Dragons ink two more play­ers

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail mailpho­tos by Bob Sheddy, Al­lie Ruck­man sub­mit­ted

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.

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