Dragons’ Former Trainer Hoists WHL Championship Trophy | DrumhellerMail
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Dragons’ Former Trainer Hoists WHL Championship Trophy

Marty Palechuk, Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager for the Drumheller Dragons during the 2009-2010 season, has hoisted the Ed Chynoweth Cup as the Athletic Trainer for the Kootenay Ice.


On May 13th, the Ice defeated the Portland Winterhawks four games to one to claim the 2011 WHL Championship.
The team then continued to advance through the Mastercard Memorial Cup tournament in Missisauga, ON, before eventually being edged 3-1 by the St. Michael’s Majors in the semi-final game.


Palechuk, originally from Smoky Lake, AB, and now a resident of Red Deer between hockey seasons, joined the Ice in the fall of 2010 after having spent the previous season with Drumheller. During his time with the Dragons, he was responsible for the advancement and implementation of the Team’s systems of
athletic therapy, equipment and logistics, and, as the Manager of Team Environment, was also responsible for the creation of the Team’s redesigned dressing room, equipment room and physical therapy studio.


“The Dragons organization was a tremendous stepping stone for me,” Palechuk remarked. “I was given the trust and responsibility by the ownership and management to ensure that the players were operating
in a first class environment, and that served me well when I took the step to another first class environment in the Kootenay Ice. Success breeds success and the two experiences have gone hand in hand. I’m very thankful to both organizations for the experiences I’ve had during the last two years.”

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