The Drumheller Dragons held their year-end banquet and awards dinner over the weekend, handing out some well deserved hardware.
It was a 2018-19 season full of personal bests, career highs and franchise records, which made for a special night at the Canalta Jurassic Conference Centre in Drumheller, AB. The room was full as the Drumheller Dragons players, family members, volunteers, staff and fans all had a chance to unwind and perhaps find closure on a season that ended, as many feel, much too soon. Still, it was a remarkable 2018-19 campaign for the Drumheller Dragons, who set a franchise high in wins with 37 this season (37-19-4), finishing third in the AJHL South Division with 78 points.
Despite a first round exit from the playoffs, the post-season offered up drama and excitement, with four straight overtime games needed to start the series, followed by a Game 5 heartbreaker. It should serve as an invaluable learning experience for the young Dragons core who will look to lead the team next season.
Six Dragons players accepted NCAA commitments this season:
- Brett Edwards – University of Denver (NCAA Div 1)
- Bradley Stonnell – Robert Morris University (NCAA Div 1)
- Dawson Bruneski – University of Maine (NCAA Div 1)
- Roc Truman – University of Massachusetts (NCAA Div 1)
- Scout Truman – University of Massachusetts (NCAA Div 1)
- Hunter Virostek – Albertus Magnus (NCAA Div III)
NOTABLE: #13 Roc Truman was a nominee for the 2018-19 AJHL Rookie of the Year, head coach, Kevin Hasselberg, was a nominee for AJHL Coach of the Year, #35 Hunter Virostek set a new franchise mark for career wins by a goaltender, #14 Jordan Taupert solidified his name in Dragons lore becoming the franchise leader in points, goals, assists, power-play goals and games played, #15 Shane Ott and #1 Daniel Allin received AJHL Player of the Week honours.
2018-19 Drumheller Dragons Award Recipients:
- M.V.P. – #28 Brett Edwards
- Top Defenceman – #8 Bradley Stonnell
- Playoff M.V.P. – #12 Brady Risk
- Most Improved Player – #21 Eric Martin
- Rookie of the Year – #13 Roc Truman
- Hardest Working Dragon -#19 Derrick Budz
- Top Scorer – #14 Jordan Taupert
- Community Involvement Award – #37 Markus Boguslavsky
- Academic Achievement Award – #26 Kiano Robinson
- Faubion Family Unsung Hero Award- #15 Shane Ott
- Jeff Hendricks Memorial- #19 Derrick Budz
- Chinook Financial Jr.Dragons Favourite Player- #19 Derrick Budz