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Boyko listed as player to watch in NHL draft

Talyn Boyko

A Drumheller goalie‘s stock is rising even during a pandemic as Talyn Bokyo was listed as a player or watch on the NHL Central Scouting Report.
Talyn, the son of Kelly and Sharla, is in his third season with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. So far this year the season has been sidelined, he is still being noticed on the list.
“You try not to look at that stuff too much, but obviously it’s always nice to be recognized, so it is pretty cool to see it,” said Boyko.
He is listed as a ‘C’ prospect which puts his potential selection as high as the fourth round. There are only about a half dozen goalies on the list rated as an ‘A’ or ‘B’ prospect. This is the first year he is eligible for the draft.
While it looks like there isn’t much more of a season to salvage this year, he made an impression with his previous work with the Americans posting a .884 save percentage and a 4.75 GGA. He was selected 53rd overall in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
While he hasn’t been able to get on the ice in gameplay, late last year when it was still allowed, he would work out four times a week at Crash Conditioning in Calgary with other WHL players.
It is a challenge to stand out during a pandemic.
“It’s tough with nothing going on. I think teams are watching the video and stuff like that and talk with you, whether an email or a call to see what you are like,” he said. “Everyone is looking to see if we can play or not, and after that, maybe there will be some tournaments for the prospects, but hopefully we’ll play soon.”
In the meantime, he is doing everything he can to prepare for what could be left of the season and keeps working out.
I am really lucky we have a good set up here at home in the garage where I can work out, and we actually built an ice surface in the back yard to go out and do a little bit of movement and try to keep sharp,” he said.
The players to watch list is the NHL’s Central Scouting’s compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe. The list is kept updated throughout the season.
The 2021 NHL Entry Draft is on July 23-24, 2021.


Titans aim for March restart

Titans

The Titans are still hoping to get on the field this spring.
Drumheller Community Football Association held their Annual General Meeting via video conference on Tuesday, January 19.
At the meeting, Karie Drouin was named president after Holly Laffin stepped down. Deb Sattler is vice president, Lydia Natiuk remained as treasurer, secretary is now Tamara Perry.
Senior Titans head coach Ken Fournier says there are still many ways to volunteer for the board.
Bantam coach Thomas Laffin stepped down from coaching. So the Titans are on the lookout for a new coach.
“Thomas has put in eight great years with us and has been one of our best volunteers,” said Fournier. “We were lucky to have him for as long as we did.”
Coach Fournier says they are aiming to start practice again come March 15, if provincial restrictions allow.
“We have a set of guidelines from Football Alberta, and of course, we will follow them.”
They are hoping to have a spring season for the senior team to allow the Grade 12 players to get back on the field before their high school career is up. He says they are looking at playing full games and are working on organizing a league with Tier IV teams in Southern Alberta. After that, they intended to continue with the regular season come fall.
“We are going to try and do everything we can, we just want to get on the grass,” said Fournier.
He said if someone is interested in coaching at any level, or to volunteer to serve with the board, they can contact Drumheller Community Football through the Drumheller Titans Facebook page or at www.drumhellerfootball.com.

Dragons building for future

dragons signing

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.


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