Dragons Hand Out 2019 Awards

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.

(Left to Right) Bradley Stonnell, Alex Rotundo, Dawson Bruneski, Brett Edwards, Jordan Taupert. Missing: Hunter Virostek. (Bryan Wilson/BTBW MEDIA)

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