Dubuque Fighting Saints Have Big Day at NHL Draft
Saturday June 23, 2012
Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach Jim Montgomery was thrilled by the 2012 NHL Draft. (photo by the Dubuque Telegraph Herald)
The NHL Draft is one of the biggest events of the year for the hockey world and the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft proved to be really big for one USHL team.
The Dubuque Fighting Saints had a pair of players selected in the first round as captain Zemgus Girgensons was selected 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres and then defenseman Mike Matheson was picked 23rd overall by the Florida Panthers.
Adding to the first-round excitment for Dubuque was when Mark Jankowski was selected 21st overall by the Calgary Flames. The forward was picked by the Saints last month in the USHL Entry Draft and will spend the 2012-13 season in Dubuque.
Head Coach Jim Montgomery couldn't have been more proud of the presence of his team at the 2012 NHL Draft and the overall impact the USHL had at the event.
Interview - Jim Montgomery
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 13 NHL draftees on its rosters this season, and 280 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action online all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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