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Drumheller Dragons win Christmas Classic

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The Drumheller Dragons ended the pre-Christmas season with a present for fans, a convincing win over the Olds Grizzlys.
    The Dragons hosted the Olds Grizzlys at the Christmas Classic on Friday night, December 20, the final game before the break, in front of 887 fans.
     The Olds Grizzlys were the first to score at the 12:46 mark. The Dragons outshot the Grizzlys in the first period 19-7 and Eric Martin connected on the powerplay with 2:25 left to tie the game.
    In the second period, the Dragons continued to dominate and put together a string of five straight goals, starting with Carter Belitski at 8:53 and then Brady Risk at 9:41.
    Belitski scored his second of the game unassisted while the Dragons were short-handed and then Derrick Budz put the Dragons up 5-1 on the powerplay. Martin scored his second with 14 seconds left in the period. With no scoring in the third, the Dragons won 6-1.
    Belitski was named the star of the game for the Dragons, scoring his seventh and eighth of the season.
    The Dragons go into the break in third place in the Viterra AJHL south with a 20-13-3 record, trailing the Okotoks Oilers and the Brooks Bandits.

Drumheller RCMP investigate theft of motor vehicle with a firearm

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On Dec. 21, at 2 a.m., a truck was stolen from a residence in Drumheller. The victim heard it being driven away and followed it in another vehicle. 

The victim located the truck with a suspect still inside and confronted him. A second stolen vehicle (silver Volkswagen Jetta) pulled up alongside the vehicles with two more males inside. It is alleged that one of the males pulled out what was believed to be a handgun and pointed it at the victim before all three males fled in the Jetta. No one was injured.

The silver Volkswagen Jetta with Alberta plate RKM593 had previously been reported stolen from Red Deer and has yet to be recovered.

Drumheller RCMP are asking anyone who has information regarding this incident to contact them at 403-823-7590. If you spot this vehicle, please call police and do not make contact with the occupants as they are considered armed and dangerous.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Special guests at TELUS Teddy Toss

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The annual TELUS Teddy Toss went on Friday, December 13 as the Drumheller Dragons took on the Calgary Canucks, and it didn’t take long for the fur to fly.
    The annual game invited fans to bring a new stuffed toy to the game, and when the Dragons scored their first goal, fans tossed the bears on to the ice. This year the Teddy Toss benefited the Salvation Army, Big Country Victim Services and the Drumheller Health Centre and AHS ambulance.
    It took only until the 3:52 mark for Nick De Beurs to find the net and unleash the bears.
 Amanda Courtenay, family services coordinator for The Salvation Army said the toy drive was a success and they collected 428 stuffed toys.
    This year’s Teddy Toss was held in memory of Sawyer Malansky, and the family was on hand for the event.
    Sawyer was less than two years old when she was a victim of violence by a person trusted by the family. She did not recover from her injuries and died in her mother’s arms on March 6, 2015, at the age of 17 months.
“My daughter, Sawyer Malansky, was a happy bubbly, little girl that had a lifetime ahead of her. She was always full of personality, sass, and giggles. Her two older brothers adored her in every way. They instantly shared an Inseparable bond with their baby sister,” said her mother Nicole Malansky.
    Victim Services played an important role for the family as they endured this tragedy.
    “Victim services was a huge part of our lives after this. My boys were met at the hospital with teddy bears they still have today. Such a small gesture meant so much to my boys and me at this time in our lives,” said Nicole.
    “My goal is to raise awareness and spread support as these things happen far too often in today’s world. So, we collect these teddy bears in memory of Sawyer and every other child and family that has been affected in any way by violence.”

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