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Black Hawks look for help in trip to Russia

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Waterloo Black Hawks fans have the opportunity to own a piece of team history while also making the organization's trip to the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia possible.

Waterloo's participation in the tournament was announced last month and will provide the chance for players to face leading junior teams from around the world.  The white uniforms which the Hawks will wear during the event next month are on sale now and will be delivered when the team returns.  Fans may choose from the available numbers on a first-come,  first-serve basis for a $1,000 contribution to the Hawks' travel fund.  At the donor's discretion, the sweater may be autographed by the player who wore it, the entire team, or left without signatures.  For an additional $150, it will be provided in a custom frame.

"Our fans have asked many times over how they can help with this Russian trip," said Black Hawks head coach P.K. O'Handley.  "This is a great way to show everyone that you helped make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity possible for our players; there won't be very many of these jerseys out there.  This has been a tremendous undertaking, but we are looking forward to representing the Cedar Valley, the USHL, and all of the United States in this event."

For those who would like to make a donation on a smaller scale, the Hawks will provide an autographed team photo, signed by each member of the squad traveling to Russia for $150.  Gifts of $50 or greater will be recognized with a special team pin, like those which will be exchanged by the Hawks with each of their opponents, as is customary during international events.

Contributions of all varieties are welcomed.  The Hawks will also hold a Fan Fest fundraising event during the team's orientation camp at Young Arena later this month to help mitigate travel expenses.  More details will be released soon.  It is estimated that expenses for the 16-day trip to Russia, including airfare, lodging, meals, equipment, and other considerations, will total between $4,000 and $5,000 per player or staff member.

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