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Athletes of the Week: Ian McCoshen and Taylor Cammarata


Some say there's no substitute for experience -- Waterloo's young guns Taylor Cammarata and Ian McCoshen have proven otherwise.

"Playing with older guys, it's a lot different. It's a lot faster, bigger guys out there, but I think I'm used to it now," Taylor Cammarata said.

McCoshen, the younger of the two is one of the top defensemen in the league -- standing at a formidable 6'3" and 225 pounds

"Ian McCoshen is probably about as close to an NHL prospect as we've ever had in this league at his position. He's 16 years old, and he looks like he's 25," P.K. O'Handley said.

Cammarata on the other hand stands 5'6" and weighs in at 15 pounds lighter than anyone else on the roster. That said, he's put up the Black Hawks top offensive numbers this season and is the only 16-year-old among the USHL's top 25 goal scorers this season.

"No player at his age has ever come into the league and put up the points he has. He can see things, and he tries things, and he's successful at things that most guys just can't do," O'Handley said.

The Black Hawks two youngest players, both 16, played together on 2 different teams before arriving in Waterloo and they're currently roommates off the ice.

"He's a handful, but he's a character. Fun to be around," McCoshen said.

"He's a big teddy bear, that's all he is," Cammarata said.

Together, the two youngest Black Hawks have helped to put this team in great position to chase their first Clark Cup since the 2004 season.

"It's not just one guy that's scoring. It's a bunch of guys. They're rising to the occasion," McCoshen said.

"We've known the whole year that we have the team to win it all, and I think it's our confidence just coming to the rink every day ready to go," Cammarata said.

The Hawks young guns should have two shots at the Cup as both plan on returning next season before moving on to college. Cammarata's headed to Minnesota while McCoshen's undecided. Both see the college route as they best way to reach their NHL dreams.


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