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DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints have released the 30-man roster and affiliates list today. The current roster will take part in the preseason, and will be trimmed down to a 23-man roster, which will be unveiled towards the beginning of the regular season on October 6. The full roster and affiliates list can be found on DubuqueFightingSaints.com.
11 familiar faces return to the mix, led by team captain Cole Guttman, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning over the summer. The rest of the list includes a forward group of Quinn Preston, Scott Corbett, Alex Steeves and Tyce Thompson, a blue line of Jacob Semik, Brendan Bushy, Casey Staum and Aidan Fulp, and both goaltenders, Jaxon Castor and Evan Fear.
Santeri Virtanen, who saw time in Dubuque during the 2016 preseason slate, will get his real chance at the junior level after scoring a selection by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. Virtanen has consistently represented his native country of Finland during his brief hockey career thanks to his blend of size and skill at the center position.
18 newcomers join the fray for Dubuque after the graduation of a majority of players to the college level, such as USHL Forward of the Year Zach Solow, and goal-scoring winger Colin Theisen, veteran defensemen Jeff Baum and Taylor Brierley, among many others.
Among the newcomers is top-round Phase II pick Josh Maniscalco, who played the last two seasons with the National Team Development Program, and could heavily factor into the team’s defense corps. Seven newcomers on the 30-man roster come from the NAHL, and three come from Europe, including the aforementioned Virtanen, Czech forward Jan Kern, and Swedish defenseman Jonatan Asplund.
The preseason begins on Friday, September 15 against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at Our House. Tickets for all preseason and regular season games will go on sale Tuesday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. by calling 563.583.6880, or by going to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.