September 15, 2009 – The Drumheller Dragons would like to congratulate Justin Tateson on his recent verbal commitment to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the 2011-12 season.
Tateson, a 1991-born, 6’3”, 190 pound defenceman from Scandia, Alberta, recently entered his first season with the Dragons. Last season, he was named the Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Big Country Energy Service Tigers.
Tateson joins a prestigious line of players who have graduated from the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Drumheller Dragons program to become UAF Nanooks. He follows Brandon and Dion Knelsen to Fairbanks, both of whom are AJHL and Dragons alumni entering their Senior year this season.
“I’m thrilled to become a part of the Nanooks tradition,” comments Tateson. “UAF, like the Dragons, place a strong emphasis on hard work and attention to detail, and I’m grateful to both organizations for their support and guidance as I pursue my dream of becoming an NCAA hockey player.”
Dragons’ Assistant General Manager and Associate Coach, Jon Armbruster, adds, “Justin is extremely deserving of this honour. He is a gifted hockey player and, more importantly, a quality individual. We’re happy to be a small part of his evolution as a hockey player and look forward to watching his continued growth first hand as he pursues his academic and athletic goals.”
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