He was the last line of defense for the Drumheller Dragons and the club's most popular player among the fans for two years running and the accolades keep coming for Curtis Skip.
 
The 22 year old has just been named Male Athlete of the Year by the University of Alberta Augustana Campus as well as the Vikings' Most Valuable Player this season.
 
"There's a lot of positives and a lot of things that are a little bit tougher," he confessed. "You've got to keep your grades up and living on your own took an adjustment. I had the best billets in Drumheller in Shawna and Joe Castonguay, but you've got to keep that balance of staying in the gym and on the ice, and also in the library doing work and in the classroom."
 
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) hockey season is only 28 games long, compared to 60 for Junior A, so that helps.
 
"Every game matters that much more, then," he countered. "That first year takes a lot of time to balance between school and hockey, but once you find it you kind of get in a rhythm and just go with it."
 
Skip, who was raised in Grande Prairie, still has three seasons with the Vikings as part of a five year program, but he's looking to the future.
 
"I want to get into teaching when I'm done, but if pro hockey is an option I'll definitley consider it," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "I'm just kind of taking the time, now, to focus on school and get that done. I know I want to be a teacher one day and pursue that, but I've still got three years left so I'm just going to enjoy it here and figure it out when it's done."

More Local Sports

Skipper to star in Aussie league

A former Drumheller Dragon is headed down under.

Cheer squad ends season on a high

The DVSS Dynos Cheer Team wound up their season on Saturday, April 14 at the Alberta Cheerleading Association Junior High Provincials in Lethbridge.

Rugby season looks promising for Badlands club

Spring appears to have sprung, which means the outdoor sports season can finally get underway once all the snow is gone and the ground has dried out a bit.

Half rink hockey dominates DMHA AGM

The Drumheller Minor Hockey Association held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 11. The group represents players from Tykes up to Midgets, but it was Novice players who garnered the…

Outdoor soccer teams ready when Mother Nature is

With the weather starting to warm up, outdoor sports enthusiasts are itching to get back at it.

Drumheller Dragons Prospect Showcase Weekend takes over the Memorial Arena

They came, they saw, they played hockey. This weekend is the Drumheller Dragons Prospect Showcase Weekend at the Memorial Arena. As in previous years, kids from across the Canada and the U.S. were…

Three Hills native to head up Team Canada at World's

A former resident of Three Hills is getting ready to jet off to Europe with the Canadian Mens' National Hockey Team.

Izzy Mac joins the Morning Show

A friend of mine let me know of an artist based out of Three Hills that they had thought would be great to focus on.

Local skiers qualify for 2019 Alberta Winter Games

From November of 2017 to March, 2018 local Special Olympics athletes trained for the 2019 Alberta Winter Games.

Dragons prepare for spring camp

This is a big weekend for the Drumheller Dragons Junior-A hockey team and some of the players who hope to be with them in the next year or two.

DrumhellerOnline.com is Drumheller's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Upcoming Events

03
Apr
2018
Dee Poisson "Soliloquy"

03 April 2018 9:00 am - 29 April 2018 6:00 pm

Western GM Gallery at Badlands Community Facility





20
Apr
2018
4th annual Spring Expo trade show

20 April 2018 3:00 pm - 22 April 2018 3:00 pm

Greentree Mall





21
Apr
2018
Powwow Silent Auction Fundraiser

21 April 2018 11:00 am - 22 April 2018 4:00 pm

Dry Canyon Collectables, Drumheller





21
Apr
2018
DINOSAUR TRAIL GOLF CLUB ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER AND AUCTION

21 April 2018 5:00 pm

Badlands Community Facility, Drumheller





21
Apr
2018
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION AT EAST COULEE

21 April 2018 7:00 pm

East Coulee School Museum, Drumheller





21
Apr
2018
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A NEW MUSICAL presented by DVSS

21 April 2018 7:30 pm

Kaleidoscope Theatre / Drumheller Valley High Scho, Drumheller





22
Apr
2018
East Coulee Pancake Breakfast

22 April 2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

East Coulee Community Hall





Login