After a 139-game Western Hockey League career that took him from Victoria, B.C., to the Land of Living Skies, Kimberley native Isaac Schacher is making one more stop in his final year of junior eligibility.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound defenceman was an odd man out in Saskatoon following training camp this fall as the Blades opted to form a 20-year-old contingent featuring left wing Travis Zajac, right wing Connor Gay and defenceman Mitch Wheaton.
Upon being released, Schacher quickly caught on with the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), where he’s made his presence felt through 11 games, tallying five goals and eight points.
“The fan support has been unreal, the city is really nice,” Schacher told Nathan Crosby of 99.5 DRUM FM radio back in October. “I just want to keep building off of it. Hopefully the team keeps building.”
As of Nov. 2, Schacher and the Dragons sit fifth in the AJHL’s eight-team Viterra South Division, having registered a record of 9-9-1 through 19 games.
The Dragons split a pair of weekend games to end the month of October, doubling the Okotoks Oilers 4-2 Friday night, before falling to the Olds Grizzlys 5-2 on Saturday.
Schacher was busy over the weekend, tallying two goals Friday and adding another Saturday evening.
The Kimberley native isn’t the only player with local ties supplying talent to the Dragons this season.
Former Kootenay Ice forward Ryan Chynoweth made the move to Drumheller following a 218-game WHL career.
In 13 games, Chynoweth has posted 11 goals and 17 points.
The Dragons open the month of November with a trio of home games, hosting the Lloydminster Bobcats (Nov. 4), Calgary Mustangs (Nov. 6) and Canmore Eagles (Nov. 7) at the Drumheller Memorial Arena this week.