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Posted On Thursday, 09.20.2012 / 9:23 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen ready for season; excited for Prospects Game

Ian McCoshen will be entering his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 207-pound defenseman, regarded as an 'A List' prospect by NHL Central Scouting entering the 2012-13 season, has produced eight goals and 26 points in 97 career games in the USHL. McCoshen, who will take part in the All American Prospects Game in Buffalo on Sept. 29, has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com all season long leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hello everyone. My name is Ian McCoshen, and I play for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey league. This will be my third year with the Black Hawks.

I am tremendously excited for the season to start back up again. We have a talented group of guys this year, but we need to work all the time in order to really utilize the skill we have.

Overall, all of the boys are pretty excited to start up as well.

Our trip to Russia to participate in the Junior Club World Cup last month was an unbelievable experience for our team and myself. Systematically, we progressed each game throughout the tournament. I believe, if you ask any guy on the team, they would all say that our time in Omsk and Moscow was the best training camp we could have asked for. We collectively bonded as a team far earlier in the season than usual, which I believe, gives us an edge to begin our USHL season.


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Posted On Monday, 08.27.2012 / 8:52 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen given special opportunity in Russia

Hi all.

 Waterloo's Ian McCoshen signs autographs outside arena

The team is really coming together during the Junior Club World Cup. We haven’t made it easy on ourselves, but have been finding ways to win. In our game against Norway, we got behind and started to panic just a little bit. Eventually we figured it out, playing our game by working hard and shooting the puck. We came back and finished off with a 5-3 win.

Again we had a quick turnaround with a game the following day. This one was really big because it was a must-win to advance to the semifinal round. It also happened to be against the hometown Omsk Hawks. That was a game I will never forget -- Hawks vs. Hawks. It was pretty crazy and surreal to play in front of that many people. I think it was almost 9,000 fans.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 9:47 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen recaps opening three games in Russia

Ian McCoshen will be entering his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound McCoshen, regarded as one of the top draft eligible prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft, has produced eight goals and 26 points in 97 career games in the USHL. Waterloo is representing the USHL in the 2012 Junior Club World Cup tournament this week and McCoshen, 17, has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com that will document his stay in Russia.

Hi everyone!

adjusted pretty well to Omsk already, even though we are three time zones away from Moscow and 12 time zones from back in Waterloo.

Overall, this city is not nearly as big as Moscow and it is obvious as soon as you step outside the hotel. Moscow was so robust and had so much going on, much like New York City. I would compare Omsk to be more like Minneapolis back in the United States because it is much calmer. The group is much more comfortable here and I think it is because of the city size. Omsk seems way more down to earth. Moscow was just too big for us with the large group of people we have traveling.

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Posted On Monday, 08.20.2012 / 11:48 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen enjoying time on and off ice in Russia

Hi everyone!

The time in Moscow has been really unique. We played our first game as a team against the Russian junior team, CSKA Red Army, and earned a 4-2 victory. Heading into such a historic arena to play that team was a pretty cool experience … just to think about all the great players who have played there.

   Ian McCoshen (Steph Regenold/Waterloo Black Hawks)

We didn't have the start we wanted but it was a pretty good pace throughout the first period. We started to pick it up and the power-play was working. Our best period was probably the third and we really took it to them. Even though it was an exhibition game, it was a good win for the team to help build some momentum going into the tournament in Omsk.

Their style is a little different and presented some challenges to us defensemen. Coming into the zone, they always had two forwards close together, either looking for a quick shot or a drop-pass for a one-timer, and it was a little tough because we didn't want to have two of our defensemen playing so close together. The Russian team also seemed to look for that long stretch quite often.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.16.2012 / 8:45 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

Waterloo's McCoshen ready for Jr. Club World Cup

Ian McCoshen will be entering his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound McCoshen, regarded as one of the top draft eligible prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft, has produced eight goals and 26 points in 97 career games in the USHL. Waterloo is representing the USHL in the 2012 Junior Club World Cup tournament from Aug. 18-26 in Omsk, Russia. McCoshen, 17, has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his stay in Russia both on and off the ice.

Hello everyone!

Ian McCoshen (Steph Regenold/Waterloo Black Hawks)

My name is Ian McCoshen and I play defense for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL.

Thanks to NHL.com for giving me the chance to share my experiences as our team prepares for the upcoming season with our big trip to Russia for the 2012 Junior Club World Cup.

I first came to Waterloo when I was 15 years old and have enjoyed every moment of my time here. Not too many guys can say they played three seasons in the USHL and I have a unique opportunity to again be part of such an outstanding league.

I am looking forward to this season ahead of us because we have a good team with a great group of guys and I'm really excited about what we can do. Our team came up just one game short of winning the Clark Cup last season and it took me a couple months to get over that feeling of being so close to a championship. It was tough to get to sleep at night with that weighing on my mind, but it gives me even more motivation heading into this season.

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