Drumheller, AB - The Drumheller Dragons are excited to announce that 20 year-old defenseman Aiden Yakimchuk has committed to Lindenwood University for the 2021-2022 season. The Lions play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA Men’s Division 1) and are based out of St Charles, Missouri.
The Lions finished 2020-21 with an overall record of 15 wins and 1 loss, capturing their fourth straight Conference championship. Lindenwood University Men’s Hockey is set to join the NCAA Division I ranks for the 2022/23 season.
Yakimchuk is playing in his fourth Alberta Junior Hockey League season, playing his 17-year-old year with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and the last three seasons with the Drumheller Dragons. The 6’4 defenceman from Edmonton, AB has played in 149 games and scored 6 goals and 29 assists for a total of 35 points. Yakimchuk is enjoying his most offensive season to date scoring 2 goals and adding 4 assists in 10 games played.
“Aiden is a reliable two-way defenseman that plays in all situations.” says Coach Kevin Hasselberg. “Aiden is a player that studies the game extensively and has committed himself to his team, teammates and his personal development. He has developed his leadership skills and represents the team and the League with integrity, composure, and class. We are very fortunate to have Aiden play three full seasons as a Dragon and look forward to watching his development over the course of his college career.”
The Drumheller Dragons would like to thank the Lindenwood University coaching staff and Head Coach Rick Zombo for all their recruiting efforts and invested time following Aiden. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Kyle Chase for his assistance in this recruiting process. On behalf of the Drumheller Dragons, we would like to congratulate Aiden and his entire family and support team, with this accomplishment and wish you continued success in your academic and athletic pursuits while attending Lindenwood University.