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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

One of the top goalies in junior hockey is headed to Dubuque.

The Fighting Saints announced Thursday they've obtained veteran goaltender Hunter Miska, who will play for Dubuque in the upcoming season.

Miska is a former member of Team USA and is coming off a season with Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League where he was named the league's top goaltender.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of Hunter Miska," said Jason Lammers, Head Coach and General Manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. "The most exciting thing about Hunter is his work ethic and his ability to be not just a guy that plays hockey, but a guy that is a big-time hockey player. His work ethic and abilities are elite, and that will rub off on his teammates. He will help our team, and between him and his goaltending partner, they will make each other better."

Dubuque acquired Miska, a 1995-born netminder who stands at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, from the Fargo Force for a 2016 Phase One 6th Round Draft pick and a 2016 Phase Two 5th Round Draft pick. The Force owned Miska’s rights after previously adding him as a free agent.

“I think Dubuque is a great fit, and will really help my development in preparing for college hockey," said Miska. "It's a great organization that has always had strong teams. I know I will be part of a successful team, and help be the backbone of that team, as we push to win a Clark Cup Championship. I loved my time in Penticton, but I was up for a new challenge to push me to be ready to go to college and be a number one goalie at Minnesota-Duluth."

Miska and the Fighting Saints open the 2015-2016 season presented by American Trust with preseason action against Cedar Rapids on September 4. A complete schedule is available at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

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