Dragons an­nounce pair of sign­ings

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

The Dragons have added depth in their net and the ex­pe­ri­ence of an af­fil­i­ate for­ward to the 2016/17 ros­ter with the an­nounce­ment Mon­day of dual sign­ings.

Goal­tender Hunter Viro- stek will make the move to Drumheller hav­ing been heav­ily scouted by the club at his post with the Midget AAA Bisons of Strath­more last sea­son, post­ing a 2.37 GAA and an elite save per­cent­age of .921 over 19 games.

“Hunter just came off a fan­tas­tic year with the CFR Bisons. I was at a cou­ple of his games last year and was very im­pressed with him. He com­petes hard yet he is very calm, which is ex­actly what the coach­ing and scout­ing staff was look­ing for,” said head coach Brian Cur­ran.

The Dragons got their man af­ter ex­ten­sive scout­ing of Virostek last year, and the 18-year-old from Nan­ton, AB was well aware he was in the team’s crosshairs.

“The Dragons watched me play more times than any other team by a long shot, and have al­ways been open, hon­est, and very ap­proach­able. Drumheller’s abil­ity to not take los­ing lightly is also a huge fac­tor. Team tough­ness have both men­tally and phys­i­cally is a huge ap­peal,” said Virostek.

Also an­nounced Mon­day was the sign­ing of re­turn­ing af­fil­i­ate player Joren Parte­naude, who joins the Dragons from the Cal­gary Midget AA Buf­faloes af­ter post­ing 9 goals and 17 as­sists last year, while also con­tribut­ing three goals and three as­sists play­ing 10 reg­u­lar sea­son games and four play­offs games for Drumheller.

“I chose Drumheller be­cause it is a great hockey town with a de­voted fan base that em­braces and sup­ports the team,” the 5’10, 170-lb. Cal­gary na­tive said. “Cur­ran puts his play­ers above all else and shows he is very pas­sion­ate to­wards the Drumheller Dragons.”

“He was very suc­cess­ful in the games he played for us last sea­son and will def­i­nitely con­trib­ute in all ar­eas of the ice this sea­son,” said Cur­ran.

The Dragons hit home ice for the first time this fall on Septem­ber 9, when they take on Lloy­d­min­is­ter in their first home ex­hi­bi­tion game.

“I chose Drumheller be­cause it is a great hockey town with a de­voted fan base that em­braces and sup­ports the team.”

The Dragons seem to be get­ting deeper by the day, and on Mon­day an­nounced the sign­ings of goal­tender Hunter Virostek and for­ward Joren Parte­naude.

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