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Drumheller has a new Dragon

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Evgeni Astrouski or as most call him, Gino, has joined Drumheller’s junior A hockey team, the Dragons, for the 2016/2017 season.


Gino came from Belarus when he was 15 years old with his mom and dad. They came for Gino to be able to play hockey in Canada. When Gino first moved to Canada two years ago, they lived in Edmonton and he played Midget AAA for Southside Athletic Club in Edmonton until he was drafted onto the Prince Albert Raiders at the end of last season. Gino told the mail that he has only been in Drumheller two weeks.  


Gino said, “Canadian hockey is very different than European hockey. It is much faster here and more physical. Because it’s a more fast paced game you have to make faster decisions on the ice.”


Gino’s parents have gone back to Belarus now that Gino is with the Dragons but Gino said he doesn’t have any intentions of going back to live in Belarus.


Gino said, “I don’t plan on going back to European hockey. I came to Canada to play Canadian hockey.”  

Dragons earn four points on northern road trip


    The Drumheller improved to .500 and is climbing in the Viterra AJHL South after a successful northern road trip.
    The Dragons had a busy weekend commencing Friday night in Grande Prairie versus the Storm.
    Jordan Taupert scored in the first, but ended the period down 2-1. They were able to tie it at 3:21 into the second period when Brayden Nicholetts scored, and then Slater Dykema took the lead for the Dragons. Evan Tschumi added one more in the third to take their first win of the weekend, 4-2.
    The Dragons were back on the ice the next night versus the Drayton Valley Thunder. The first period ended with a tie at one, with Evan Rochowiak scoring. The Dragons took the lead midway through the third period thanks to Blake Kleiner, but the Thunder was able to force overtime. Just 15 seconds in, Bradley Stonnell scored the winner unassisted to make it 3-2.
    The Dragons ended the weekend Sunday afternoon taking on the Whitecourt Wolverines, unfortunately, they were not able to score, and fell 4-0
    The Dragons are back on home ice this Friday, October 28, the host the Canmore Kodiaks, and then on Saturday face the Calgary Mustangs at the Drumheller Memorial Arena.

Dragons keep building


    The Drumheller Dragons continue to bolster their roster.
    In early October, the Drumheller Dragons and the Brooks Bandits completed a deal for future considerations from a trade last season. The Dragons picked up Markus Boguslavsky ('99) from the Bandits.
    Boguslavsky is a 6'0" 185lb forward from Calgary, who played last season with the Midget AAA Calgary Flames where he recorded 21 goals and 20 assists in 33 games.
    "Markus is what we were looking for as he is young and fits into what we are trying to do this season," said Dragons Coach and GM, Brian Curran. "He has a great opportunity to grow and become the player we feel he can be. We welcome Markus and his family to our organization and look forward to helping him achieve his goals."
    Boguslavsky has already played six games with the Dragons in October, in which the 17-year-old has posted two goals and two assists.
    The Dragons have also picked up Yauheni "Gino" Astrouski, who was reassigned by the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.
    Astrouski is a 6'1" power forward who, last season, played for the SSAC Athletics out of Edmonton, tallying 11 goals and 18 assists in 34 games. Originally from Belarus, Astrouski and his family moved to Edmonton so he could play hockey as a 15-year-old in Canada.
    "There's no question he can play the game," said Curran. "He's a strong skater with excellent hockey sense. From what I have seen so far there is a lot of talent to work with. We look forward to working with Yauheni over the next several months."

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