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Dragons select leadership team

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The Dragons have selected its leadership team for the upcoming season.
The Dragons have named Vann Yuhas this season’s captain, along with assistant captains Adam Raesler, Cyle Clayton, and Connor Poffenroth.
Vann Yuhas is entering his third season with the Dragons and is coming off an outstanding 2022-2023 campaign where he finished second in team scoring. In 118 career AJHL games played, the Medicine Hat native has recorded 33 goals and 107 points. Yuhas is currently committed to play Division One hockey at Merrimack College. The Dragons forward is primed to be one of the top forwards in the AJHL this season.
“It is definitely an exciting time and I couldn’t do it without my teammates and the past Dragons teaching me the way when I got here. Taking steps day-by-day since I got here, learning from the coaches and players,” said Yuhas. “Growing up I have always tried to be a leader so just sticking to what I know and being the best version of myself is key.”
The Dragons made the announcement via press release. Adam Raesler is entering his fourth season with the Dragons and his second season as an assistant captain. He led the AJHL in penalty minutes last season while also being one of the Dragons’ most productive offensive forwards. He scored 17 goals and had 45 points in 57 games in the 2022-2023 campaign.
Dragons defenceman, Cyle Clayton has also been named an Assistant Captain and looks to be a leader both on and off the ice this upcoming season. The fourth year Dragon had an outstanding exhibition season and looks to continue that play into the regular season. Clayton is a valuable two-way player on the Dragons back-end that will be leaned on in all situations.
Connor Poffenroth rounds out the Dragons leadership group for this upcoming season. The 20-year-old forward was named the Dragons recipient for the AJHL Greatest Teammate Award for last season and is an important veteran presence in the Dragons dressing room.

Hanna man sentenced to 45 days, community service


A man from the Hanna area was sentenced to 45 days in custody and a nine month probationary period, which is to include 25 hours of community service, after pleading guilty to a total of seven charges stemming from six incidents in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, September 8.
Joseph Peloquin, who was 33 years old at the time of the offenses, appeared in person and entered guilty pleas to a single count of assault, four counts of breaching conditions of his release, and two counts of failing to appear in court.
The court heard how on February 22, 2022 RCMP received a complaint from Mr. Peloquin’s domestic partner. An altercation took place where Mr. Peloquin allegedly spat in his partner’s face and used physical force against her after Mr. Peloquin had collapsed and his partner had called 9-1-1.
Mr. Peloquin also pleaded guilty to four breaches of release conditions stemming from three separate incidents.
The first was from February 23, 2022, a day after the altercation with his domestic partner, when he was found to have been texting and calling her which was in breach of his release condition. He similarly breached this order on June 25 and August 2 of this year when he was located with his partner in Hanna and at her residence by RCMP respectively; during the June 25 incident, RCMP also located a pocket knife on Mr. Peloquin, which was also in breach of his release condition.
Mr. Peloquin also pled guilty to two counts of failing to appear in court in Hanna on May 20, 2022 and July 26, 2023.
A joint disposition was submitted by Crown and defense for a 45 day sentence, less any pre-trial custody, with a 12 month probationary period. This would include a no contact order with the complainant, and a DNA submission.
The Honourable Justice K.A. Crowshoe accepted the sentence, reducing the probationary period to nine months and adding 25 hours of community service. The community service is to be completed within the first three months following release, and Justice Crowshoe expressed the importance of Mr. Peloquin exploring his Metis background and ancestry, and what it means to be Metis.
Justice Crowshoe also directed Crown prosecution to refer Mr. Peloquin’s domestic partner to victim services.
Remaining charges were withdrawn.

Delia residents join in community celebration

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Village of Delia was humming on Saturday, September 9 as about half of the village’s population of some 200 people turned up to the community celebration which was put on by council. There were plenty of activities for residents to enjoy, from face painting and temporary tattoos, to chalk art and bouncy houses for the younger crowd, and a community barbecue and live performances by Presley Battle for the older crowd. The evening was capped off with a fireworks display put on by Phoenix Fireworks Ltd.


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