The Canmore Eagles brought in a new Defenceman to the fold late last week. Added to the roster is Drae Gardiner. Drae is 18 years old, he is from Calgary, AB and he joins the team after spending the last 1 ½ seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Moose Jaw Warriors. In 54 games with the Warriors, Gardiner recorded 1 goal and 7 points.
He made his Eagles debut last Friday night in Okotoks and he has already played 3 games as an Eagle.
“Drae is good friends with a number of players on our team,” said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne. “He is a very skilled smooth D-man that can play in both ends. He will fit in very well with our group.?
Eagles Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager Evan McFeeters also spoke on the team?s newest addition saying, ?Drae is a player that checks off a lot of boxes that we look for in a Defenceman. His best asset is his ability to transition the puck. He is a mobile skater, possesses good vision and advances the puck to our forwards well. He?s going to improve our team’s ability to play with possession. Since he?s arrived we have learned that he is competitive and battles with intensity.?
The Calgary Buffaloe Minor Hockey Association product is very excited to be joining the Eagles organization. ?It?s pretty awesome, you know it?s fun being here and it?s fun being in the mountains,” said Gardiner. “Everyone here is very welcoming and it?s been really fun so far.?
When asking Gardiner about the type of game he plays, he answered saying, ?I?m very offensive. I like to get up in the play with the forwards. I like to be part of the goals. I think I bring an aspect of offence to the team and I think I can really help the team win some games here. I think we have great potential here, a very skilled team.”
The Eagles were one of several Junior A teams who were interested in acquiring Gardiner. In order to make room for Gardiner, the Eagles have moved 18-year-old rookie Defenceman Sam Witt to the Melfort Mustangs in exchange for future considerations.
The Canmore Eagles thank Sam Witt for his contributions to the team on and off the ice and wish him all the best in Melfort.