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Dragons building for future

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Even in the midst of a pandemic, the Dragons are looking forward to the future with three new signings last week.
The team announced on January 11 they have signed Alexey Trischuk for the 2021-2022 season. Trischuk is playing in his first season with the Northern Alberta Extreme Hockey U18 AAA prep club. The defense-
man has one goal and three assists in six games this season. In the previous season, he played with the Calgary Northstars and had 11 points in 30 games.
The Dragons followed up this announcement on January 12 with word that Ty Daneault signed a letter of intent for the coming season. The 2004- born forward is in his second season with the Red Deer U18 AAA Optimist Chiefs and has racked up five goals and five assists in only five games this season. He competed in the Macs AAA Tournament last season and had five points in four games.
The Dragons also added some strength between the posts on January 13, with Goalie Ty Young signing a letter of intent. Originally from Coaldale, Young has spent the last last two seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes AAA Club. He has appeared in 20 career games and this season had a 2.33 GGA and .9256 save percentage before the season was suspended.

Provincial hockey championship tournaments cancelled

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With COVID-19 restrictions hockey players are still not able to get back on the ice, and this week Hockey Alberta announced provincial championships have been cancelled.
With the uncertainty because of COVID-19, Hockey Alberta has decided to cancel all tournaments for the 2021 Hockey Alberta Championships. They will not be rescheduled for the 2021 season.
This comes after the Alberta Government extended restrictions for an additional two weeks, including halting organized sports.
“This decision has been made with the safety of all our members and participants in mind. Within the current environment in Alberta related to COVID-19, hosting tournaments will likely not be possible, and making this decision now will ensure members do not waste time, money, and other resources in planning to host tournaments,” states a press release.

Drumheller Minor Hockey posted on their Facebook page, due to the extended restrictions, they are pushing their potential restart date to January 23.
Hockey Alberta notes it will continue to work with government officials to develop a plan to allow teams to return to practice and gameplay. They are also working with league representatives throughout the province to salvage the remaining season.
“Establishing the meaningful competition that is required to identify and move Teams from League play into Playoffs will not be easy. However, as we return to play this season, Leagues will have the ability to still find ways to determine a champion. Hockey Alberta remains optimistic that we can regroup and host the 2022 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships,” the release states.

Dragons look forward to season restart

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With the AJHL Hockey season on hold, the Dragons won’t be resting on their laurels.
On November 25, the league announced it would be pausing the season until existing limitations are lifted, and players can safely return. This came after the province introduced safety measures due to rising rates of COVID-19.
Dragons coach Kevin Hasselberg says the players, for the most part, have headed home to wait out the break, but he says they will be busy.
“We have a very committed group of players who are not afraid to work, so under the circumstances, you have to be creative in your training, whether it is in your own house or outside. If you have the luxury of having one-on-one training, which is allowed, you can use this resource,” he said. “At the end of the day, it is about keeping the dream alive and pushing forward by any means possible to develop. Our players are doing that, our staff is doing what we can to assist that process.”
It has been a tough year for all sports. The Dragons have had a handful of exhibition games, and only two regular-season games before they were on hiatus. During this time, there were limits on spectators allowed to see them play.
“It is a great group, I can’t wait for the community to fully embrace them. They really haven’t got the chance to get to know them with the limited attendance numbers and all the restrictions,” said Hasselberg. “I am very confident and positive the community is going to love this group of players and appreciate them and in turn, the players are certainly going to do their part to win over that trust and do everything they can to provide an entertainment value to the community.”
The AJHL Board of governors is planning to reconvene on December 19 to determine a timeline and updated protocols for return to play.
“The regulations are in place to keep us safe, and at the end of the day, we just want to get through this and get back to normal as soon as possible,” said Hasselberg.

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