After seeing J.T. Stenglein
at his best while he was a member of the Youngstown Phantoms and Sioux
City Musketeers, the Waterloo Black Hawks made a deal Tuesday to acquire
the veteran forward.
In exchange for the third-year USHL’er from Greece, New York, Waterloo sent Kyle Schmidt to Sioux City.
“Stenglein provides size, scoring ability, and veteran leadership.
He is a nice compliment to our current forwards and we look forward to
welcoming him to the Black Hawks,” said head coach P.K. O’Handley.
“Kyle is one of the best kids we’ve had in Waterloo. We’re sorry to
lose him, but with the Musketeers, he is likely to have different
opportunities, and we wish him well.”
Stenglein is a 6’0,” 200-pound Michigan State recruit, who began his
USHL career in Youngstown during the 2010/11 season. Last year, the
19-year-old led the Phantoms with 31 goals, a total which ranked fifth
in the United States Hockey League. Early this season, Stenglein
celebrated a four-goal performance against Waterloo on October 5th, an
effort which remains a league-high this season. Since being traded to
the Musketeers in late November, he recorded three more goals in two
games versus the Hawks. All totaled, he has been credited with twelve
goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 25 games this year. During his
USHL career, Stenglein has 44 goals and 36 assists in 123 regular season
games, plus another five points in six playoff appearances.
Schmidt debuted with Waterloo last season as an affiliate. Joining
the Hawks fulltime this year, the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, native had
six goals and a dozen assists while playing in 29 of 31 contests.
Waterloo had selected Schmidt during the 2011 USHL Entry Draft.
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