Still at the outset of his second season in junior hockey, Waterloo Black Hawks forward John Wiitala has committed to play college hockey for Ohio State University, the Hawks announced Wednesday.
Through seven appearances this season, the Lakeville, Minnesota native has recorded three assists. Wiitala had six goals and five assists while playing in 51 games as a USHL rookie in 2012/13. Voted the co-winner of the team’s Most Improved Player award by his teammates in 2012/13, Wiitala is part of the Hawks’ leadership team this season.
“John brings great character and work ethic to the rink,” said Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O’Handley. “I am very happy for him personally and look forward to watching him develop his game this winter.”
Wiitala is the 12th member of the 2013/14 Black Hawks to secure an NCAA Division college commitment. He is the first member of this season’s Waterloo squad to choose a Big Ten university. Current Buckeye forwards Matt Johnson and Anthony Greco spent time with the Black Hawks during their junior hockey careers.
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