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Filipino community hosts basketball tournament

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There was some great basketball action at St. Anthony’s School on Saturday, June 24. The Drumheller Filipino community hosted a basketball tournament and invited teams from Drumheller as well as from Hanna, Three Hills, and Torchu areas. The teams squared off from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and had a strong contingent of fans cheering on the action. The Hanna Hawks won the tournament.

Whitford signs with NAIT

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You won’t find many players with more games played in the AJHL than Dragons graduating forward, Ty Whitford.
After five seasons in the league, with his final two seasons being played with the Dragons, the veteran forward is off to play college hockey at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology next season. The NAIT Ooks compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
Whitford amassed 219 games played over his five seasons in the AJHL, recording 52 goals and 112 points. After being acquired by trade in the 2021-2022 season by the Dragons, Whitford became an important player on the team, bringing veteran leadership and a valuable two-way game.
This past season, he had an outstanding year with 40 points in 53 games during the regular season. During the AJHL playoffs, he was arguably one of the Dragons’ best players, with 11 points in only 13 games. He was trusted to play important defensive roles against opposing teams’ top lines and he scored timely goals for the team during their playoff run.

Dragons schedule released

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has released the schedule for the 2023 Exhibition Season and 2023-24 Regular Season, and the Dragons will be taking the ice on August 30 against the Calgary Canucks in exhibition.
The 60th anniversary season of the AJHL will debut a new schedule format with the league moving away from divisional play and to a balanced schedule.
All 16-member teams will play each other four times in the regular season plus an additional two games against select opponents at the Annual AJHL Showcase in the new 62-game schedule. The 2023 Exhibition Season will include 44 games beginning on August 24th, followed by the 2023-24 Regular Season opening on September 15th.
The Dragons will play in six exhibition games against Viterra South Division teams before the regular season begins for the team on Friday, September 15 when they head north to play the Bonnyville Pontiaces. They will play Lloydminster on September 16 and then Blackfalds on September 19.
Their regular season home opener will be on Friday, September 22 when they host the Whitecourt Wolverines in the Dragons Den.
The 2023 AJHL Showcase, hosted by the Calgary Canucks, will be held from September 27th-30th at the Ken Bracko Arena in Max Bell Centre. A full event schedule, as well as opportunities for local hockey teams, fans and volunteers will be announced on July 17.. The annual showcase draws coaches and scouts from each National Hockey League team, the NCAA, Canadian colleges and universities and the Canadian Hockey League.
Nine AJHL teams will fill their arena as hosts of a Hockey Hooky Game throughout the regular season in partnership with local schools. The AJHL will also host several holiday games, including six Family Day match-ups, and games on Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day and New Year’s.
The 2024 AJHL Playoffs begin on Friday, March 8th with an updated playoff format. The top fourteen teams will qualify for the 2024 AJHL Playoffs and the top two teams will receive a bye in Round One. Each round will be a best-of-seven series with the first-place team playing the lowest place team.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League will continue to implement a four-man referee system at all AJHL regular season and playoff games in the 2023-24 season. The Alberta Junior Hockey League will also introduce a pilot program for video review on goals at specific AJHL arenas across the province. The project will be reviewed at the conclusion of the season for the purpose of expanding the program.

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