December 22, 2021
Even though the Drumheller Dragons are in the midst of the 2021-2022 season, they continue to look forward to the upcoming years.
On Friday night, the Dragons met with Keegan Beagle, a 16-year-old defenseman, to plan for him to join the team in the 2022-2023 season. Beagle, who currently plays with the U18 AAA Red Deer Optimist Chiefs, is excited to become a Dragon. “I’m very excited. I love the town of Drumheller and it’s a nice place to be.”
Beagle, who is from Rimbey, started playing hockey in Rimbey, played Pee Wee in Sylvan Lake, and then U16 in Red Deer for the North Stars. So far this season, Beagle has played 22 games with the Optimist Chiefs and has scored two goals and had 4 assists. He has also been called up to play for the Dragons for one game this year. Beagle shares that his skating skills are a big part of his game. “I would like to say one of my strong points is my skating and seeing lanes for passing.”
Beagle knows that he must continue to work hard to try to make the transition to Junior A next season. “I still have to keep working on all my stuff. I feel if I go to work this summer, and get better, I will be able to play here next year.” He also looks forward to being able to play in a small community as he resonates being a small town kid.
There is quite a bit of hockey skill in his family as his father, Chad, played Major Junior in Swift Current, and his brother, Keston, is currently a defenseman on the U16 AAA Red Deer North Stars.
– Jason Blanke