Left wing Seamus Malone is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 5-foot-9.25, 165-pound left-handed shot, who was born in Naperville, Ill., is a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft. Regarded as a skilled forward, Malone has nine goals, 17 points and a plus-10 rating in 18 games for the Fighting Saints in 2013-14. Committed to the University of Wisconsin in 2015-16, Malone has offered to maintain a blog leading up to the 2014 draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
It has been a bit since I last checked in, and the season is certainly in full swing. Coming into this weekend, the Dubuque Fighting Saints are first in the USHL's Eastern Conference and we have won our past three games. We have a pair of games this weekend before a brief break for the holiday season. We had a lot of high expectations this year and so far we are meeting those goals but have to continue working hard and playing our game.
In November, I had the honor of playing for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Canada. It was an honor and an amazing experience representing my country and playing with Team USA. We were able to win gold, which is something I'll never forget. Two of my teammates, Karson Kuhlman and Shane Eiserman, were on the team as well and both played really well.