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Dragon commits to University of Vermont

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    A Drumheller Dragon has decided to further his hockey career at the University of Vermont.
    The Dragons have announced their first year forward Brett Wieschroster has committed to play for Catamounts who play in the Division I NCAA East Conference.
    “Brett left a huge impression with our staff during camps leading up to the 2017/18 season,” said head coach and general manager Kevin Hasselberg in a press release. “His enthusiasm and determination to have the puck convinced us he was ready for Junior Hockey at 16.”
    Originally from Sherwood Park, Wieschorster is the youngest Dragon on the squad. This season he has played 22 games and amassed one goal and 6 assists.   He was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft going to Kootenay Ice. Last season he played AAA Midget with the Sherwood Park Squires. He put together 47 points in only 34 games.
     “His commitment off ice and his work ethic in practices will have him prepared for his next journey in college hockey. We couldn’t be happier for such a humble kid who loves the game,” said Hasselberg.
    The University of Vermont is in the City of Burlington. His career as a Catamount is projected to begin in the 2020-2021 season.


Dragons battle for two home wins

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    The Dragons had a winning weekend at home, with strong victories over Lloydminster and then the Bonnyville Pontiacs.
    The Lloydminster Bobcats were in Drumheller Friday, November 24 to take on the Dragons in front of 468 fans.         It was a tough physical game and the Dragons jumped out by two goals; the first by Tyler Kreklewich seven minutes in, and then Brett Edwards seven minutes later. The Bobcats scored one to end the period 2-1. Brady Risk put the Dragons up 3-1 in the second period with four minutes remaining.
        In the third period, Edwards scored his second goal on the powerplay at the 10:52 mark. Lloydminster scored once more before Kaden Hanas sealed the score 5-2 with 45 seconds left.
    “There were two physical teams going head to head, and we don’t back down from a battle on a normal day,” said coach Kevin Hasselberg. “I don’t think it was dirty or inappropriate play, I just thought it was hard. It was good Canadian hockey.”
    “We aren’t the biggest team, but our guys played big. I think they backed each other and held each other accountable with that part of our identity.”
    On Saturday night, the Dragons hosted the Bonnyville Pontiacs. Just 3:05 minutes in Slater Dykema opened the scoring on the powerplay, and then Jordan Taupert put them up 2 to end the first period.
    The Dragons outshot the Pontiacs 15-10 in the second period, however, it was the Pontiacs who scored to end the period 2-1.
    It was a back and forth game through the third period, but the Dragons held them off for the win.  Hasselberg was impressed with the goaltending.
     “I thought both goaltenders made highlight reel saves in that hockey game. When we put the pressure on Silvestre (Pontiac’s goalie), he was able to keep them in the game, and when they came down to our end with a scoring chance. Dane was there to match him save for save, so definitely a good display of goaltending.”
    The Dragons open December, this Friday, December 1 at home versus the Calgary Mustangs and then next Tuesday, December 5 host the Calgary Canucks.

Three Dragons invited to try out for World Junior A Challenge team

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    After a few years of being overlooked, three Drumheller Dragons have a chance to represent their country at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

    On Monday afternoon, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League selected 60 players to attend the Team Canada West selection camp. Of the 15 players from the AJHL invited, three are from the Drumheller Dragons.                     They will be joined by their coach Kevin Hasselberg, who was selected as a guest coach.
 “It’s an opportunity to help a team that is a reflection of your country and of your league”, said Hasselberg. “It is pretty hard not to get involved in that. It is an honour and certainly an opportunity for me to get better working with some incredible coaches.”
    Invited to the tryouts are 19-year-old goalie Hunter Virostek, 18-year-old forward Markus Boguslavsky and 19-year-old forward Jordan Taupert.
    Virostek has been having a great season, playing in 20 games with a 12-8 record and a 0.905 save per cent.
    Boguslavsky has 13 goals and eight assists in 24 games.
    “Markus is up and coming as well. He is only a 1999-born player, but he plays much like he has been in the league two or three years and that is what has brought attention to him. He has been successful around the net and plays to his strengths,” said Hasselberg.
    Taupert is in fourth place in the league in points, tallying 32 in 25 games, 13 of which are from goals.
    “He has been one of the top scorers in the league. And that is even harder as a 19-year-old because they can only keep three in total on that whole roster, so you don’t want to invest a lot of time watching a bunch of 19-year-olds when you can only carry three,” said Hasselberg. “For him to get identified and brought into that picture is more special.”   
     The list of 60 will be in Calgary from December 2-5 for the selection camp. The players trying out would only miss one game for the selection camp.     If they are successful and make the West team, they will be playing for a portion of December.
     The World Junior A Challenge will be played in Atlantic Canada. Team West will open the tournament against the Czech Republic on December 10.


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