Black Hawks D-Man Named USHL Player of the Week [Video]
For the third consecutive Monday, a Waterloo Black Hawk was recognized by the United States Hockey League; the USHL announced (Feb. 23, 2015) that Hayden Shaw is its CCM Defenseman of the Week.
Shaw recorded two multipoint games to help the Waterloo Black Hawks to victories on Friday and Saturday. He opened the weekend with three assists – including a pass which set up the game-winning goal – as the Hawks topped the USHL-leading Sioux City Musketeers, 6-2. The next evening in Bloomington, Illinois, versus the Thunder, the North Dakota recruit scored the winner himself and tacked on two more assists as Waterloo prevailed, 4-2. In addition to his valuable offensive contribution, Shaw was also strong defensively, earning a team-best +6 plus/minus differential.
The 18-year-old from Woodbury, Minnesota, now has ten points in his last five games. Over the same span, he is also +9. Shaw currently leads Waterloo defenseman with 28 points and is tied for fourth in scoring among all players at his position, league-wide. His three points Saturday moved Shaw within one goal or assist of equaling his scoring total from the 2013/14 season when he accumulated 29 points while playing in 53 contests. So far this season, he has taken the ice just 29 times. Shaw’s +11 plus/minus mark this season stands second on the squad behind only Tom Novak’s +13.
Shaw has been named the USHL Defenseman of the Week on one other occasion, during October of 2013.
His honor this week comes after Brock Boeser was recognized as co-CCM Forward of the Week last Monday and Cale Morris claimed the CCM Goaltender of the Week title a week prior to that. No other Black Hawk has been named a USHL Defenseman of the Week during the 2014/15 season.
Here are game highlights from the Waterloo Black Hawks' last home game on Friday, February 20, 2015.