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Black Hawks headed to Russia

The Waterloo Black Hawks will represent the United States later this summer during the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia, the team announced Monday.
The international event, slated for August 18th to 26th in the south central Russian city, will feature leading junior hockey teams from ten European and North American nations.  In its second year, the tournament is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
"This is an opportunity to give our players a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O'Handley.  "We look forward to using these games and this trip to not only make a better hockey team for the 2012-2013 season, but to also help advance the development of our players as young men."
O'Handley has a variety of international coaching experience.  In this sphere, he was most notably chosen as an assistant coach for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships in Ottawa.  As head coach of U.S. Junior Select Teams composed largely of USHL players, O'Handley struck gold at the World Junior A Challenge in 2010 after shepherding the U.S. to a third-place, bronze medal finish in 2007 at the event.  He also directed medal-winning efforts at the 2003 and 2005 Viking Cup tournaments.  O'Handley's first opportunity to direct a team sporting red, white, and blue came in 1997 with a golden result at the Four Nations Tournament in Germany.
The Black Hawks will appear in round-robin pool play against junior clubs from Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, and Norway.  Additional teams from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden will also participate in the event.  The top two teams from each pool will advance to the tournament semifinals.
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