The Drumheller Dragons are hometown heroes on and off the ice.
On Thursday, November 21, many of our local AJHL hockey team members joined schools throughout the valley and engaged students into floor hockey matches.
"The minute the Dragons walk in the gym, the place always lights up. The students are excited," explained Business Manager for the Drumheller Dragons, Dustin Edwards. "It's cool when you go in there to see them wearing Dragons shirts and hats and stuff. It's pretty neat."
The Dragons played floor hockey with students from St. Anthony's and Greentree Elementary as a way to get them moving and to engage with the community that supports them the most.
"It's nice to just kind of give back and go see the kids once in a while. We get to show our appreciation too," said Dragons goalie, Hunter Virostek. "Plus, it helps get our fan base out there. The kids would be like, 'Hey mom and dad, the Dragons came to school with us to today and played some hockey. I want to go watch them play!' It just helps get some fans out there (at the Dragons games) too."
The Dragons also handed out tickets to all the students from kindergarten to grade 6 within the schools for their game this Sunday, November 25.
"The players were tested. They were some pretty skilled kids in the group and they made the Dragons work for their wins out there today," concluded Edwards.
The Dragons have future plans of engaging the student population in ways like this a few more times before the end of the year.