Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
HomeVisit UsMine HistorySchoolsSpecial EventsTunnel VisionAtlas Coal Mine National Historic Site - Drumheller School Field Trips
Special Events

History & Hat Tricks

The Atlas Coal Mine and Drumheller Dragons are hosting a tribute game to honour the rich sports culture in the Drumheller Valley. Face-off is at 2pm on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at the Drumheller Memorial Arena when the Dragons take on the Calgary Canucks. Tickets will be available at the door and pricing information can be found online here.

Drumheller's mines, and the men who toiled the black, produced over 60 million tonnes of coal between 1911 and 1979; coal that heated our nation's homes, cooked its food, and made possible the development of Western Canada. Miners needed a distraction from the danger they faced every time they stepped foot into the "belly of the beast". And, this distraction was the vibrant sports culture here in the Valley hockey in particular.

The senior men's team, the Drumheller Miners, produced some of the best talent hockey has ever seen. "Many NHL greats, like the Bentley brothers and Jack Evans, got their start on our ice. In 1967 the Miners brought the first Canadian title to the Valley by winning the prestigious Allan Cup. Soon after, the team was selected to represent Canada on a European tour for the Ahearne Cup" states Jay Russell, Curator at the Atlas. The Dragons also boast an impressive resume, the most recent success being their 2013-2014 division title. Fans are encouraged to attend the tribute game sporting the Dragon's orange and the black and white of the Miners.

"This game launches the year we celebrate the way sports can shape a community", says Visitor Services Manager at the Atlas, Jenn Balderston. The event includes activities for families an hour before the game and a prize draw for a Schinny Design goalie mask. Prize draw tickets are $5 per name entry and Executive Director at the Atlas, Julia Fielding, states that "all funds raised will go towards the Atlas Coal Mine's capital campaign: Tunnel Vision, which is currently working to preserve Canada's last standing wooden coal tipple (processing plant)". The game will also host the video premier of a short film about the Dragons and Miners, created by Smoke Signal Media out of Rosebud, Alberta.

"Hockey wasn't just a game for the residents of the Valley, it was a way of life together, let's celebrate our hockey past, present, and future." - BALDERSTON

History and Hat Tricks

Fun & Fascinating National Historic Site
Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Box 521, 110 Century Dr.
East Coulee, Alberta, Canada
T0J 1B0

Phone (403) 822-2220
Fax 822-2225

© Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site