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Drumheller Dragons make changes as trade dead­line looms.

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The Drumheller Dragons has been shuf­fling the deck as it ap­proaches the trade dead­line.

As per Hockey Canada, the trade dead­line this sea­son is Jan­uary 10 and t he Dragons have made a cou­ple moves. On Jan­uary 1, the Dragons picked up 19- year-old Jo sh La­fer­riere from the Nip a win Hawks. He is a 6’3” de­fense man, orig­i­nally from Wain­wright, Alb erta. In t he 2017/2018 s ea­son w ith t he Hawks, he had one go al and five as­sists, with 27 PIM.

“Josh ha s all t he a bil­i­ties t o help t he Dragons in t he b ack half of t he sea­son. He is a de- pend able de­fense- first player that can move pucks, kill penal­ties, and play phys­i­cally. He is a tremen­dous young man that will be a great ad­di­tion in the Drumheller com­mu­nity.”

The ac­qui­si­tion of La fer­riere com­pletes a trans­ac­tion ini­ti­ated in Oc­to­ber when the team sent de­fense man Gage Misskey to the Hawks. On Jan­uary 3, the Dragons moved Jor en Pate­naude, 19, to the Dray­ton Val­ley Thun­der for a player de­vel­op­ment fee.

This was Pate­naude’s sec­ond sea­son with the Dragons , and in his 2016-2017 sea­son, he tal­lied 30 points in 46 games.

This year he amassed 10 goals and eight as­sist sin 31 games.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Last week the Dragons moved Joren Pate­naude to the Dray­ton Val­ley Thun­der as the trade dead­line ap­proaches.

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