DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced their team awards for the 2018-19 season ahead of their final regular season series. The Saints awards included: Team MVP (as voted on by the players), Rookie of the Year and the Coaches Award. Check out the award winners below.
Team MVP: Matias Maccelli
The Team MVP, as selected by the players, went to the Saints leading scorer this season; Matias Maccelli. Not only did Maccelli lead the Saints in scoring, he also played valuable minutes in every situation and was one of the team leaders in ice time. Maccelli received an expanded role on the penalty kill and added to his game in many areas. The Saints forward is in the midst of one of the best single seasons in Fighting Saints history. He has 71 points with two games left to play.
Leading Scorer: Matias Maccelli
Though there are two games remaining, this race has been decided. Matias Maccelli also takes home the leading scorer award for Dubuque. With just two games left, Maccelli has 22 points more than the next closest teammate. He rocketed up the USHL scoring charts in early November and has been no lower than fifth since the beginning of December. Maccelli has 30 goals and 41 assists. He has two shorthanded goals and 26 points on the power play. At 71 total points, only two Saints in the Tier-1 era have had a better statistical season.
Rookie of the Year: Ty and Dylan Jackson
The Rookie of the Year award is given to the Saints player who is a 2000 birth year or younger and had played in fewer than 10 USHL games coming in to the season. Ty and Dylan Jackson have had tremendous first years for the Saints. Dylan currently has 13 goals and 30 assists for 43 points while Ty has 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points. What might be even more impressive for the two first year USHLer’s is the fact that they have played in every game so far this season. Ty and Dylan have both won USHL weekly honors and have worked well on a line with Riese Gaber for most of the season.
Coaches Award: Riese Gaber
The Coaches Award is given to the player that best exemplifies what it means to be a Fighting Saint both on and off the ice. That player should exhibit a relentless mentality in all that they do for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Gaber is in his first season in the USHL and is second on the team with 49 points. Gaber is known to throw his weight around on the ice and is scrappy, yet extremely talented. Gaber’s on ice mentality reflects his off-ice mentality as well as he has represented the Fighting Saints well in all aspects during his first season in Dubuque.
Joanne Gibson Academic Award: Ty Jackson
The Joanne Gibson Academic Award is given to the player who goes above and beyond off the ice in the classroom. Ty Jackson attended high school in the Dubuque area, taking an accelerated course structure to couple his academics with hockey. Ty, in his first season in the USHL has managed the school curriculum and hockey responsibilities extremely well.
Bill Snook Community Award: Logan Pietila and Jacob Semik
The Bill Snook Community Award is given to the player or players who represent the Fighting Saints off the ice and in the community to the highest degree. Both Jacob Semik and Logan Pietila personify what the Saints look for in terms of community engagement. Semik and Pietila regularly engage in Saints team events in the community. In addition, every Wednesday, they volunteered at local elementary schools as part of St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment program. Both Semik and Pietila assisted students in both reading and practicing good life habits during their work on Wednesday mornings.
The Saints are proud to congratulate all of their award recipients this season. Dubuque will be making their ninth-straight playoff appearance in less than a week. Dubuque closes out the regular season in a home and home against the Waterloo Black Hawks before taking on either the Chicago Steel, Youngstown Phantoms or Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the first round.