Thursday, January 9, 2014

Saints add goaltender Reich, trade Stewart

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA—The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced today they have added German goaltender Kevin Reich to the roster, and in a corresponding move, have traded goaltender Hayden Stewart to Corpus Christi in the NAHL for cash compensation.

Reich, 18, was recently listed as a "Player to Watch," by NHL Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft. He stands at 6-foot-1, 198 lbs and comes to the Fighting Saints from Iserlohn, Germany. Reich has spent the majority of the 2013-2014 season with EC Salzburg II in the MHL, Russia's junior hockey league. He has appeared in six games, posting a 3-2-1 record, with a 2.64 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Reich has professional hockey experience, appearing in a pair of games this season with EHC München of the DEL, Germany's top professional league. One of Reich's teammates with EHC München was Andy Wozniewski, a former NHL defenseman who played for the Fighting Saints in 1998-1999.

Reich also has experience representing his country on numerous occasions, playing for Germany's U-17 and U-18 teams in international play, and he appeared in one game for Germany at the 2014 IIHL World Junior Championships, appearing in the third period of a game versus Team USA.

Reich will wear #1 for the Fighting Saints and will practice with the team today.

Stewart appeared in 13 games for the Fighting Saints this season, posting a 6-6-1 record with a 3.10 goals against average, and a .896 save percentage. The Rockford, IL native was in his first full season in the USHL after spending time previously with Muskegon, and playing the 2012-2013 season with Corpus Christi.

The Fighting Saints travel to Des Moines Friday night before returning home Saturday evening to host the Green Bay Gamblers at 7:05 p.m. That evening will be A Night of "One-Stoppable Fun" presented by One-Stop Tax and Accounting Services. The first 1,000 fans get a Fighting Saints Wristband, and there will be a special warm-up jersey auction with proceeds benefiting the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880 or by visiting

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