Dragons cel­e­brate sea­son at year end ban­quet

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Sarah Dev­ereaux The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Sarah Dev­ereaux

The Drumheller Dragons closed out the 2015-2016 sea­son Fri­day evening (March 18) hand­ing out the hard­ware at their an­nual awards ban­quet.

The evening be­gan with the Vol­un­teer of the Year award pre­sented by Ja­son Blanke. The award was pre­sented to Mitchell Pen­ning­ton who has been vol­un­teer­ing with the Dragons for a few years work­ing at the sea­son ticket holder ta­ble.

Ava Har­ring­ton pre­sented the se­cond award of the evening. Har­ring­ton is a mem­ber of the Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial Ju­nior Dragons fan club and pre­sented the Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial ju­nior Dragons Favourite Player award to goal­tender Jonny Hogue.

Next, As­sis­tant Coach Gavin Hol­comb pre­sented the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment award to team cap­tain Con­nor Dun­can. Dave Wood pre­sented the Aca­demic Achieve­ment award next, to Dragons for­ward Con­nor Boyd.

Joe Faubion pre­sented the Faubion Fam­ily Unsung Hero award to Dragons for­ward Braedan Salverda.

Dragons head coach and gen­eral man­ager Brian Cur­ran pre­sented the next set of awards. Boyd re­ceived the Hard­est Work­ing Player. The Most Im­proved Player award went to An­drew Kar­tusch. The Rookie of the Year award went to Levi Wun­der. The Top De­fense­man award was pre­sented to Isaac Schacher. The Top Scorer award went to Wun­der. The Top Play­off Per­former award was re­ceived by Salverda and the Most Valu­able Player award went to Ja­cob Schofield.

Marty Wey­mark pre­sented the Jeff Hen­dricks Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship Award to Boyd.

“It is such an honor to be cho­sen as the re­cip­i­ent of the Jeff Hen­dricks Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship,” Boyd told The Mail.

“The award means a lot to me be­cause it is for some­thing that I have al­ways prided my­self on. I have al­ways played with all my heart and putting ev­ery­thing I have into ev­ery shift, so to be honored with this award for do­ing just that, has left me very hum­bled.”

Boyd, who had 11 goals, 12 as­sists for 23 points in 60 games, said he was “happy with the way my sea­son went.”

“I felt I was able to play at a high level all sea­son long and into the play­offs. I en­joyed be­ing a shut­down player that could be trusted against other teams top lines,” he said.

“I was able to at­tain a lot of my suc­cess and con­fi­dence from my line mates Scott Ivey and Keaton Holi­naty. I ab­so­lutely loved play­ing with the two of them and I think we had a chem­istry that doesn’t come around too of­ten,” he added.

The Drumheller Dragons said good­bye to five 20-year-old play­ers at their an­nual awards ban­quet as they move for­ward in their hockey ca­reer. (l-r) No. 4 Isaac Schacher, No. 24 Braedan Salverda, No. 18 Ja­cob Schofield, No. 17 Clint Fil­brandt and No. 28 2015-2016 team cap­tain Con­nor Dun­can.

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