February 1st, 2022
The Drumheller Dragons continue to strive for success this season and moving forward in 2022-2023.
The team took a step for next season by adding two new commitments to the roster for next season. On January 27, the Dragons officially welcomed forward Caden Heins and defenseman Ryan Henderson. Dragons Assistant Coach Kenton Levesque shares the team’s excitement on the additions. “We’re extremely excited to have these two athletes. They’ve already been in the line up once and have shown that they can play at this level. We’ve been watching them all year and they just continue to progress.”
Ryan Henderson, a 17 year old defenseman from Lethbridge, is looking forward to the progression of his hockey career. “I’m ecstatic. It’s going to be so much fun. It’s always been a dream of mine to come play junior. I’m really happy to have the opportunity.” Henderson shares that one of his biggest attributes is his skating ability and his play making abilities. This year, Ryan has 3 goals and 18 assists in 32 games for the Hurricanes.
Caden Heins, a 17 year old forward from Diamond City, AB, is also quite excited to join the Dragons. He is quite proud of his skill set that he will bring to the Dragons. “I think I have a really good shot. My board work is really good. I can break down defense, work the puck in the corners and take it to the net.” In 31 games this season for the Hurricanes, Heins has 10 goals and 15 assists.
Levesque notes that other than their skills, they both fit in with the Dragons organization. “They share the same values as we do. They prepare relentlessly. They work extremely hard and they are both good people surrounded by really good families.” Levesque compares Caden Heins to being similar to former Dragon Kaden Hanas. He also shares that Ryan Henderson is comparable to Bradley Stonnell, former defenseman with the team.
Both Henderson and Heins anticipate making it on the Dragons roster this fall.
– Jason Blanke