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Date selected for Triple Crown motocross series event


The groundwork is being put in place for the Drumheller Off-Road Vehicle Association (DORVA) to host an event in the 2021 Triple Crown Series.
Last season the association had been granted an event in the series, however, because of COVID-19, it was cancelled. Brad Peake of DORVA said they are hoping to bring the event back and have been added to the series schedule.
“We do know if we don’t start making plans and have a schedule, we will be able to see what will stick,” he said. “Last season Eastern Canada held a series, and it was run successfully with the help of the health authorities and COVID-19 safety protocols.”
A tentative schedule has been established, and Drumheller is scheduled for rounds one and two on June 19 and 20.
“We are just about starting to make some plans with the health authority on how and what we are planning. Professional sports is occurring in the province already, even some in indoor venues. All we are proposing is an individualized sport in an outdoor venue with no spectators.”
What they would lose with no spectators will be made up with potential television coverage.
“The TV coverage is going to be massive this year with FloSports (live streaming sports service) and Fox Sports. So even if you can’t buy a ticket to go see it, you can buy a ticket and watch it,” said Peake.
He says they are not sure what they have in store, but now that a date has been proposed, DORVA can begin talking to the Town and Health Authority to see what is possible.

Dragons sign forward for 2021-2022 season


The Dragons are tapping into the power of a Hurricane for some offense in the coming season, with its most recent signing.
The Dragons announced on February 4 they have signed Van Yuhas for the 2021-2022 season. Originally from Medicine Hat, the 16-year-old forward brings with him scoring potential.
Yuhas played for the AAA U16 Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2019-2020, where he had 29 goals and 25 assists in 35 games. This season he played with the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy (SAHA) U18 Prep Team, where he had seven assists in six games.
“Vann’s determination on and off the ice makes him an exceptional student-athlete. We are very proud to see Vann’s hard work with the academy paying off,” noted a statement from the SAHA.

Minor hockey season cancelled, may be chance for development

Minor Hockey

Alberta Hockey has pulled the plug on the 2020-2021 minor hockey season in light of the continuing health restrictions due to COVID-19, however, with the easing of restrictions on Friday, February 6, players might still get a chance to work on skills.
On Tuesday, February 2, Hockey Alberta, in conjunction with its Leagues that oversee Tiered, AAA, and AA hockey, has concluded regular league play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
“While youth leagues play is concluded for this season, Hockey Alberta continues to focus on working with our members to explore all options that could comprise a spring development season when Step 2 of the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward” comes into effect,” stated a press release. “Hockey Alberta will be working closely with those organizations that have access to facilities and/or have players interested in playing to ensure those who are interested in playing can have that opportunity when our sport is allowed back on the ice.”
There was a little bit of respite on Friday afternoon, February 6, when the Alberta Government eased some of its restrictions for training for youth sports. While there will be no games at this time, groups of up to 10, including instructors, can train.
Drumheller Minor Hockey president Lyle Caweizel is disappointed in the decision.
“The amount of time everyone has put into making sure the season could start and then continue with all the Covid guidelines in place has been remarkable. However, following the Hockey Alberta Town Hall meeting and a meeting of the DMHA Board the decision was made that effective Friday, February 5 the remainder of the Drumheller Minor Hockey program will be cancelled.
At the time, training was not permitted when they made this decision. Since then they are looking into what might be possible in terms of development .
“DMHA is reviewing our recent decision to cancel the season. Although the new guidelines may not be ideal, there may be an opportunity to resume hockey development,” he states.
They will also be consulting with the Town of Drumheller to determine how the new guidelines will be met in the arena. They have also surveyed tier membership on the best way forward.

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