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2021-22 USHL Season Preview: Dubuque Fighting Saints

09/18/2021, 7:30am CDT

Player to Watch

Connor Kurth is coming off a 2020-21 season that saw the Dubuque forward named USHL Scholar Athlete of the Year, make the USHL All-Rookie Second Team and be ranked by NHL Central Scouting all as a rookie skater. Kurth will try to help the Fighting Saints make it 11-straight postseason appearances this season. 

"Connor had a terrific rookie season in the USHL. With a full year in the league under his belt, we expect him to take even more of a leadership role this year. He is also a player we expect offensive contributions from on a consistent basis."
- Dubuque Fighting Saints General Manager Kalle Larsson

Key Additions/Subtractions

Additions: Mikey DeAngelo, William Hallén, Lucas Olvestad, Philip Svedebäck

Subtractions: Andrei Buyalsky, Robert Cronin, Henry Thrun

NHL Draft

NHL Drafted Players

Samuel Sjölund - Dallas Stars (2019, 4th Round, #111)
Philip Svedbäck - Boston Bruins (2021, 4th Round, #117)

NHL Draft Prospects

Kenny Connors
Paxton Geisel
William Hallen
Connor Kurth

New Coaches in Dubuque

Greg Brown (Head Coach)

NCAA Commitments

  • Arizona State University: Mikey DeAngelo, Riley Stuart
  • Colorado College: Max Burkholder
  • Denver University: Paxton Geisel, Tristan Lemyre, Samu Salminen
  • Miami University (OH): Carter Primo Self
  • Michigan State University: Michael Feenstra
  • Northeastern University: Ryan St. Louis
  • Princeton University: Jaxson Ezman
  • Providence College: Peter Kramer
  • St. Cloud State University: Max Montes
  • University of Massachusetts: Michael Burchill, Kenny Connors
  • University of Minnesota: Connor Kurth
  • University of Notre Dame: Justin Janicke

Home Games to Watch For

October 9, 2021 vs. Green Bay Gamblers
- Opening Night Presented by MidWestOne Bank

January 15, 2022 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
- Fighting Saints Fight Cancer Night Presented by Medical Associates

March 25, 2022 vs. Madison Capitols
- Saint4Life Night Sponsored by The Avery Foundation

Additional Comments from Kalle Larsson

"We look forward to another season playing in front of our great fans in Dubuque. They came out and supported our team last season during a year like no other. Hopefully, things will be more “normal” this year and we are excited to take the ice at Mystique Community Ice Center in front of our great fans and supporters again. Our core of returners is solid and our incoming players have valuable experience from both junior leagues and international play. Hence, there is going to be fierce competition for spots on the final roster and we look forward to another season of Fighting Saints hockey."

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