Dragons open season Friday at home
The Drumheller Dragons are opening their season on Friday night at home, and judging by the preseason, there should be some exciting action on the ice.
The Dragons had a strong exhibition season with three wins in tournament play in Camrose. They followed it up with a 4-0 shutout win over the Kindersley Klippers. On Friday, September 7, they hosted the Brooks Bandits but lost 4-3 in overtime. On Saturday they headed to Brooks for the second of the series and this time fell 2-0.
Despite the losses, coach Kevin Hasselberg is encouraged by the direction of the team.
“The preseason is all about learning about your team and assessing from our roster perspective, and also from a how we play perspective, and I thought there was a lot of positives we took from the two games, and we will get better from it,” said Hasselberg.
A part of getting to know the new roster is watching it develop its culture.
“We are going to be strength-driven from leadership. I think leadership creates culture and a part of leadership is drawing from the strengths of the individual char- acter of these players,” he said. “Through hockey school, our camp, and now venturing into the regular season, I think as a staff and organization we couldn’t have a better situation being surrounded by players that are passionate about Dragon hockey and are willing and prepared to lead this hockey team.”
This development is an ongoing feature of a healthy program.
“It sustains itself. The attitude and the belief system, the culture of the team is left behind by the players that were here in the past. Those players prepare the new players,” he said. ‘ You want to sustain that culture and that is the ultimate goal of an organization. Once you have it, it is sustaining it and growing it consistently.”
“The core principles and values the team has, that stays with the team and I really like the foundation that has been built, now we have to build off of it.”
The Dragons open the regular season this Friday, September 14 versus longtime conference rivals, the Brooks Bandits. The Bandits were division runnerups last season and are hosting the 2019 RBC Cup.
“We feel we are right there with anybody and the players have that belief, the staff certainly believe in that, and now it is all about putting in the work. One thing this group is going to do, is work hard and value preparation, and they are going to be together on this,” said Hasselberg.
Game time on Friday is 7:30 p.m. Come down to the Drumheller Memorial Arena on game day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a tailgate party.
The Dragons open the regular season this Friday verus the Brooks Bandits at home.