Dragons ink two more players
The Dragons have been busy signing prospects in the ramp up to the September season start, seemingly adding depth to their bench on a daily basis with the club announcing the signing of another two new players.
The Dragons have signed 16-year-old Spruce Grove native Brayden Nicoletts of the American U-16 Elite League it was announced Friday.
“Brayden came to our spring camp two years ago, and I have seen great improvement in him over the last two seasons,” said head coach Brian Curran. “He’s a feisty player with excellent offensive skills and I look forward to working with him this year.”
Nicholetts, a 5’11, 170-lb forward Spruce Grove native, played for the Colorado Thunderbirds of the U-16 Minor Midget team last year, posting 11 goals and 16 assists in only 32 games.
Nicholetts says the Dragons are the team he wants to play for.
“Drumheller is a great fit for me. I like the philosophy of hard work and being tough to play against every night. I think the coaches are very experienced and will help me improve,” he said.
On Monday the team announced their acquisition of defenceman Jakob Cardinal, a 6’1” and 170 lb player from Edmonton who played last season for the Knights of Columbus Midget AAA Pats, scoring 6 goals and 4 assists in 32 games.
“I have family that live in Drumheller and they have nothing but good things to say about the town and the people in it,” he said. “I chose Drumheller because I think it is a great opportunity to move onto the next level with a great team.”
Curran said Cardinal is a smooth skater with good vision and moves the puck well.
The Dragons first home exhibition game is slated for September 9 against Lloydminister. Tough Mudder consumed Drumheller for a third time this past weekend of Saturday, August 6. Mudders from all around flooded the valley for the chance to take on the Tough Mudder course. The day brought in sunshine and a cool breeze while participants took on the event.
The Dragons have brought on defenceman Jakob Cardinal and forward Brayden Nicoletts for the upcoming season.