Hunter Miska had a record-breaking season for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League and helped the franchise advance all the way to the Clark Cup Finals in 2015-16. In the regular season, Miska won a Dubuque single-season record 32 games. In 46 total appearances, he was 32-13-1 with a 2.46 goals against average and .913 save percentage. He was a two-time recipient of USHL Goaltender of the Week honors and in 11 shootout attempts by opponents, he allowed only one goal for a league-leading .909 shootout save percentage. Miska was the starting netminder for all 12 Dubuque playoff games. After a three games-to-one series victory over Green Bay in the first round, he stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout of Bloomington in the fifth and deciding game of a second-round series. While Tri-Cities won three straight games to claim the Clark Cup championship in the final round, Miska finished the post-season with a 2.24 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. The North Branch, Minnesota, native previously spent two seasons (2011-13) with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, where he appeared in 38 USHL games, going 13-20-2. During his time with the NTDP, he was also a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team that earned silver at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Under-18 Men’s World Championship. Miska also played two seasons (2013-15) for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League before joining the Fighting Saints. He has committed to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth following the conclusion of his USHL career.
The Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Award, presented by Bauer, is given annually to a top U.S. goaltender at the international, professional, collegiate or junior level.