Let’s face it, 2001-2002 has not been the year for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Has the season been a total disappointment? No. Could the team have done better? Maybe if they had made the moves they did in January earlier in the season. But nonetheless the trades the Black Hawks made were good moves. Early in the season Waterloo dumped two of last years top players in Ryan Langenbrunner and Dan Krmpotich due to lack of production. In return the Black Hawks got Patrick Knutson from Lincoln and Nate Hansen from Rochester. Waterloo then quickly turned around and dumped Hansen to Des Moines along with another brief addition, Keith Boyer in return for Ross Carlson and Andy Nelson. That trade has turned the season around for Waterloo. No, they won’t make the playoffs but they have regained the respect of the league and the hope of the fans that this team once again has a future.
Not all the moves turned out to be good. Both trades with the Lincoln Stars turned sour. Each for different reasons. Patrick Knutson ended up leaving the team due to lack of playing time. It was obvious he wasn’t happy with the situation in Waterloo and decided to go elsewhere. Waterloo traded a high draft pick to Lincoln in return for the services of Beau Fritz. While Fritz was here he was sporadic but decent in replacing Josh Siembida. Perhaps one of the best goalies ever to play in the USHL on one of the worst teams. Fritz left after 11 games due to concern that he may lose years of NCAA eligibility if he played past his 21st birthday.
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