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PRESS RELEASE: SAINTS RELEASE 30-MAN ROSTER, AFFILIATE LIST

By Jack Milewski, 09/01/19, 12:15PM CDT

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Saints Have 13 Skaters Returning From Last Year On List

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints have announced their 30-man roster ahead of the 2019-20 USHL season. 13 of the 30 players on the list played at least one game for the Fighting Saints last season as Dubuque returns a plethora of experienced players to Mystique Community Ice Center.

Riese Gaber, Dylan Jackson and Ty Jackson highlight the returning forwards as the three not only played last season with Dubuque but were featured on the same line for much of the season. Between the three players, Gaber and the Jacksons were able to accumulate 134 points in a combined 185 games. Cooper Haar and Bram Scheerer, who both provided exceptional second halves of 2018-19, will also return on the 30-man roster. Mason McCormick, who started on Dubuque’s affiliate list last season but saw plenty of action, will also be back along with Ryan Beck who finished the postseason with the Saints.

On the defensive side, Aidan Fulp, Luke Robinson, Kaelan Taylor, Michael Feenstra, Wyatt Kaiser, Braden Doyle and Ian Pierce all return after spending time with the Saints last season. Kaiser was the only member of the group to not skate in a game, but still joined the club for a week. Fulp, Taylor and Feenstra all made the squad out of camp, while Robinson was acquired midseason from the NAHL.

Speaking of the NAHL, Dubuque brings experience to camp from that level as well. Antonio Venuto, Gabe Temple, Ben Schultheis, Reggie Millette, Thomas Middleton, Jordon Halverson and Jimmy Glynn all cracked the list after spending time the North American Hockey League last season. Schultheis started the 2018-19 with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.

On the 30-Man list as well are two highly touted NHL prospects. Stephen Halliday who is a North Dakota commit and played last season with the Central Illinois Flying Aces, will join Dubuque after he was taken in the dispersal draft. Goaltender Erik Portillo, who was drafted 67th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2019 NHL Draft, will join the team as the front-runner to lead Dubuque between the pipes this season.

The Saints kick off their preseason schedule at home on September 13th, with a 7:05 puck drop against Cedar Rapids. The Fighting Saints will have to narrow their 30-man list down to just 23 heading into the regular season and opening night on October 5th. The full 30-man roster is listed below, with the affiliate list below that.

30-Man Protected List

Ryan Beck

Belle Tire U16

F

Mark Cheremeta

Boston University

F

Robert Cronin

The Gunnery Prep

F

Braden Doyle

Lawrence Academy

D

Michael Feenstra

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Joey Foss

Elk River High School

D

Aidan Fulp

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Riese Gaber

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Jimmy Glynn

Jamestown Rebels

F

Cooper Haar

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Stephen Halliday

Central Illinois Flying Aces

F

Jordon Halverson

Janesville Jets

D

Dylan Jackson

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Ty Jackson

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Wyatt Kaiser

Andover High School

D

Matthew Kopperud

Merritt Centennials

F

Jack Conroy

Odessa Jackalopes

F

Aidan McCarthy

Victory Honda U18

G

Mason McCormick

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Thomas Middleton

Janesville Jets

F

Reggie Millette

Austin Bruins

F

Ian Pierce

Kent School 

D

Erik Portillo

Frolunda Indians J20

G

Luke Robinson

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Bram Scheerer

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Ben Schultheis

Minnesota Magicians

D

Riley Stuart

Phoenix Jr Coyotes U16

F

Kaelan Taylor

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Gabe Temple

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

F

Antonio Venuto

Jamestown Rebels

F

 

Affiliate List

Jack Cronin

Noble and Greenough School

F

Alex Jefferies

The Gunnery Prep

F

Owen Baumgartner

Shattuck-St Mary’s

D

Michael Benning

Sherwood Park

D

Luke Gramer

Moorhead HS

D

Peter Kramer

Thayer Academy

F

Hunter Longhi

Bismark Bobcats

F

Carter Savoie

Sherwood Park

F

Max Burkholder

Chaska HS

D

Kenny Connors

Mount St. Charles

F

Ryan Del Monte

Toronto Nationals

F

Hobie Hedquist

Sioux Falls Power

G

Myles Hilman

NAX Prep

F

Connor Kurth

Gentry Academy

F

Declan Loughnane

Thayer Academy

D

Max Montes

Milwaukee Jr Admirals

F

Riley Rosenthal

South Florida Hockey Academy

D

Nick Roukounakis

Thayer Academy

F

Caden Villegas

Springfield Jr. Blues

F