Dragons keep build­ing for sea­son

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Drumheller Dragons are busy on the off sea­son for­ti­fy­ing their lines, and a have added to their ros­ter af­ter com­plet­ing a num­ber of trans­ac­tions.

On June 16 they an­nounced the com­ple­tion of fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tions from a trans­ac­tion fi­nal­ized on January 10, with the Fort McMur­ray Oil Barons. Last January Cap­tain Ste­fan Wood re­quested a trade, and this week the Dragons ac­quired 98 born for­ward Brett Ed­wards.

Ed­wards brings ex­pe­ri­ence. The Grande Prairie na­tive had 24 goals and 22 as­sists for 46 points in 114 games. Brett has 14 play-off games un­der his belt and was part of last year’s Oil Barons run to the fi­nal four in pur­suit of the Al­berta Ju­nior Hockey League’s Gas Drive Cup. Dur­ing that run, Brett scored 2 goals and added 2 as­sists.

“Ed­wards is an ex­pe­ri­enced player from a re­spected pro­gram. He will add to the speed and depth of our team and will be re­lied upon to cre­ate in the of­fen­sive zone. We be­lieve Brett will con­trib­ute on the spe­cial teams and he will be trusted in key sit­u­a­tions dur­ing games,” said Dragons coach Kevin Has­sel­berg.

This came a week af­ter the Dragons picked up for­ward Daw­son Bruneski. The team com­pleted the fu­tures from a trans­ac­tion fi­nal­ized on De­cem­ber 31, 2016 with the White­court Wolver­ines. In ex­change for 97 for­ward Evan Tschumi, the Dragons re­ceived the play­ing rights of 97 born de­fense­man Josh Bishop and now will add 99 for­ward Daw­son Bruneski to com­plete the trade.

“Daw­son is a wel­come ad­di­tion to our hockey team. He is fa­mil­iar with re­turn­ing play­ers on the cur­rent Dragons Ros­ter and has earned the re­spect of his peers al­ready at just 18 years of age. We be­lieve Daw­son can be an of­fen­sive con­trib­u­tor com­bined with his ef­forts to play a 200 foot game. His courage, grit­ti­ness, and self­less play will help forge the cul­ture of our team as we head into the 2017/18 sea­son,” said Has­sel­berg.Bruneski of Cam­rose Al­berta played in 56 games last sea­son and had 5 goals and added 13 as­sists for 18 points.

Dragons’ prospects will be ar­riv­ing in Drumheller for Main Camp on Au­gust 25th for fit­ness test­ing. The first ice ses­sions are sched­uled for Au­gust 26. A full sched­ule will be made avail­able on the Dragons web­site in early Au­gust.

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