The Fighting Saints are proud to announce that the Edwards family has been nominated as Billet Family of the Year. The Edwards’ have been billets for more than five seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Amy Edwards is in her second season as the team’s Billet Coordinator. She and her husband Doug have been an integral part of the Fighting Saints, aiding the Saints in many off-ice initiatives outside of just the billeting aspects.
The USHL announced the new Billet of the Year Award for the 2019-20 season which is designed to honor one family per team who have embraced the role of being billets.
"We want to thank every single family that serves as a billet for our players. We started this award this year to recognize their selflessness," said USHL President & Commissioner Tom Garrity. "While we know every single one of our billet families for all 16 of our Member Clubs welcome our players with open arms as if they're members of their own family, we are excited that going forward, our Clubs will be able to highlight one of these outstanding families each season. Their commitment to shaping these young men's careers and personalities during their time in the USHL is exemplary and we are continually amazed by the dedication they show in serving as a billet family."
This season, Amy continued her role as Billet Coordinator, organizing the housing plans and details for the 30-plus players who lived in Dubuque during the season. In addition, she organized the Saints parents’ weekend which included a team brunch, parents’ reception and parents weekend presentation during one of the Saints games.
Amy and Doug started off as the billet parents of Mark Cheremeta and Braden Doyle for the 2019-20 season. During the course of the season, they graciously took in a third player and housed them for the year as well. The Edwards house was the sight of the team’s weekly poker night and the Edwards have hosted poker night, which is a Fighting Saints tradition, for the past five seasons. Not only did the Edwards host poker night, they also hosted numerous group dinners for players outside of the three they housed.
“In addition to contributing to our community and the Dubuque Fighting Saints, our family truly enjoys the opportunity to provide for these young men while they pursue their dreams and we are profoundly grateful for the relationships formed with families from around the world,” said Amy Edwards.
Amy and Doug exemplify the dedication and passion that makes the Fighting Saints a great organization. They are undoubtedly a key part to the Saints organization and amongst a cast of fantastic candidates in the Dubuque community, they stand out as the Billet Family of the Year.