When you think of Arizona, hockey usually isn't the first thing to come to mind. People will say Arizona isn't a hockey state, but just ask that question to the Hamburg brothers, Andrew and Anthony, and they will be quick to tell you different.
Andrew, a 1989 born player, will spend this season in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks. Following his season with the Hawks, he will enroll at Colorado College of the WCHA. Hamburg spent last season playing for the Dallas Stars Midget team. Waterloo selected Andrew in the 3rd round of the USHL futures draft last fall. He could turn into the biggest steal of that draft, as he has a lot of potential and has a nose for the back of the net. Andrew was recently named to the first team of USHN's Midget AAA all-stars for the 06-07 season.
Anthony, a 1991 born player, will play this season with the Dallas Stars U-18 AAA team this fall before hopefully making the jump to the USHL. He was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL bantam draft, but has made it clear he has his heart set on college hockey. Anthony played for the Des Moines team in the USHL showcase camp, and earned a tryout with the Tri-City Storm. Though he played well, he did not make the all-star game. Anthony was named MVP of the Calgary Stampede Tournament. He has been rumored to have interest in Colorado College, Denver, and Harvard for his college choices.
The Hamburg brothers will be putting up big points in the USHL for a few years. Anthony has yet to commit to a college, so he has time to outproduce his brother. Andrew will make his winter home in Waterloo, and Anthony says he would just like to play in the USHL and would just love the opportunity.
Watch for these guys to light the lamp at a rink near you.