25 Jun

It was seriously incredible to see my Saints bbs get drafted and to decent teams.

Zemgus made some history by being the highest drafted Latvian player ever and also made an appearance in Puck Daddy’s glorious “10 Most Awkward 2012 NHL Draft Rookie Photographs”:

Puck Daddy: The other motif for the draft picks had them taping their blades in a virtual locker room. Most players went through the motions while the camera clicked. Oh, but not Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres, who went double-fingers and raised the tape up so the camera could catch his spiffy USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints championship ring. Pimp.

Mark Jankowski, a future Fighting Saint, made the “Kirill Kabanov double appearance.”  Mike Matheson (or Frenchie as my friends and I have weirdly taken to calling him) just exuded cool:

The Hockey News named the Fighting Saints as winners:

Quickly becoming the class of the United States League, the Saints saw two current (Girgensons, Michael Matheson) and one future (Mark Jankowski) player go in the first round. Most impressive is that Dubuque put three on the board before the U.S. NTDP, traditionally the biggest supplier of high draft picks from the USHL.
“Our philosophy has been to get great kids from great families,” said Dubuque coach Jim Montgomery. “All three come from fantastic families, are great teammates and great in the dressing room.”
Joining Jankowski next year will be Brandon Shea and John Stevens Jr. Shea’s father is a scout with Colorodo while Stevens’ dad just won the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Kings this year.

It’s so fantastic.


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