For the third-straight season, the Dubuque Fighting Saints saw at least two players named to the USHL All-Academic Team. Riley Stuart and Stephen Halliday were both honored by the league for producing exceptional results in the classroom all season long.
Dubuque has placed a strong emphasis on molding well-rounded individuals on and off the ice during their 10 seasons back in the USHL. Stuart and Halliday have continued a tradition of excellence in the classroom, showcasing a strong work ethic and drive to get better in their academics.
“Handling the rigors of the USHL schedule alone is difficult,” said Saints GM Kalle Larsson. “Combining it with not only being a full-time student, but also excelling in the classroom takes special skills and determination. Stephen and Riley have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and this a well-deserved recognition. Academics is a very important part of our program, and our academic advisor, JoAnne Gibson, once again shows what a great resource she is to our players.”
In head coach Oliver David’s three seasons, Dubuque has placed seven players on the All-Academic Team out of a total of 18 selections in those three years. JoAnne Gibson, who has been the Saints Education Coordinator since 2010, has been instrumental in the academic excellence in Dubuque.
“I want to congratulate Steve and Riley for graduating in the Class of 2020 and for continuing the Saints' tradition of academic achievement,” said Gibson. “Both of them were very self-motivated, worked hard, and did not need my persuasive comments very often. Thanks to the faculty, administration, and staff at Dubuque Senior High School for the support they give to our hockey players. It takes the whole community to have this kind of success.”
Halliday and Stuart are both already committed to college, continuing their hockey careers and higher education at North Dakota and Arizona State respectively. Teammate Ty Jackson was named to the All-Academic Team last season.