Post-Game Audio: Cougars 5 Broncos 3, Lamb Talks Honka

Broncos Cougars

Click here for my recap from Swift Current Online

Click here for my updated Honka story with Mark Lamb reaction

Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM

Post-Game with Associate Coach Josh Dixon

Pre-Game with Cougars Coach Mark Holick

Pre-Game with Broncos D Ayrton Nikkel

Pre-Game with Cougars President Greg Pocock

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (discusses Honka ruling)

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Broncos/Cougars Lineup

Travis Child gets the start tonight

Travis Child gets the start tonight

You can listen to tonight’s game live on The Eagle 94.1 FM and by clicking here for the live stream. Our broadcast is also a selectable feed on the WHL PPV.

BRONCOS LINEUP

LeSann/Cave/Gawdin
DeBrusk/Coda Gordon/Merkley
Andrew Johnson/Mackay/Schumacher
Odgers/Steenbergen/Leth

Heatherington/Martin
Lajoie/Lernout
Nikkel/Harris

Child
Bow

Scratches: Honka (deleted from roster), Shmoorkoff, Cole Johnson (inj), Leone, Jaydan Gordon

COUGARS

Erricson/Harkins/Witala
Morrison/Ross/Soltes
McAuley/Hopkins/Mrkonjic
Boyd/Yaremchuk/McDonald

McNulty/Carvalho
Olson/Tomchuk
Ruopp/Collins

Edmons
Grant

Scratches: Bobos, Macklin, Braid, Anderson, Grewal

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Broncos Lose Honka

Julius Honka (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Julius Honka (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Julius Honka won’t be back with the Swift Current Broncos this season.

The highly skilled first round pick of the Dallas Stars was assigned to their AHL team today.

Dallas was unable to return Honka to the Broncos because of an International Ice Hockey Federation ruling that Honka was on loan from his Finnish team to Swift Current and not property of the local WHL team.

That left Dallas with no choice but to keep Honka, demote him to the American Hockey League or send him back to Europe for the season.

Junior players drafted out of the WHL are typically not allowed to play in the AHL and are sent back to their WHL team if they don’t stick with their NHL team.

The circumstances of Honka’s deal with his Finnish team and the Broncos appear to have created an exception to that rule.

The loss of Honka opens the door for the Broncos to potentially add another import player in a trade. Teams are only allowed to employ two imports and Swift Current now only has forward Andreas Schumacher on their roster.

We will have more details during our broadcast of the Broncos game from Prince George tonight starting at 7:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

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Broncos trade Bevan for Nikkel, Lamb Interview

Ayrton Nikkel

Ayrton Nikkel

Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb talks trade

The Swift Current Broncos added some experience and toughness to their blueline yesterday in a deal for 19-year-old Ayrton Nikkel. They sent 18-year-old Cole Bevan and a 7th round pick to Saskatoon to make the deal happen in what was a house cleaning day for the Blades. Saskatoon moved out several veterans in responding to a slow start and Nikkel was part of that.

The deal makes sense for both teams as Swift Current gets an experienced hand who can add physicality and defensive skill to a deep defensive core, while Saskatoon gets an untested young player who was going to struggle to find ice time again this season thanks to that same deep group on Swift Current’s back end. Bevan was a captain in major midget and has proven he is a hard hitter. He was also very much valued as a good teammate. Other than that we don’t really yet know what he could be at the WHL level so a young Blades team gets an untested player they hope will develop.

Swift Current gets something you can never have enough of… veteran depth on defence. Nikkel is certainly well travelled since being drafted by the Blades in the second round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. He went to Brandon and Everett before returning to Saskatoon and now making the move to Swift Current. In that time the Kelowna product has logged some big minutes in most situations. We know what he is now. He’s a guy you can stick in your lineup in your top four comfortably and thanks to the depth in Swift Current he could an excellent third pairing option that would give the Broncos an edge on most other third pairings in the league.

Mark Lamb also feels there is untapped potential yet in Nikkel. He was a highly touted young player who has turned into a reliable and tough veteran. Lamb thinks there could be even more to him than that and an offensive side to his game that hasn’t been fully explored. We will start to get a look at that tonight in Prince George when Nikkel should be in the lineup for his debut.

This is a nice move for Swift Current. If they don’t end up getting Honka back (which we don’t know about yet) than I think they would have been maybe looking for an extra veteran and Nikkel more than takes care of that. Even if they do get him back is it ever a bad thing on a team that you hope is in the mix come playoff time to have veteran depth and more guys you rely on? Especially at the cost of a guy that frankly hasn’t been able to crack the lineup that much.

It’s a nice move for Bevan too because he is getting to the point in his career where he has to play and see what he can be. I hope he gets that chance and thrives in Saskatoon.

Our broadcast tonight from Prince George gets started at 7:30pm Saskatchewan time.

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Post-Game Audio: Wheat Kings 5 Broncos 2

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Max Lajoie (Photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)

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Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM

Post-Game with Broncos Associate Coach Josh Dixon and D Brett Lernout

Pre-Game with Broncos D Dillon Heatherington

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb

Pre-Game with Wheat Kings broadcaster Bruce Luebke

Pre-Game with Wheat Kings Coach/GM Kelly McCrimmon

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Broncos/Wheat Kings Lineups

Andrew Johnson (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Andrew Johnson (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

After a tough and sobering loss against the Edmonton Oil Kings last night, the Broncos are right back at it against a very skilled Brandon Wheat Kings squad. Brandon is undefeated so far this season and as dangerous a team as there is in the conference. This will be another big test for Swift Current as we see if they can bounce back from a turnover laden effort last night. Dillon Heatherington is back from NHL camp tonight and the Broncos also welcome Andrew Johnson back to the lineup for the first time since pre-season play. The overage situation has kept him out in favour of veteran defenceman Stepehn Shmoorkoff. Tonight Johnson reunites with Zac Mackay and Tanner LeSann in an attempt to re-create the success they had as a checking line last season.

BRONCOS LINEUPS

Schumacher/Cave/Coda Gordon
DeBrusk/Gawdin/Merkley
Andrew Johnson/Mackay/LeSann
Odgers/Steenbergen/Leth

Heatherington/Martin
Lajoie/Lernout
Jaydan Gordon/Harris

Bow
Child

Scratches: Honka (NHL), Shmoorkoff, Cole Johnson (inj), Leone, Bevan

WHEAT KINGS LINEUP

Bukarts/McGauley/Lisoway
Coulter/John Quenneville/Hawryluk
Gabrielle/Patrick/Peter Quenneville
Kitt/Lindgren/Shmyr

Provorov/Pilon
Waltz/Clague
Green/Pankewicz

Papirny
Thompson

Scratches: Taraschuk, Roy, Lewis, Kapsick, Nejezchleb (NHL), Lycar, Campbell, Matsuba, Mylcreest

Tonight’s game is live on The Eagle 94.1 FM at 6:30pm. It’s the final Broncos home game before a five game BC Division road swing.

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Post-Game Audio: Edmonton 5 Swift Current 1

Zac Mackay against the Oil Kings (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Zac Mackay against the Oil Kings (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Post-Game with Josh Dixon and Coda Gordon

Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM

Pre-Game with Oil Kings Coach Steve Hamilton

Pre-Game with Oil Kings broadcaster Corey Graham

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb

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