It’s official, Jordan Taupert is the most prolific scorer the Dragons have ever had.
Taupert has consistently been a top-end offensive producer in Drumheller ever since he arrived in the valley back in the 2016-17 season. Now a bona fide Dragons legend, the 20-year-old from Medicine Hat, Alta. began his AJHL career in 2014-15 as a member of the Drayton Valley Thunder. Taupert is now in his fifth AJHL season, a rare feat in its own right, and is one of just 16 players in history to play over 250 career games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
In retrospect, he says it’s been an unforgettable journey.
“Over the past five years I haven’t taken anything for granted,” Taupert recalls. “I’ve had such a good time here in Junior and it just keeps getting better and looking back on it now as a 20-year-old, it’s going to stick with me for the rest of my life.”
It has been over a decade since the Drumheller Dragons have witnessed the type of production that Taupert has given the team over the past three seasons. The All-Time franchise scoring mark was previously held by former Dragons great, Kevin Bui, who spent three seasons in Drumheller from 2005-2008, recording 146 points (51 goals, 95 assists) in 182 career games. It took just 136 games for Taupert to surpass that mark and he did it in style during Saturday night’s 7-4 victory over the Lloydminster Bobcats at the Memorial Arena.
Taupert picked up two goals on back-to-back breakaway opportunities in the third period. His efforts that night solidified his spot in Dragons’ lore as the best there has ever been in Drumheller with 61 goals, 88 assists and 149 points in 136 regular season games with the Dragons and there is still two-thirds of the 2018-19 season yet to be played.
Always a team guy first, Taupert credits his coaches and teammates for helping him reach this milestone.
LISTEN IN: Jordan Taupert talks about the milestone following the game.
“It’s awesome, it’s such an amazing accomplishment and I can’t thank everyone enough,” Taupert explains. “The coaching staff over the past three years, my teammates, my line-mates, they all really helped me to get to this goal and it feels awesome.”
Jordan Taupert currently has 79 goals, 113 assists and 192 points in 254 career games. In his final season in the AJHL those totals will assuredly continue to climb before he calls it a career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.