A couple of affiliate Drumheller Dragons players were busy earlier this week playing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Macs Triple-A Minor Hockey Tournament in Calgary.
"We have three affiliate players with Lethbridge right now. Micheal Horon, Taylor Miller, and Griffen Fraser. All who have seen action with us up to this point in this time and all very good players," commented Drumheller Dragons Head Coach Kevin Hassleberg.
According to Hassleberg, all of these players look to have promising hockey careers.
"We have a lot of work to do from a recruiting perspective. With the efforts of one of those individuals, Micheal Horon, he is a Lethbridge Hurricane Prospect and they actually traded his rights to Seattle. I believe, from what I am hearing, is Micheal might be called up for the rest of the year to play in Seattle. That is a huge accomplishment for him, and for the Hurricanes organization. It is a tough loss when you lose your leading scorer and an impactful guy like that, but I think it goes to show that the development is working and at the end of the day, that is what it is all about."
During the tournament, the Lethbridge Hurricanes made it to the championship game on January 1 against the St. Albert Necktar Data Systems Raiders but came up short, losing 4-3 to St Albert.
"I think the next step for them is to pursue a national championship first and foremost. I think for teams to be successful at that capacity, they have to be in good and bad experiences. I think it is all about attitude at this stage for that hockey team. they went through a grueling round robin, you are playing two games in one day, and then back at it the next day. They have experienced pain and fatigue situations now and they came up short," explained Hassleberg. "I think they had a 3-1 lead in that final game. You can't pay for those lessons. They are hard to find and as coaches, we have to capture those lessons and make sure we instill them back to the team."