DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints organization is proud to formally recognize Chad & Jodie Truitt as a USHL Billet Family of the Year. Every season, teams from around the USHL spotlight families that have made an incredible commitment to the health and safety of the players they house.
The Truitts have been a host family for the Dubuque Fighting Saints organization for the past six seasons. They have been through just about every situation possible, whether housing players for multiple seasons, or even just for short times, but they have always been there for their players no matter what.
“While all of our billet families in Dubuque are exceptional, the Truitts certainly deserve this distinction. Chad and Jodie have been dedicated to our program for years; they are reliable and devoted to our players and they are valuable assets to the Dubuque Fighting Saints organization,” said Amy Edwards, the Saints’ housing coordinator. “Congratulations. I know that all of your former billet sons will agree that you have earned this honor. You are appreciated.”
Last season, the Truitts housed defenseman Zane Demsey and goaltender Philip Svedebäck. Demsey has been housed by the Truitts since he was acquired by the Fighting Saints in February of 2021, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I really can’t say enough good things about the Truitt family. From the start of my experience with them, they were nothing but amazing,” said Demsey, who will be playing at Miami University next season. “They did such a great job bringing my roommate and I and truly giving us a home away from home. They would also never hesitate to go the extra mile to make things a little easier on us whenever possible. I’ll always be thankful for my time spent with the Truitts as well as the memories.”
Svedebäck, through injury, illness, and personal adversity this past season, found his home away from home with the Truitts.
“Every day they made me feel like I was home while away from home,” said Svedebäck, who will be playing at Providence College next season. “They played a big part in my development as a goalie and as a person this past season, and for that I will always be grateful.”
The coaching staff took notice of their incredible dedication.
“When I’m up on the concourse before a game, whether it be at home or on the road, the first family I often see is the Truitts. They are so supportive of the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the players that they provide a home for,” said Fighting Saints assistant coach Evan Dixon. “They have taken players in from around the world and at any point of the season. They are a family that we can count on, and I know that the players that have lived there can say the same thing.”
The Fighting Saints organization is proud of the strong dedication that the Truitt family has shown towards the team and looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the family for many years to come.