Fighting Saints Add Goaltender James Durham
DUBUQUE, Iowa - According to general manager Kalle Larsson, effective immediately, the Dubuque Fighting Saints have added goaltender James Durham (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to the active roster.
Durham joins the Fighting Saints from the Shreveport Mudbugs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Among goaltenders in the NAHL, Durham possesses the best goals against average (1.57), and the best save percentage in the league (.942). He also ranks tops in shutouts (5), and second in wins (14) for the league's best team.
"James is a good sized butterfly goaltender that plays with efficiency. His size and positioning, combined with his rebound control, allows him to play a calm game," Larsson said. "We look forward to seeing him further these abilities in Dubuque."
Before moving up to the NAHL, Durham played for the illustrious Honeybaked program in the HPHL. In that position, he posted a 1.86 GAA, and a .930 save percentage.
In a corresponding move, goaltender Jaxon Castor (Phoenix, Ariz.) has been assigned to the Shreveport Mudbugs. In 82 games as a Fighting Saint, Castor posted a 44-25-8 record, a 2.55 goals against average, and an .897 save percentage. He was also named USHL Goaltender of the Week on two occasions.
"Jaxon played a big role for the Fighting Saints over the past two and a half seasons. In this, his last year of junior hockey, we want to give him an opportunity to play more games," Larsson added. "We would like to thank Jaxon for his time here in Dubuque and wish him nothing but success moving forward."
About the Dubuque Fighting Saints: The Fighting Saints returned to USHL play in the brand new Mystique Community Ice Center during the 2010-11 season, winning the Clark Cup in their first year back in the USHL. The Fighting Saints continued their success with a historic season in 2012 - 13, finishing with a franchise best 45 - 11â=80=908 record. The team claimed the Anderson Cup as the USHL's regular season champions for the first time in 30 years, and also earned the Clark Cup for second time in three seasons. In August 2013, the team took the Bronze Medal while representing the United States at the Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia. The Fighting Saints have reached the Clark Cup Final three times in the past seven seasons, and has made it to the Clark Cup Playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. The club has produced a number of players that moved on to NCAA Division I hockey and have been drafted by NHL teams, including Zemgus Girgensons, Johnny Gaudreau, Mike Matheson and Matt Benning. The original Fighting Saints competed in the USHL for 21 seasons (1980-2001). The club won the Clark Cup as playoff champions on three occasions (1981, 1983, 1985) under head coach Jack Barzee.
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