Dragons be­gin build­ing at Spring Camp.

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Some of the top hockey prospects in Al­berta were at the Drumheller Me­mo­rial Arena last week­end to be seen at the Drumheller Dragons Spring camp.

Coach and gen­eral man­ager Brian Cur­ran said about 144 play­ers came out for the camp from Fri­day night to Sun­day af­ter­noon. All re­ceived am­ple ice time, and all were top qual­ity play­ers.

“It was a very suc­cess­ful week­end,” said Cur­ran.

While the Dragons are not able to secure play­ers un­til June 1, he said they in­vited play­ers they have had on the radar for some­time. As the camp pro­gressed, they wi nn o w e d their num­bers down to 40 play­ing in the prospects game and 40 to play in the fu­ture game.

“Fu­tures are ob­vi­ously for the fu­ture, but prospects are for now,” said Cur­ran.

He ex­plains they have strong in­ter­est in about four play­ers from the Fu­tures group that could suit up for the Dragons in a cou­ple of sea­sons. The prospects also had a strong group with about 8-10 play­ers they have in­ter­est in pur­su­ing. He un- der­stands many will be head­ing out to camps for other teams and leagues.

“There are some great coaches and some bad coaches in all the leagues. For me if a kid is go­ing to play some other place be­cause of the views, then I wouldn’t want the kid any­way. Ev­ery place has its pos­i­tives. I al­ways say if I had a son com­ing into this, and I felt com­fort­able with the coach and staff, Drumheller is the ideal place: this is where you want your boy to play, it makes it con­ducive for a play­ers.”

He says the Dragons are fo­cus­ing on a younger team next sea­son, aimed at giv­ing the play­ers the best op­por­tu­ni­ties pos­si­ble.

“We are g o i n g younger next year be­cause we feel we can start show­ing the NCAA schools that we are go­ing to have 16 and 18 year olds on our team and they are good play­ers. These kids will have a great op­por­tu­nity, and as soon as we have the team picked we are go­ing to flood the NCAA with all the po­ten­tial play­ers,” said Cur­ran.

He cred­its the scouts for putting to­gether a top qual­ity group for the camp.

“We changed our whole scout­ing staff af­ter Christ­mas and our scouts have done a phe­nom­e­nal job. Peo­ple don’t know these guys aren’t paid and they travel through­out the north and Red Deer and Calgary. And they did a ter­rific job of bring­ing some of the best play­ers from the AAA pro­grams and 15’s pro­grams.”

The Dragons have another spring camp com­ing up in Fort Saskatchewan on April 22-24.

We changed our whole scout­ing staff af­ter Christ­mas and our scouts have done a

phe­nom­e­nal job.”

The Dragons had the op­por­tu­nity to eval­u­ate 144 play­ers at their Spring Camp at the Drumheller Me­mo­rial arena over the week­end.

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