Dragons build in off sea­son

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The Dragons con­tinue to be busy in the off­sea­son ac­quir­ing two new play­ers and then for­ti­fy­ing its coach­ing staff.

On June 29, the squad an­nounced it had signed de­fense­man Troy Dud­ley and for­ward Leif Matt­son. And then on July 7 an­nounced they have signed Dar­ryl Olsen as as­sis­tant coach.

Dud­ley is a 17-year-old de­fense­man from Ed­mon­ton and was ac­quired from the Spruce Grove Saints last sea­son. Play­ing for the Ed­mon­ton Cana­di­ans Mid­get AAA he had 6 goals and 11 as­sists in 27 games.

“Troy was one of our top pri­or­i­ties in re­cruit­ing this year as he is a great skat­ing de­fense­man with strong puck mov­ing skills and ex­cel­lent hockey sense,” said coach Brian Cur­ran.

On the of­fen­sive side of the puck the Dragons picked up 17-year-old Leif Matt­son from the Brooks Ban­dits. Orig­i­nally from Thomp­son, Man­i­toba, he played for the St. Al­bert Raiders and has 21 goals and 13 as­sists in 30 games.

“Leif is a young power for­ward with both a great shot and hockey sense. I look for­ward to work­ing with Leif and help­ing him at­tain his goals. I be­lieve Matt­son will be a player to watch now and in the fu­ture,” said Cur­ran.

While the team added young play­ers, they found some strong ex­pe­ri­ence in the ac­qui­si­tion of Coach Olsen.

“I took my time; I had some very strong can­di­dates for the po­si­tion,” said Cur­ran. “I felt with a young team this year and what I’m try­ing to do I needed a lit­tle more ex­pe­ri­ence and with Dar­ryl that is what I get. Dar­ryl not only has played the game at the high­est level but he has been teach­ing skill de­vel­op­ment for the last sev­eral years and has had a lot of suc­cess in mov­ing play­ers to the high­est level. I felt this was key for me this sea­son as I want to have the right tools to help this team be suc­cess­ful and I feel Dar­ryl will be a great ad­di­tion to the Dragons.”

Orig­i­nally from Al­berta, Olsen has played and coached through­out North Amer­ica and Europe, from the ju­nior ranks NCAA, all the way up to the pros. He is re­lo­cat­ing from Salt Lake City to coach in Drumheller.

“I am very thank­ful that Brian Cur­ran and the Drumheller Dragons are giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to join such a great or­ga­ni­za­tion. I take great pride in be­ing a de­vel­op­ment coach fo­cused on skills. I am very ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to help de­velop this group of young play­ers and watch them grow and have suc­cess dur­ing the sea­son,” said Olsen.

Dar­ryl Olsen… named as­sis­tant coach

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