The Dubuque Fighting Saints have undergone significant transformations during this off-season, setting the stage for an exciting 2024-25 season full of the unknown. We were aware before the end of the season of Robert Miller’s departure as President of Business Operations, and Casey Weitz promotion, but here’s a comprehensive look at the major developments from this off-season with your Dubuque Fighting Saints.

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PHOTO CREDIT; Dubuque Fighting Saints

Casey Weitz Named President of Business Operations

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Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • Dubuque native Casey Weitz has been appointed as the organization's President of Business Operations. Weitz, who has been with the Saints since 2012 in various capacities, including Vice President roles, steps up after Robert Miller’s three-year tenure.
Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints Robert Miller pictured with Bernie.
Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints
Robert Miller pictured with Bernie.
  • Weitz expressed his gratitude to the ownership group and his predecessors, emphasizing his commitment to making the Saints even more fan and community-focused.

Kalle Larsson Joins the Edmonton Oilers

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Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • Kalle Larsson, the Saints' President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, is leaving to become the Senior Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers. Larsson has been a cornerstone of the Saints' success since 2015, culminating in an Eastern Conference title and a Clark Cup Final appearance last season.
  • Larsson thanked the entire Dubuque community, including fans, billets, volunteers, and players, highlighting the collaborative effort behind the team’s achievements.

Trevor Edwards Promoted to General Manager

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Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • The Dubuque Fighting Saints have promoted Trevor Edwards to General Manager, succeeding Kalle Larsson.
  • Edwards has been with the Fighting Saints for over seven years and was recently the Director of Player Personnel. He also has coaching experience with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and Honeybaked Hockey Club.
  • Edwards aims to maintain the team's high standards on and off the ice, focusing on player development and community engagement.

Kirk MacDonald Moves to the AHL

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Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • Head Coach Kirk MacDonald is departing to take on the role of Head Coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL. MacDonald led the Saints to notable successes, including an Eastern Conference championship last season.
  • MacDonald expressed his appreciation for the opportunity and support he received in Dubuque, crediting his coaching staff and players for their dedication.
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Evan Dixon Promoted to Head Coach

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Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • Evan Dixon has been promoted to Head Coach after serving as an assistant and associate head coach since 2019. Dixon has been integral to the team’s success, particularly with his work on the league-best power play unit last season.
  • Dixon acknowledged the mentorship he received from previous head coaches and expressed excitement about his new role and the opportunity to continue contributing to the team’s success.

Jacob Semik Joins Fighting Saints Coaching Staff

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Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • Former Saints defenseman Jacob Semik has been hired as an assistant coach, joining head coach Evan Dixon and assistant coach Alex Kromm.
  • Semik played 150 games for the Saints, recently finished his playing career with the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies, and served as an alternate captain at Arizona State University.
  • Semik aims to leverage his playing experience to develop young players on and off the ice, with strong support from general manager Trevor Edwards and the coaching staff.

Hear what Play-By-Play announcer Josh Starr had to say about the upcoming Dubuque Fighting Saints season.

Upcoming Season

The Fighting Saints will play 62 games in the 2024-25 season, with 30 home games, 30 away games, and two at the USHL Fall Classic. The season kicks off in mid-September at the Fall Classic in Pittsburgh, PA, with the home opener scheduled for September 27 against the Tri-City Storm. Key matchups include: Opening night against Tri-City on September 27, the first matchup of the season with Waterloo on October 5, the Playoff rematches against Youngstown on January 3rd & 4th and Fargo on January 31st, plus the home games against in-state rivals Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Waterloo Black Hawks, and Des Moines Buccaneers.

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Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints

Full Schedule for the Dubuque Fighting Saints 2024-25 Season

  • 9/27 vs. Tri-City
  • 10/4 vs. Chicago
  • 10/5 vs. Waterloo
  • 10/10 @ Fargo
  • 10/11 @ Sioux Falls
  • 10/18 vs. Omaha
  • 10/19 @ Des Moines
  • 10/25 vs. USA NTDP U17
  • 10/26 vs. USA NTDP U17
  • 10/29 @ Waterloo
  • 11/1 @ Lincoln
  • 11/2 @ Tri-City
  • 11/8 vs. Green Bay
  • 11/9 vs. Green Bay
  • 11/15 @ Des Moines
  • 11/16 vs. Des Moines
  • 11/22 @ Cedar Rapids
  • 11/23 vs. Des Moines
  • 11/29 @ Muskegon
  • 11/30 @ Muskegon
  • 12/6 vs. Waterloo
  • 12/7 @ Waterloo
  • 12/13 @ Des Moines
  • 12/14 @ Des Moines
  • 12/27 vs. Cedar Rapids
  • 12/28 @ Cedar Rapids
  • 12/31 @ Waterloo
  • 1/3 vs. Youngstown
  • 1/4 vs. Youngstown
  • 1/5 @ Cedar Rapids
  • 1/11 vs. Sioux City
  • 1/17 @ Youngstown
  • 1/18 @ Youngstown
  • 1/23 @ Green Bay
  • 1/24 vs. Sioux Falls
  • 1/31 vs. Fargo
  • 2/1 vs. Lincoln
  • 2/5 vs. Cedar Rapids
  • 2/7 vs. Waterloo
  • 2/8 @ Madison
  • 2/14 @ Cedar Rapids
  • 2/15 vs. Des Moines
  • 2/16 vs. Cedar Rapids
  • 2/21 @ USA NTDP U18
  • 2/22 @ USA NTDP U18
  • 2/28 @ Chicago
  • 3/1 vs. Chicago
  • 3/7 vs. Muskegon
  • 3/8 vs. Muskegon
  • 3/9 @ Chicago
  • 3/14 vs. Des Moines
  • 3/15 @ Waterloo
  • 3/16 @ Madison
  • 3/21 vs. Waterloo
  • 3/22 vs. Madison
  • 3/29 @ Green Bay
  • 4/4 @ Sioux City
  • 4/5 @ Omaha
  • 4/11 vs. Madison
  • 4/12 vs. Cedar Rapids

Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Fighting Saints office at 563-583-6880 or visiting the office from Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM. All games will be broadcast live and streamed on Eagle 102.3, the Tri-States' Classic Rock Station with play-by-play announcer Josh Starr. Don't miss out on what promises to be an exhilarating season for the Dubuque Fighting Saints!

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