April 28, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former Notre Dame forward Vince Hinostroza has been named to the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men’s World Championship from May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Hinostroza recently completed his first professional season, which included 66 games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) as well as seven games with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. With Rockford, he scored 18 goals and added 33 assists for 51 points en route to being named the team’s Rookie of the Year.
A native of Bartlett, Illinois, Hinostroza made his National Hockey League debut on Oct. 17, 2015 to become the 27th former Notre Dame player to reach the NHL (Stephen Johns then became the 28th later in the 2015-16 season).
Hinostroza played the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with Notre Dame and racked up 76 points (19-57-76) in 76 games. He was named to the 2013-14 Hockey East All-Rookie Team and then earned First Team Hockey East All-Star honors in 2014-15. As a sophomore, he totaled 44 points on 11 goals and a team-high 33 assists.
Hinostroza becomes the 12th former Notre Dame player named to the U.S. National Team and the first since Kyle Palmieri in 2012 (Helsinki, Finland). He previously represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also skated for three U.S. select teams, highlighted by the 2012 World Junior A Challenge where he was named the Most Valuable Player after scoring a team-leading six goals and helping Team USA to the tournament title.
The 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship includes two groups, each with eight teams. After round-robin play, the top four teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals. The U.S. will play its seven preliminary round games in St. Petersburg at Yubileiny Arena and its opponents will include Canada, Belarus, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).