Schifsky Selects Maize & Blue
Waterloo, Iowa - Waterloo's hockey connections to the University of Michigan go all the way back to 1962 through inaugural Black Hawks Oakie Brumm, Bernie Nielsen, and Jim Coyle; nearly 60 years later, forward Garrett Schifsky is the newest link between the Cedar Valley and Ann Arbor.
Waterloo's leading goal-scorer announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Sunday. The 18-year-old from Andover, Minnesota, has 17 goals, plus five assists in 31 Black Hawks games this winter. That includes three game-winning scores, the most recent coming against the Fargo Force on December 17th. Schifsky is currently riding a four-game goal streak, which has pushed him into a tie for eighth overall in the USHL.
"Garrett has had a tremendous season, thus far," said Hawks Head Coach Matt Smaby. "His determination and work ethic - not only in games but on a daily basis - has propelled his game to another level. We are thrilled that Garrett has chosen a school and we are extremely excited to continue working with Garrett in his preparation to play college hockey."
Schifsky made his USHL debut with the Hawks on April 3rd last spring after recording one of the highest point totals (60) in Minnesota high school hockey during 2020/21. As a Black Hawks affiliate, he scored twice in eight games. This season, Schifsky has been a key special teams contributor, notching seven of Waterloo's 20 power play goals in addition to the team's lone shorthanded tally. He has also made an impact at the faceoff dot in all zones.
Some of Waterloo's more recent ties to the Michigan program have included forward Emil Ohrvall, defenseman Christian Meike, and goalie Hayden Lavigne within the past several seasons. Forward Bobby Hayes won a pair of NCAA championships with the Wolverines (1996 and 1998) after skating for Waterloo earlier in the 1990s.
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