The Waterloo Black Hawks will get an early start to the next hockey season. The Black Hawks will represent the United States in the Junior Club World Cup Tournament in Russia this August.

Waterloo coach P.K. O’Handley who says the players are thrilled with the opportunity to represent their country. He says it’s an opportunity to grow as a team and see a part of the world they might not otherwise get to see.

O’Handley says it’s a “unique and humbling” thing to be on a national team and be playing in a foreign country. O’Handley says the team will meet for training camp in July. The tournament will be August 18th through the 26th.

By Elwin Huffman, KOEL, Oelwein