March 11, 2022
The Drumheller Dragons continue in the AJHL Playoffs but are also planning for next season and seasons to come.
Thursday afternoon, Tate Yule signed on the dotted line to become a Drumheller Dragon player for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Yule who grew up on a farm just outside of Gleichen, is looking forward to playing for a team near home. “I’ve kind of wanted to play for the Dragons. I’m from around here so wanted to play for the Dragons since I was young and so gradually it has come along.”
Yule has had the chance to play with the Dragons as an affiliate this year and notes that he feels right at home in the dressing room. “Everyone is really good at bonding. When I come I feel really welcome. The old guys (veterans) do a good job including everyone.” Yule shares that the strength of his game is his physical play and shut down defensive skills.
Kenton Levesque, Assistant Coach for the Dragons acknowledges that Yule is the type of player that suits the Dragons organization and dressing room. “He is just a tremendous kid. He is captain with his Okotoks team, those captain qualities is what he brings. It’s nice that he is also close already, like Cyle Clayton. We’re extremely excited. We got to see Tate in number of games this year and watched him a lot in his level. Just like he described himself, he’s big, he likes to hit, and we’re really excited to have him in ‘orange’.”
Levesque also notes the team loves to find those skilled small town kids that fit into the small town feel of Drumheller. “We’re a small town and we like our small town boys as you can probably see with our roster and how we’re populating it. Nothing against the Calgary or Edmonton kids or anything, the small town (players) find it easier to adapt. You (the players) know what they are going into. That’s obviously always has been a goal of ours and this is just one more step into that direction.”
Pieces of the puzzle for the upcoming years are falling into place and Levesque credits the tireless work of Head Coach and General Manager Kevin Hasselberg, and the Dragons scouting staff. Come and watch this exciting Dragons team on Saturday night at the Memorial Arena for Game 5 of the playoff series against the Calgary Canucks. Game time is at 7:00 PM and tickets are available at http://tickets.drumhellerdragons.ca