Former Dragon returns as coach
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.