Hockey sprang to life in Waterloo, Iowa, when the Black Hawks and the United States Hockey League arrived in 1962. Immediate success on the ice allowed the franchise to put down deep roots. Paul Johnson, Jim Coyle, Bill Dobbyn, and a full cast led the Hawks to five consecutive championships in the 1960's. Their early accomplishments built a tradition which helped the sport through many leaner seasons. In more recent years, players like NHL all-star Jason Blake, U.S. Olympion Joe Pavelski, and Stanley Cup winner Mark Eaton have develpoed their skills in northeast Iowa.