2009-10: Vince Hinostroza was the fourth-leading scorer for the Chicago Mission U16 midget team. In 34 games he scored 13 goals with 21 assists and had 38 penalty minutes. Hinostroza attended USA Hockey’s Central District U16 camp and was selected by Waterloo in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2010 USHL Futures Draft. He was invited to attend the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor and committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2013-14.
2010-11: Hinostroza signed with Waterloo in the USHL – foregoing the US NDTP. In 50 games with the Black Hawks he scored 8 goals with 14 assists and was minus-one with 36 penalty minutes. Waterloo finished seventh in the USHL’s Eastern Division and was swept by Indiana in a two-game playoff series. Hinostroza did not play in the series with the Ice after suffering a late-season knee injury that required surgery.
2011-12: Hinostroza finished second in scoring on the Black Hawks behind 16-year-old Taylor Cammarata as Waterloo was third in the Western Division in the USHL’s re-aligned divisions. He represented the USA in the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge. Hinostroza scored 20 goals with 24 assists and was plus-11 with 56 penalty minutes in 55 games for Waterloo. Waterloo advanced to the USHL Clark Cup playoff finals, losing to Green Bay in a decisive Game 5 but Hinostroza missed the playoffs due to an “upper body injury”. Hinostroza was the third-leading scorer for the USA at the WJAC, scoring 1 goal with 3 assists in five games. Hinostroza was ranked 115th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Chicago in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Hinostroza was among the USHL’s leading scorers before suffering a broken arm in early February and also played for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge. He scored 25 goals with 35 assists in 46 regular season games and was +22 with 14 penalty minutes for Waterloo. Hinostroza played all five games in the Black Hawks’ playoff series against Fargo and scored 4 goals with 3 assists. Hinostroza led all scorers with 6 goals and 2 assists in four games at the WJAC.
2013-14: Hinostroza was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team following his freshman season at Notre Dame and played for the USA U20 team at the 2014 World Juniors. Hinostroza was the third-leading scorer for the Fighting Irish behind T.J. Tynan (CBS) and Bryan Rust (PIT), scoring 8 goals with 24 assists in 34 games. He finished plus-6 with 4 penalty minutes. Notre Dame finished eighth in Hockey East in its first year in the conference. The Fighting Irish upset first-place Boston College in the conference tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament; falling to St. Cloud State, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinals. Hinostroza scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was plus-2 in five games at the WJC. The USA finished fifth after a 5-3 loss to Russia in the quarterfinals.
2014-15: Hinostroza signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in March 2015 following his sophomore season at Notre Dame and made his pro hockey debut with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford. He had 2 assists and was -2 with no penalties in five regular season games for the IceHogs, who finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Hinostroza did not appear in any playoff games. He was the leading scorer for Notre Dame in his final season of college hockey — scoring 11 goals with a team-leading 33 assists in 42 games — and was +4 with 48 penalty minutes. Notre Dame finished fifth in Hockey East; taking fourth-place Massachusetts-Lowell to three games in the Hockey East quarterfinals before falling 6-4 in the decisive third game and finishing 18-19-5.
Hinostroza is a hard-nosed forward with offensive skill. He is aggressive on the forecheck and in getting to the front of the net, where he has the hands to set up his teammates or hit the back of the net. His lack of stature will be a challenge at the pro level but he was able to overcome that at the college level and could due the same as a pro. He will likely need time at the minor level to both mature physically, adapt to the faster and more physical pro style, and round out the supplementary areas of his game.
Hinostroza attended his first training camp with the Blackhawks and will begin his pro career with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford in 2015-16. After appearing in five games with the IceHogs at the end of last season, he is expected to work his way into the lineup on a full-time basis as he adjusts from college to pro hockey. As with many late-round picks, particularly a player of his stature, he was selected as a project and faces long odds at one day skating in the NHL. His offensive success at Notre Dame suggests there is potential — though with the depth in Chicago's organization he may have to be patient.