For­mer Dragon re­turns as coach

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The Dragons fam­ily sticks to­gether, and this year a for­mer Drumheller Dragons de­fense­man is com­ing back to the team as an as­sis­tant coach. Ken­ton Levesque played de­fense for the Dragons from 2009-2012 and racked up a num­ber of honours in­clud­ing the Jeff Hen­dricks Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship and was the twotime Hard­est Work­ing Dragon. In his fi­nal sea­son, he was cap­tain of the team.

“I have al­ways wanted to go back to (the Dragons). It is go­ing to be a good time,” said Levesque.

He played for a short spell at SAIT, be­fore he got into coach­ing. Based in Cochrane, he has been coach­ing for the last five years, most re­cently as head coach for the AC Avalanche in the Al­berta Mid­get Hockey League. He is also a skills de­vel­op­ment coach for P3 Sports, a hockey de­vel­op­ment com­pany.

“I have been a skills coach for the last five years work­ing with guys in the AHL, the Western League and AJHL, all the way down to five and six-year-olds, so it has been a large va­ri­ety of hockey but it is what I do every day, so it is awe­some to come back to Drumheller and con­tinue the pas­sion.”

Dragons head coach Kevin Has­sel­berg likes the fit.

“Ken­ton is a nat­u­ral fit within the Dragons’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion. He has earned the com­mu­nity’s trust pro­vid­ing fans with in­spi­ra­tional play on the ice, and ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity off the ice. Ken­ton is ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about de­vel­op­ing play­ers and is ex­cited to con­trib­ute to the suc­cess of the Dragons Hockey Team,” said Has­sel­berg.

Over the years Levesque says his con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity and team have re­mained strong. He bil­leted with Ar­lene Turner, and he still sees his old team­mates.

“We still have Drumheller Dragons re­unions in Cal­gary with guys I played with from 2009-2012. So the Dragons still runs in our blood and al­ways will, we made some life­long friends there and to be able to go back and see peo­ple I haven’t seen in a few years is go­ing to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Levesque.

He is slated to start on Au­gust 1, how­ever, he was able to get a good look at the team at the Dragons de­vel­op­ment camp in Cochrane last week­end. each play­ing a round-robin sched­ule to start the tour­na­ment.

The Drumheller squad opened the tour­ney with a 3-1 win over Ir­ri­cana B in Pool B play. In the Bl­iz­zards’ sec­ond game, they played Carstairs B to a 1-1 tie. The Bl­iz­zards com­pleted round-robin play with a 2-0 win over Dids­bury. Five mem­bers of the U16 Pure Venom soft­ball team have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Zone 2 at the Al­berta Sum­mer Games, and their coach has been se­lected to be an as­sis­tant coach. They are (l-r) Ten­lee Jensen, Gabby Thom­son, Brook­lynn Hartman, Randi Gill, Brook­lyn Lutz and coach Ciena Sands. This put the Bl­iz­zards in first place in Pool B where they met Ir­ri­cana A in the gold medal match as they had fin­ished first in Pool A.

The Bl­iz­zards went down 2-0 at half­time but did not quit and com­pleted the ul­ti­mate come­back by scor­ing 3 goals in the sec­ond half to win 3-2.

Coaches Gavin Makse and An­drea Nyrerod were very proud of the team­work and ef­fort put forth by all team mem­bers.

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