 1992 United States Mens Olympic Teams, as well as being an innovator in goalie training and development. The award presented in his honor has been given annually to the top American-born goaltender playing hockey at the junior level since 1998.