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Charity disc golf tournament raises $2k for Canadian Blood Service

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The second annual Drumheller Charity Classic Disc Golf tournament was played out at the Midland Provincial Park course. About 30 players signed up for the event, both local and from out of town, to take on the rugged terrain. Last year at the inaugural tournament it raised funds for the Foodbank. This year they directed the funds raised to Canada Blod Services and raised about $2,000. Left, Cam White goes for the basket while playing in the men’s intermediate category.

Dragons battle through season opening

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The AJHL regular season began this week, and the Dragons faced some tough competition right out of the gate, ending the weekend with one of three points.
After playing .500 hockey during the exhibition season, on Friday night, September 16, they faced off against the Canmore Eagles on the road.
The Dragons outshot the Eagles 12-9 in the first period, and four minutes in Ty Daneault put the Dragons up 1-0.
In the second, Canmore rattled off three goals, starting at 7:17, and finishing at 7:59. Jacob Goudreau scored his first goal in the regular season as a Dragon with six minutes left. The Dragons trailed 3-2 after two.
Canmore made it 4-2 less than a minute into the third period, but goals from Daneault and Vann Yuhas tied it up, forcing overtime. It couldn’t be decided in the extra period forcing a shootout, and Canmore took the win.
On Saturday, September 17, the Dragons hosted their home opener in front of 1,215 fans at the Drumheller Memorial Arena, as they took on the Brooks Bandits. Fans were treated to end-to-end hockey for two periods as the teams battled to a 0-0 tie.
In the third period, the Bandits opened the scoring at the 6:36 mark and made three more, including an empty netter, to take a 4-0 win.
The Dragons have a busy week ahead. They play the Camrose Kodiaks on Tuesday, September 20, results not available at press time, and then on Friday, September 23, host the Calgary Canucks. On Saturday, they are on the road to play the Okotoks Oilers.

German Oldtimers battle Senior Avalanche in Fall Classic Benefit CG

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There was some great hockey action at the Drumheller Memorial Arena last Tuesday, September 6, as the Drumheller Avalanche Senior team was embroiled in an international hockey match.
The Chiemgau Oldies were in Drumheller for a one-night appearance. This is an oldtimer team from Inzell, Germany. The team has been playing for over 34 years together, and it is not uncommon for them to participate in international play. In fact, the team is familiar with Drumheller, and at one time faced off against the Drumheller Fire Department.
Rudi Kreiner is a member of the Oldies. “2006 was the last time our team was here. We did a tour then from Calgary to Vancouver, but Drumheller is famous, so they came,” said Kreiner. “We tried to do this trip last year, but COVID screwed it all up. So when we restarted it in January to try for this year, a bunch of guys jumped ship, so we had to get a few extra guys. We have two from Berlin who we have met at tournaments and two guys from Saltzberg. and a guy from Nuernberg.”
Kreiner grew up in Canada but went to Germany to play as a young man, and has been there since.
The Chiemgau Oldies has been around since 1988 and have done many Canadian tours, including through Ontario. On this trek, they started in Calgary and toured through Southern Alberta and the Crowsnest Pass. They eventually made it to Golden B.C., where they played their first game of the tour. In fact, the team from Golden has travelled to Europe twice to play.
From there, they went to Jasper and played in Hinton and then Whitecourt. The last three nights, they were in Edmonton to play the Vintage Club.
While in Drumheller, they headed to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and also on a canoeing trip. In total, they played 6 games in 14 days and wound up their trip in the valley.
On Tuesday night they played the Avalanche in the Fall Classic Benefit Game and offered free admission and a silver collection for the Drumheller Salvation Army Foodbank. In all, they collected $570.
Kriener said international play among senior teams is very popular. The Inzell Oldies often hosts clubs from all over the world, and travel companies even arrange such excursions.
Josef Binder is the Captain of the team and said the reason they wanted to play here was, “For the German hockey players it is a dream to play hockey in the motherland of hockey.”
As far as the score goes, the Oldies won 6-3, but the experience for the players was more valuable than winning.

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