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Christmas Gift Exchange and Skate with Saints Friday

December 27, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Dubuque Fighting Saints

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Friday's contest versus Muskegon is the final home game of the calendar year, and Dubuque Fighting Saints fans can end 2012 on a high note by swapping out that unwanted Christmas gift for something more desirable and taking the ice with their favorite players after the game. The first-place Dubuque Fighting Saints will host a Christmas Gift Exchange during tomorrow evening's game versus the second-place Lumberjacks at 7:35 p.m. Fans are also encouraged to stick around following the game to Skate with the Saints. The Fighting Saints will take the ice following the contest, and fans can skate with their favorite players and obtain autographs.

This is the second year the Fighting Saints will hold a Christmas Gift Exchange. After sporting a fake smile and muttering a half-hearted "thanks" on Christmas Day, Fighting Saints fans have the opportunity to change their fortunes and trade in that that unwanted holiday gift for something that that may be more desirable. Fans can ditch their oversized snowflake sweater from grandma, that dental hygiene gift set, or their Zach Parise New Jersey Devils jersey for something that fits their needs a little better. Fans will be able to drop off their wrapped or unwrapped unwanted gifts at a table setup behind section 110. Fans will then be able to look at other gifts left by fellow Fighting Saints fans and choose one item to exchange for that not-so-wanted gift. If no desired item is seen at the table at the time of gift drop-off, fans will receive a voucher to return to the gift table later in the evening. Gifts should be suitable for all ages, and fans are asked to please refrain from bringing any food and beverage items as gifts.

The Skate with the Saints will take place shortly after the conclusion of Friday's game. The entire team will be on the ice, and fans get autographs and speak with members of the Fighting Saints. There is no cost for the Skate with the Saints, however skate rental is available for $2.50.

Tickets are available for the Christmas Gift Exchange and Skate with the Saints by calling 563.583.6880 or online at DubuqueFightingSaints.com. After Friday's matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the Fighting Saints hit the road Saturday at Chicago at 7:05 p.m. and play New Year's Eve in Fargo at 6:05 p.m. Dubuque returns home for a pair of games on Friday, January 4 versus Waterloo in Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup play, and Saturday, January 5 versus Green Bay.

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