Being a leader means putting others first and leading by example and no player better embodied these qualities this season than Drumheller Dragons captain, #37 Markus Boguslavsky.
Playing Junior ‘A’ hockey is not only about playing the game, but about building character. Of course, developing on-ice skills and off-ice fitness is a big focus for young aspiring athletes, but with many community owned teams across the CJHL, there comes an inherent duty and responsibility to give back to the local community, as well. Boguslavsky did that in spades this year.
He organized four different volunteer opportunities that offered a chance for him and his teammates to make a difference in the Drumheller community. The Dragons were involved in the Town of Drumheller’s Festival of Lights and Unplugged events, the Salvation Army Food Drive, as well as frequent volunteer hours spent with the Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation.
$5,000 has been donated by RBC to various organizations in Drumheller as a result of Boguslavsky’s efforts, while an additional $2,500 donation will be made to the Drumheller Valley Family & Community Support Services on Boguslavsky’s behalf, as the recipient of the 2019 RBC & AJHL Community Ambassador award.
The first-year captain of the Drumheller Dragons showed a determined effort to stand up for his teammates each game. Early on in the season, and for most of the year, Boguslavsky centred a line with two highly-skilled rookies, Roc and Scout Truman. His presence solidified that unit, providing a tangible example of how to play the game ‘the right way.’
His demeanour and conduct dealing with media was always consistent, met with a smile and a candid answer and he applied that approach to his interactions with fans and league officials, as well. Boguslavsky earned the respect of his teammates and coaching staff early on, which was a big reason why he was given the ‘C’ to start the 2018-19 season, according to Dragons head coach / GM , Kevin Hasselberg.
“He’s well respected and he earned that respect from the new players going through camp,” Hasselberg commented. “He’s earned that respect from his teammates that he’s gone to battle with over the course of his junior career and we feel that he has that same respect amongst the league. Respect is a big thing, it’s earned, and Markus has done that.”
Boguslavsky scored 16 goals, 16 assists, 32 points in 57 games this season and finished tied for first in team scoring during the playoffs, recording four points in five games (2G, 2A).