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.
A hard-nosed forward with offensive skill. Hinostroza 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 himself. His 5'9 frame will not do him any favors as he moves up to college hockey in 2013, but he remains a versatile, hard-working forward who should still be able to carve out a role for himself at the NCAA level.
Hinostroza is in his sophomore season at the University of Notre Dame. He is definitely a project, but will have all the time he needs to develop in the NCAA.