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Are you interested in playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints? CLICK HERE to fill out a recruit questionnaire and your information will be forwarded to our Hockey Operations Staff. Check out the information below to learn why Dubuque is the top choice to play junior hockey not only in the USHL, but also in the United States and beyond. 

Why the Dubuque Fighting Saints?

Tradition of Success and Player Advancement

Few teams can boast the success that the Fighting Saints have had in the past four seasons. Since bringing USHL hockey back to Dubuque in 2010, the Fighting Saints have won a pair of championships, competed internationally, advanced numerous players to NCAA Division-1 college hockey, and produced NHL Draft picks, including current NHL All-Stars Johnny Gaudreau (pictured left) and Zemgus Girgensons.

The Fighting Saints have qualified for the USHL playoffs in all seven seasons since re-entering the USHL, winning the Clark Cup as playoff champions in 2011 and 2013, while claiming the Anderson Cup as regular season champions in 2013. The club also won the Eastern Iowa rivalry trophy, the Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup, in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Dubuque's success earned them to represent the United States and the USHL at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia where Dubuque claimed the Bronze Medal. 

Mystique Community Ice Center

The Dubuque Fighting Saints boast a first-class facility that is among the premier facilities in junior hockey. The 3,079-seat Mystique Community Ice Center was built in 2010 and with Dubuque's passionate fan base, provides a true home ice advantage that makes it a tough place for opponents to play. The building features 11 luxury suites, an exclusive rinkside club, and a Kids Zone adding to the family friendly fun of a Fighting Saints game. The arena is equipped with top-notch amenities for the Fighting Saints, including a team locker room and a trainer's room. The Mystique Community Ice Center is also one of just a few USHL arenas to feature a weight room on site, providing Fighting Saints players excellent facilities to train year-round off the ice. 

World Class Coaches and Hockey Operations Staff

The Fighting Saints are led by what many experts consider to be one of the top coaching staffs in the USHL. Head Coach Oliver David brings over 10 years of coaching experience at the junior hockey level. He has continued to add to the the success of Jason Lammers, who continued the Saints' tradition of excellence with a Clark Cup Final berth in 2016, Matt Shaw, who led the Saints to an Eastern Conference Final berth, and Jim Montgomery, who brought the Fighting Saints two championships in his three seasons before accepting the Head Coach position at the University of Denver.
Assistant Coaches Paul Kirtland and Matt Millar bring multiple years of player development to the table. Kirtland helped lead the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League to a Robertson Cup championship through his scouting and development acumen. Millar helped develop pro-style goalies like Hunter Miska, who signed an entry-level deal with the Arizona Coyotes, and Jaxon Castor, who finished 2017 as a ranked goalie by NHL Central Scouting.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Romagna is a former world champion bodybuilder who gives Fighting Saints players expert instruction to help take their game to the next level.

Home Away From Home

While in Dubuque, players are taken care of on and off the ice. Dubuque has a history of providing players with housing opportunities with quality billet families located in the immediate area. The Fighting Saints organization thoroughly screens and provides wonderful housing families. Our families work hand in hand with the organization to provide great direction and support for all our players. Families are screened on their value systems, their ability to provide a safe and clean environment and, of course, great food for our always hungry young athletes. There is no cost to our players or their families for this "room and board."
The Fighting Saints are also committed to being active members of the Dubuque community. Players, coaches and front office staff are expected to be involved in the community through appearances at schools, hospitals and the many non-profit organizations in Dubuque. The team will also be active in a number of fundraisers throughout the season, raising money for a number of worthwhile organizations throughout Dubuque. Also during the season, the Fighting Saints players will make weekly appearances throughout Dubuque. Giving back to the community is always a priority for the Fighting Saints.

First-Class Ownership Group

Northern Lights Hockey, LLC is the company that owns and operates the Fighting Saints.  The owners of Northern Lights Hockey, LLC collectively provide an extensive background in both business and hockey, and represent interests on a national and local level. Philip Falcone, Chief Investment Officer of Harbinger Capital Partners and former part owner of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild is the company’s principal owner. The ownership group also includes Peter Chiarelli, a Stanley Cup Champion and current President of Hockey Operations and General Manager for the Edmonton Oilers,  Mark Falcone and Brad Kwong, Managing Partner of Northern Lights Hockey, LLC.  Philip Falcone, Chiarelli and Kwong all played hockey together at Harvard University in the mid- 1980’s.  The group also includes local Iowan partners Mark Falb and David S. Field, M.D.  Falb currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Enterprises, Inc and Kendall / Hunt Publishing Company.  Dr. Field has practiced orthopedic surgery for 30 years and has been the driving force behind hockey in Dubuque.  Dr. Field also owned the Dubuque Thunderbirds, the USA Hockey Tier III team that competed in the Central States Hockey League through the 2009-10 Season.

Unprecedented Media Coverage

The Fighting Saints Radio Network broadcasts all pre-season, regular season and playoff games on Dubuque Super Hits 106.1 FM. The "Voice of the Fighting Saints," Jordan Kuhns, calls all the action, both at home, and on the road. The games are also streamed via the Fighting Saints and Dubuque Super Hits website. In addition, video webcasts are available for all games via for a small fee. HockeyTV is the official video provider of the USHL and streams all regular season and playoff games. Select games are also broadcasted locally on KCRG 9.2-TV. The Fighting Saints are also covered by many local media sources, including the Telegraph Herald, KCRG-TV, KGAN-TV, and KWWL-TV

"Masterpiece on the Mississippi"

Dubuque, Iowa's seventh largest city, is located along the banks of the Mississippi River at the junction of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, is a thriving city that boasts small-town warmth and friendliness, great education and little crime. In recent years the city has gained national attention and recognition. Dubuque has been named an All-America City in 2007, 2012 and 2013. The prestigious award recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. Awarded by the National Civic League, it is the nation's most prestigious and oldest civic recognition program. 

Forbes Magazine recently ranked Dubuque as one of the "Best Small Places for Business and Careers". Inc. Magazine recently selected Dubuque as one of its "Best Cities and Boom Towns," the only Iowa city listed in the overall Top 25 in the United States.

Dubuque is viewed as one of the best places in the country to live for all ages due to its job growth, rich history, magnificent historical architecture, diverse arts and cultural amenities and abundant natural beauty, including majestic limestone bluffs along the Mississippi riverfront.

Dubuque has a long history of hockey participation and support. The city has housed a junior hockey team since 1980, and the current Fighting Saints have called the city home since 2010. Visit our Team History page for more on Dubuque's hockey history. 

More About Dubuque

Not only is Dubuque a city with rich hockey tradition, it's a great place to live, work or visit. Click the links below to learn more. 

Dubuque and the Surrounding Community:
-City of Dubuque
-Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau
-Dubuque Chamber of Commerce

Hotels and Lodging:
Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena