The Fighting Saints Report is a radio show that we've turned in to our first ever podcast. Jack Milewski and Jim Leitner host a deep dive into all things Dubuque, Fighting Saints and the world of hockey. From interviews with current players, alumni, coaches, general managers and members of the Dubuque community, the Fighting Saints Report is your all access pass into the world of the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
The pod is joined by USHL Coach of the Year Oliver David as he dishes on everything that has happened over the last two months. We talk USHL Draft, USHL Camp, what went right this season and what OD has learned over his years in junior hockey. We also look at the great history of coaches in the USHL and breakdown the top players who David has coached in his tenure with Dubuque.
Aidan Fulp joins the podcast to talk about his three-year career in Dubuque, winning the Curt Hammer Award this season, wearing the C during 2019-20 and much more. We also discuss the USHL's tough task of restarting next season and what players with Dubuque ties would have made the Hlinka Gretzky Cup team.
Peter Chiarelli joins the Fighting Saints Report to talk about the long hockey layoff, what it takes to build a championship team and his path through the sport of hockey. Jack Milewski and Jim Leitner detail the importance of building a team in the USHL and why two-year players could be the ultimate key to success.
On this episode we hear from multiple members of the 2012-13 Clark Cup Championship team. Also, Jack Milewski and Jim Leitner talk about the Saints and their off-ice awards announced this week.
Time Stamps for Interviews:
1:02:22- Frankie DiChiara
1:19:40- Matt Benning
1:37:04- Karson Kuhlman
Jack Milewski and Jim Leitner talk the NHL's plans to restart the season and the 24-team playoff format. Also discussed: NHL Draft Lottery and favorites and darkhorses for the playoff run. Interviews with Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres and Dylan Gambrell of the San Jose Sharks highlight this NHL-centered episode.
Jack Milewski and Jim Leitner breakdown the diverse ownership group of the Dubuque Fighting Saints which includes Stanley Cup Champion Dan Bylsma. Bylsma joins the show to detail his path through the hockey world and his career as a coach in the NHL.
Jason Lammers sits down to discuss his time in Dubuque, completing three seasons with the Niagara Purple Eagles and how he got to where he is now. President and CEO of the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States Danielle Peterson joins us to discuss community outreach in Iowa during COVID-19. We also discuss the coaching hotbed that Dubuque has become in the hockey world.
We dive in to the Phase I and Phase II portions of the USHL Draft as the Saints selected a total of 28 players in 26 rounds over two days. Jack and Jim break down most of the picks and gain insight from Saints GM of the year Kalle Larsson on the team's selections.
Jack and Jim talk about the Fighting Saints haul of awards, with 5 players selected to All-USHL Teams and individual awards going to Goalie of the Year, Player/Forward of the Year, GM of the Year and Coach of the Year. Jack is joined by Goalie of the year Erik Portillo and also Dubuque's first ever Player of the Year in Riese Gaber.
On episode four of the podcast, Jack Milewski and Jim Leitner talk Fighting Saints in college hockey and sit down with two current NCAA players. Willie Knierim and Tyce Thompson join the show after great seasons at the collegiate level.
Jack Milewski speaks with Austin Rueschhoff after he signed an entry-level deal with the New York Rangers. Rueschhoff details his experience with the Fighting Saints as well as his college career at Western Michigan
On the third episode of the Fighting Saints Report we feature interviews with Hunter Miska and Wyatt Kaiser. Miska is coming off a tremendous season with the Colorado Eagles while Kaiser has been ranked in the top 50 of the newest NHL Central Scouting Rankings.
We sit down with former Fighting Saints forward Nate Sucese after completing his final season with the Penn State Nittany Lions. Sucese finished as the highest scoring Penn Stater in the teams history and has just signed a pro contract with the Arizona Coyotes.