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Dragons pick up two points at home

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The Dragons managed to pull one win out of three tries last week on the road and on home ice.
The Dragons were in Brooks on Tuesday, December 5 to take on the Bandits. The Bandits are having another fairytale season and midway through the season, have only three losses. This dominance continued last Tuesday, as the Bandits shut out the Dragons on their way to a 7-0 win.
The Dragons regrouped and on Saturday, December 9 hosted the Canmore Eagles. This was the annual Teddy Bear Toss benefitting The Salvation Army and the Drumheller Health Centre, and it didn’t take much time at all for the stuffed animals to rain down on the rink. Just 5:19 into the first period Connor Poffenroth scored his 12th of the season. The onslaught didn’t stop as Keegan Beagle scored his first of the season less than a minute later. Aiden LaRose and Easton Adrian also found the net in the first going up 4-0 after one.
Luke McPhee scored 2:24 into the second, and Canmore added one to get on the scoreboard. After a scoreless third period, the Dragons walked out victorious with a 5-1 win.
The next day, the Dragons headed up to Lloydminster to take on the Bobcats in a matinee. The Bobcats led by one after the first period. In the second, LaRose put the Dragons on the scoreboard, and three minutes later, Jordan Luk put the Dragons up by one. The Bobcats tied it up by the end of the period.
Lloydminster went up by a goal early in the third period, but Jacob Goudreau tied it back up. It was shortlived, however, as the Bobcats went ahead 4-3, and he added an empty netter for insurance.
This Friday, December 15 the Dragons are in Canmore, but back on home ice on Saturday, for a rematch with the Eagles.


Funteam marks 30 years of giving

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Drumheller FunTeam marked 30 years of giving back to the community with its annual Christmas tradition.
The first Annual FunTeam- Salvation Army Benefit Game was held in 1994 when 19 players took to the ice for one game to support the Christmas Hamper Program with their food donations. Thirty years later 137 players took to the ice to continue the tradition of giving back to support the 2023 Christmas Hamper Program collecting 621.5 lbs of food with an estimated value of $2,187.86.
Drumheller FunTeam Hockey Club was born to promote a low-cost community sports program that not only taught youth skating and hockey skills but also the values of sportsmanship, fair play, team play, respectfulness and citizenship.
Since its beginning, Drumheller FunTeam has had the support of our Drumheller Community whether it was local businesses or individual citizens lending a helping hand through volunteering or monetary donations so our youth could stay active in sport and play the Canadian game they all love.
In return to promote Citizenship, FunTeam chose to give back to our community via the Annual Benefit Games to help the Salvation Army in recognition of the help & support that they give to all members of our community in need.
On the ice three decades later were Tim Gilroy, Nicholas Sereda and Kyler Sereda who played in the first Benefit Game in 1994. At the 30th Annual event , they each found themselves coaching their sons and daughters! In the stands were Nick and Olga Sereda cheering on their great-grandchildren and their teammates like they did 30 years ago when they were cheering on their grandchildren.
As well over those 30 years, they have not missed making a food donation at each of the 30 annual games to help the cause.

Rise of the Raptors

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The Drumheller Hockey Association celebrated their sport, their teams and the community at Rise of the Raptors.
The Drumheller Memorial Arena was a hive of action over the weekend as the association cheered on their team and had a lot of fun.
While there was great action on the ice, there was just as much fun in the stands.
There was a raffle table to support the team and win some great prizes. There was also a progressive 50/50, food specials and a Raptor Rumble special drink.
Included were kids and family activities throughout the day, including a Plinko board and a colouring station.
On the ice, there was some great action with 11 games hosted throughout the weekend.
While the teams celebrated their sport, they also gave back to the community with a Salvation Army Toy Drive to help local families in need.
This is not new to the organization. In previous years the U15 and U18 would undertake the project to help the community. The Toy Drive is now hosted by the entire association and throughout the weekend they collect toys for those in need.


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