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Fighting Saints Release 2021–22 30-Man Roster

By Jordan Kuhns, 09/01/21, 11:45AM CDT

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List includes 11 returners from 2020–21 season

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints, led by general manager Kalle Larsson and head coach Greg Brown, have released the team’s 30-man roster in conjunction with the USHL.

The Fighting Saints’ 2021–22 30-man roster is as follows:

POSITION

NAME

PREVIOUS TEAM

DATE OF BIRTH

Forward

Nikita Borodayenko

Spartak Moscow Jr.

6/17/02

Forward

Michael Burchill

Detroit Compuware U15

4/29/05

Defense

Max Burkholder

Dubuque Fighting Saints

8/8/03

Forward

Kenny Connors

Dubuque Fighting Saints

3/10/03

Forward

Mikey DeAngelo

Chicago Mission U16

11/19/04

Defense

Zane Demsey

Dubuque Fighting Saints

11/4/01

Forward

Jaxson Ezman

Janesville Jets

12/22/02

Defense

Michael Feenstra

Dubuque Fighting Saints

4/3/01

Goaltender

Paxton Geisel

St. Cloud Norsemen

1/18/04

Forward

William Hallén

Frölunda J20

4/15/02

Forward

Stephen Halliday

Dubuque Fighting Saints

7/2/02

Forward

Justin Janicke

USA NTDP U18s

6/30/03

Forward

Andrew King

Neponset Valley River Rats U18

4/28/03

Forward

Peter Kramer

Thayer Academy

8/8/02

Defense

Axel Kumlin

Frölunda J20

2/23/02

Forward

Connor Kurth

Dubuque Fighting Saints

7/30/03

Forward

Tristan Lemyre

Dubuque Fighting Saints

1/15/01

Forward

Gabriel Lundberg

Frölunda J20

2/8/02

Defense

Christopher Lynch

Färjestad J20

4/25/02

Forward

Max Montes

Dubuque Fighting Saints

9/1/03

Forward

Shawn O’Donnell

Pittsburgh Penguins U18

6/21/03

Defense

Lucas Ölvestad

Djurgården J20

3/19/02

Defense

Austin Oravetz

Pittsburgh Penguins U18

9/26/03

Defense

Riley Rosenthal

Dubuque Fighting Saints

12/10/03

Forward

Samu Salminen

Jokerit U20

4/9/03

Forward

(Carter) Primo Self

Dubuque Fighting Saints

11/27/01

Defense

Samuel Sjölund

AIK J20

5/19/01

Forward

Ryan St. Louis

USA NTDP U18s

6/13/03

Forward

Riley Stuart

Dubuque Fighting Saints

1/17/02

Goaltender

Philip Svedebäck

Växjö J20

5/28/02

 

 

The 30-man roster includes 11 full time returners (Burkholder, Connors, Demsey, Feenstra, Halliday, Kurth, Lemyre, Montes, Rosenthal, Self, Stuart), and two players who played part of the season for the Fighting Saints (Oravetz, DeAngelo) during the 2020–21 season. Combined, the returners sport 745 games’ worth of USHL experience.

The Saints will see a completely new look in net, with Boston Bruins prospect Philip Svedebäck and 2022 NHL Draft prospect Paxton Geisel battling for ice time in between the pipes.

Svedebäck, 19, spent most of the season with the Växjö Lakers U20 club last season, where he posted a 5-6-0 record, a 3.47 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He also played two games at the third tier professional level in Sweden with Hammarby IF. Boston selected the 6’3” netminder in the fourth round, 117th overall, in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Geisel, 17, comes off of a season with the North American Hockey League’s St. Cloud Norsemen. It was there that he racked up NAHL All-Central Division Rookie honors. The Denver commit played in 40 games, put together a 14-22-0 record, a 3.37 GAA and a .892 save percentage. Geisel is a product of the Dallas Stars Elite program.

Dubuque will see a decidedly international flavor to the roster this season. Svedebäck, along with William Hallén, Axel Kumlin, Gabriel Lundberg, Christopher Lynch, Lucas Ölvestad and Samuel Sjölund, all have Swedish ties. The Fighting Saints also bring in Russian sniper Nikita Borodayenko, who put up back-to-back double-digit goal scoring seasons in Russia’s top junior league, the MHL.

The 2021–22 preseason gets underway Friday, September 10 at 7:05 p.m. against the Green Bay Gamblers, beginning a four-game preseason slate ahead of Opening Night, presented by MidWestOne Bank on Friday, October 9, also against the Gamblers.