Dubuque Fighting Saints

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Dubuque Fighting Saints
Dubuque Fighting Saints Logo.svg
City Dubuque, Iowa
League USHL
Division East
Founded 1980 and 2010
Home arena Mystique Ice Center

Red & White

Owner(s) Northern Lights Hockey, LLC (Brad Kwong, managing director)
General manager Matt Shaw
Head coach Matt Shaw
Media Telegraph Herald, KIYX
Franchise history
1980-2001 Dubuque Fighting Saints
2010–present Dubuque Fighting Saints

The Dubuque Fighting Saints is a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL). Located in the city of Dubuque, Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi River at the intersection of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Home games are played at the Mystique Ice Community Center (capacity: 3,079). Home and away games are broadcast live on KIYX, with Zack Fisch handling play-by-play with select games televised locally each season on KCRG-TV channel 9.2.

The original Dubuque Fighting Saints played at the multi-purpose Dubuque Five Flags Center arena from 1980-2001. After the 2001 season the franchise was relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma where it folded a year later. In late 2009, shortly after construction began on a new ice arena, the Mystique Community Ice Center, several investors stepped forward and announced plans to bring a USHL hockey expansion team back to Dubuque, replacing the very successful Dubuque Thunderbirds hockey team that played several seasons in the MNJHL and later the CSHL. After an vote from Dubuque hockey fans was completed, it was announced that the Fighting Saints would once again be their team name, to honor the original Fighting Saints.


The Fighting Saints team colors are red and white and a secondary color sliver. Their main logo is a Gothic style D with a sword piercing the D and a halo on the top.

Team History[edit]

DubuqueFightingSaints.com Team History

USHL Clark Cup Playoff Champions

2013, 2011, 1985, 1983, 1981

USHL Anderson Cup Regular Season Champions

2012-13 season, 1982-83 season

1980 - 2001 - See Dubuque Fighting Saints (1980-2001) for history prior to rejoining the league or go to http://www.DubuqueFightingSaints.com

2010 - 2011 - In their first year back in the USHL, the expansion Fighting Saints created a storybook season garnering an impressive 37-14-9 record and taking 1st place in the Western Conference.[1] The Saints would go on to a 9-2 playoff record, defeating the Fargo Force three games to none in the Quarterfinals; Sioux Falls three games to one in the Semifinals and win the 2011 USHL Clark Cup, defeating the defending Clark Cup Champion Green Bay Gamblers three games to one in the best-of-five finals. [2]

2011 - 2012 - After an off-season move to the Eastern Conference, the defending champions would finish in third place with a 36-20-4 record.[3] They would go on to win the Qualifying Round of the playoffs two games to none over Team USA and were eliminated in the quarterfinals to Indiana 3 games to 0.[4]

2012 - 2013 - The Fighting Saints would roll through the season with a 45-11-8 record, finishing first in the Eastern Conference and the overall league leaders securing their first Anderson Cup Regular Season Championship since the 1982-83 season.[5] The Clark Cup Quarterfinals, Dubuque skated to a three games to none win over Muskegon. They Youngstown Phantoms took Dubuque to a decisive game 5 in the Semifinals, with the Saints advancing with the win. In the Clark Cup finals, the Saints won the championship on the road by taking down the Fargo Force three games to zero.[6] Jim Montgomery served as the team's head coach and general manager from 2010 through the end of the 2013 season. In June 2013, Matt Shaw was hired as Head Coach and GM to replace Jim Montgomery who was hired as Head Coach of the Denver University Pioneers.

2013 - 2014 - Their first year under Coach Shaw, the defending champions skated to a 33-23-4 regular season record, finishing 3rd in the Eastern Conference and getting the postseason invite for the fourth time in four years.[7] They would defeat the rival Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the Quarterfinals three games to one before being eliminated by the eventual champion, Indiana Ice, three games to none in the Semifinals.[8]

2014 - 2015 - Season currently in progress.

Professional Staff[edit]

DubuqueFightingSaints.com Hockey Operations Staff

Matt Shaw, Head Coach / General Manager

• Mike Field, Assistant Coach / Director of Scouting

• Oliver David, Assistant Coach

• Matt Millar, Goalie Coach / Director of Hockey Operations.

• Sean Murdoch, Athletic Trainer

• Trevor Heinzerling, Equipment Manager

• Jim Romagna, Strength and Conditioning Coach

• Patti Schwartz, Housing Coordinator

• JoAnne Gibson, Education Coordinator

DubuqueFightingSaints.com Front Office Staff

• Dan Lehv, President

• Matt Rau, Vice President Business Operations

• Katie Kenne, Director of Sales and Marketing

• Tyler Loucks, Director of Ticket Sales

• Zack Fisch, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations

• Casey Weitz, Manager of Promotions, Merchandise & Community Partnerships

• Bill Snook, Sales and Community Relations Representative

• Eric Prohaska, Video Specialist

• Chris Fleischmann & Elizabeth Peterson, Account Executives

• Julie Conklin, Business Manager

Alumni in the NHL[edit]

DubuqueFightingSaints.com Alumni

Johnny Gaudreau (2010–11) - Selected as the Calgary Flames' fourth-round, 104th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Johnny was a member of the Boston College Eagles 2012 NCAA National Championship team, a finalist for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, and the recipient of the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award as the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men's hockey player. He made his NHL debut with the Flames in the final game of the 2013–14 NHL season, scoring a goal in his first game. Selected to play in the 2015 NHL All Star Game where he registered an assist.

Zemgus Girgensons (2010–11, 2012–13) - Selected as the Buffalo Sabres' first-round selection, 14th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres during the 2013–14 NHL season, scoring a goal in his first game and becoming the first former Saint to play in the NHL since its return as a franchise. Zemgus was a member of Latvia's 2014 Olympic Men's Hockey Team held in Sochi, Russia. Zemgus was the first place vote-getter for the 2015 NHL All Star Game.[9]

Andy Wozniewski (1998-1999) - Undrafted from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Wozniewski signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004 and making is NHL debut in the 2005-06 season. He would later play for the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins.

Mark Mowers (1993–94) - Undrafted from the University of New Hampshire. Mowers made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators in the 1998-99 season. He would later play for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks. Retired from professional hockey in 2011.

Landon Wilson (1992–93) - Selected as the Toronto Maple Leafs' first-round selection, 19th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson made his NHL debut with the Stanley Cup winning Colorado Avalanche in the 1995–96 season. Wilson later played for the Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Dallas Stars. Retired from professional hockey in 2010.

Chris Ferraro (1990–91, 1991–92) - Selected as the New York Rangers' fourth-round pick, 85th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. During his NHL career, he played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. He also represented the United States at the World Junior Hockey Championships in 1992 and 1993, and at the World Championships in 2003. Retired from professional hockey in 2009.

Peter Ferraro (1990–91, 1991–92) - Selected as the New York Rangers' first-round pick, 24th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. During his NHL career, he played for the New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals. Retired from professional hockey in 2009.

Gary Suter (1981–82, 1982–83) - Selected as the ninth-round, 180th overall, in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Four time NHL All Star who played for Calgary, Chicago and San Jose. 1986 Recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. Member of the 1989 Calgary Flames Stanley Cup Championship team. Two time Olympian (2002 Silver Medalist), 2011 Inductee in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Retired from professional hockey in 2002.


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