Dragons pick cap­tains

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The Drumheller Dragons have se­lected third-year for­ward Der­rick Budz to lead the team this sea­son as cap­tain.

Budz, from York­ton Saskatchew­an, is en­ter­ing this third year and has spent his AJHL ju­nior ca­reer wear­ing the or­ange and black of the Dragons. Last sea­son he had 23 goals and 22 as­sists for 45 points.

“Der­rick is a leader by ex­am­ple who is well re­spected by his peers. He comes to the rink well pre­pared and works ex­tremely hard to do what’s best for the team,” said coach Kevin Has­sel­berg. “His in­fec­tious pos­i­tive at­ti­tude cre­ates a safe en­vi­ron­ment where de­vel­op­ment and ca­ma­raderie are achieved. He will be a tremen­dous cap­tain for the Drumheller Dragons.”

As­sist­ing Budz this sea­son as Al­ter­nate Cap­tains de­fense­man Ai­den Yakim­chuk, for­ward Kaden Hanas, and for­ward Brady Risk.

Yakim­chuk of Edmonton is en­ter­ing his sec­ond sea­son for the Dragons. He was ac­quired from the Sher­wood Park Cru­saders at the be­gin­ning of last sea­son. Yakim­chuk will help with the de­vel­op­ment of the young de­fense­men on this year’s ros­ter.

Hanas is also en­ter­ing his third sea­son with the Dragons and the Strath­more prod­uct has shown through­out the pre­sea­son his abil­ity to take charge and lead the room. Hanas split time be­tween the Dragons and Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League dur­ing the 2018/19 sea­son. His en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy have con­trib­uted 255 penalty min­utes and 29 points in 82 AJHL games played.

Risk is the most ex­pe­ri­enced player on the Dragons ros­ter. With 176 ca­reer games played in the AJHL, the Medicine Hat prod­uct is ex­pected to be one of the Dragons lead­ers of­fen­sively. In three sea­sons, Risk has scored 43 goals adding 58 as­sists for 101 points. Risk has earned a com­mit­ment from the Univer­sity of Alaska Fair­banks Nanooks, a Di­vi­sion 1 col­lege team com­pet­ing in the WCHA.

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