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Turville commits to Concordia Thunder


   The Drumheller Dragons would like to congratulate Pat Turville on his recent commitment to Concordia University College of Alberta for the 2010-11 season.
    Turville, a 1989-born, 6’0”, 178 pound left wing/centre from Olds, Alberta, completed his first season with the Dragons in 2009-10 and was a strong offensive threat in every game he played, averaging 0.7 points per game for the Club.

Veteran Dragon core returning for strong season


   After a long wait, the Drumheller Dragons will be returning to the den this month when they begin training for the upcoming season.
    With an exhibition game scheduled against Olds on August 30, the team will be back in the locker room on the 26th.
    Head coach Dan Price is hopeful for this season, as the team has kept the same core that has now become older and stronger.
    “We have let it evolve naturally,” Price said last Wednesday. “Hitting the ground running, we have set up for sustainable success by keeping younger guys together.”
    The Dragons have had good success recruiting this off-season: picking up perhaps the biggest player in the league, the 6’9”, 230 lbs. defenseman and centre Sean Sanford.
    Known for effectively combining his intelligence and vision of the ice with his strong skating ability and imposing physical package, Sean enters the AJHL as the biggest player ever to don a Dragons’ jersey, and as one of the tallest players ever to play hockey at a competitive level.
    The team has also signed two local players, Jared Potter and Josh Kluck, both 16. Both are from Drumheller.
    Since new management took over two seasons ago, the Dragons have been building up from a once young team.
    Possibly their most veteran team yet, they now know each other well and know how to mesh.
    “I look at last years team, and it was mostly made up of 18 year old players,” Price reflects.
 “Now that entire group are coming back, making us at least on par with the rest of the league in term of age and size.
    On August 24, team hopefuls will try to emerge from their mini-camp as Dragons. Only a few prospects will make it through.
    Players in the main camp will train from August 26 to the 29, culminating in the Miner’s Cup, an intra-squad game on Sunday August 29.
    They then play Olds at 7:30 Monday.

Fratkin commits to Elmira College


The Drumheller Dragons would like to congratulate Casey Fratkin on his recent commitment to the Elmira College Soaring Eagles (NCAA D-III, ECAC West) for the 2010-11 season.  

Fratkin, a 1989-born, 5’11”, 185 pound defenceman from Burnaby, BC, recorded one goal and nine assists along with 50 penalty minutes in 31 games played for the Dragons this year.  

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to play and study at a school of Elmira’s calibre,” comments Fratkin.  “Throughout the recruiting process, I was very impressed by their athletic and academic programs, and I can’t wait to begin my college career with the Soaring Eagles.” 

He thanks his teammates and the Dragons organization, especially educational director Dave Wood. 

“Dave was an invaluable resource both during and after the season, and played an important role in this accomplishment,” said Fratkin.

Dragons’ assistant coach and assistant director of player development, David Ferrari, adds, “We are extremely proud of Casey and look forward to following his career in the NCAA.  Casey immediately had an impact on our team when we acquired him, and we are grateful for the hard work and professionalism that he displayed every day.”

Elmira College head coach Aaron Saul notes, “Casey really fits the mold of a Soaring Eagles defenceman.  He is poised and mobile, and is a great competitor.  We expect his contribution to our program to be substantial.”  

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