Former Drumheller Dragons coach Brian Curran was looking to get back into the game when he learned of a great opportunity -- Mentor for Zone 1 hockey at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

"I approached Barry Madore from Hockey Alberta in the mentorship program," explained Curran. "I felt I wanted to get back slowly in the game. I'm not ready to be on the ice with the condition of my hip, but I still wanted to be involved."

The role will see Curran helping guide young hockey players through the detail-oriented world of Hockey Alberta.

"It's with the Alberta Winter Games and, in Olds last weekend, we had 160-170 kids, a lot of big staffs, two teams and we were choosing players to go. My job is to help them and also guide them through the Hockey Alberta way."

Curran explained that quite a few things have changed since he was in the players' position.

"It's very detailed and, for me, there are certain things that I have never even done that they have. It's quite a different model than I had. As a coach, I was just there taking a look, giving them help when they needed help. We'll see how it goes when we get to Fort McMurray."

The 2018 Alberta Winter Games will take place from Feb. 16-19 in a variety of locations in the Wood Buffalo area.

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