Broncos Director of Hockey Operations Jamie Porter:
The Swift Current Broncos took care of business quickly with first round pick Ben King. The Vernon, BC product has signed his WHL standard player’s agreement and is set for life as a Bronco. I had the chance to chat with Jamie Porter about that and what to expect from King. It sounds like things are progressing nicely with the other players and families from the draft. Getting King officially on board is a great start.
What an honour for the Elmwood Golf and Country Club! First a note that they are a sponsor of this blog and I always appreciate them making hosting the audio and all that kind of stuff possible with their support.
They are big Broncos fans over there too.
One thing Elmwood does better than almost any other place in Canada is run an active and fun junior program. I know it because my kids are in it. They’ve gone from never swinging a golf club a month ago to asking about it all the time. They’ve even now been given the honour as Future Links Facility of the Year. So what has caused this success? I asked Jeff Chambers from Elmwood about the history of their program, why it is so strong now and how to keep it growing.
Interview with Jeff Chambers:
The season is well underway at Elmwood and it’s exciting how close their renovations are to complete. This is already a great course but is going to be top notch. I can’t wait for the MNP Broncos Alumni Golf Tournament at Elmwood again this year on July 29th.
Draft day in the WHL saw the Broncos select eight players including two in the first round. Here is a collection of links and audio from the draft today. We are hoping to talk to more of the players in the coming days and weeks to give you an introduction to the future of the team.
After countless days and hours on the road the Swift Current Broncos scouting team will come together this week hoping to secure another big part of the organization’s future. Fo the second straight season the Broncos have two picks in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft. That gives them a big opportunity to set the table for a very promising future in an organization that took a significant step forward on the ice this season. What does this year’s draft look like? How important will it be to nail the first two picks with no selections in the 2nd, 4th or 5th rounds? I put those questions to Jamie Porter today.
Interview with Director of Hockey Operations Jamie Porter:
Picking in the middle of the draft with both selections you aren’t likely to find another prospect with the immediate pedigree of a Logan Barlage in that spot. Of course the Broncos got players like Tyler Steenbergen and Dillon Heatherington in the middle of the first round so you can still get elite talent there.
Porter is one of the longest serving head scouts in the WHL and his been down this road a number of times. It will be interesting to see if a new style of play under Manny Viveiros and his influence in the process will at all alter the type of player the Broncos target going forward. The draft is set for Thursday in Calgary and we will do our best to have it covered for you well on the radio and at Swift Current Online.
It was an awesome season for the Swift Current Broncos with as much excitement around this hockey team as I’ve seen in the last seven years. As the season developed you could tell the fanbase was growing fonder and fonder of the man guiding the ship. New Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros implement a faster, puck possession style and brought the Broncos to within a game of the Eastern Conference Final in the process. So how did he feel about his first year behind the bench in Swift Current? Here is our chat from last week…
Interview with Manny Viveiros:
I certainly enjoyed watching a Manny Viveiros coached team this year and he was first class to deal with all year. I can tell just talking to fans that people are confident and excited with him and the rest of the hockey operations team the Broncos have in place. Hopefully this year is just the start of something.
The work never stops in the WHL. Next up? Thursday’s WHL Bantam Draft and the Broncos have two more first round picks. It’s another opportunity to shape the future of this franchise. We’ll talk more about that here and at Swift Current Online before and on Thursday itself.
Jordan Papirny (Photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
Today the Broncos held their season ending meetings and packed up their lockers. It was a sudden and I’m sure sad day less than 24 hours removed from the high hopes of a Game 7 with a shot at the Eastern Conference final.
While the result of Game 7 was disappointing and not representative of how this team played all playoff, that was a terrific playoff run that inspired a new level of passion for the team in our community. I’m sure there has been this level of buy in and excitement in Swift Current before. I just haven’t seen it yet in my seven years here. It’s been a blast to be right in the middle of the excitement that has been the last few months.
Kudos to all the players, coaches, staff, volunteers, billets, fans, family, etc who made this season possible. It was a pleasure to be a small part of it. As unfortunate as it is that it had to end that way… it was the most fun I’ve had calling hockey in my career for sure. Thanks to all of you who made it that way!
We didn’t get a whole career in Swift Current with the 20-year-olds like we have in other years. There are only weeks and months of memories with Papirny, Lindren and Graham. They are still memories that will last a lifetime. All the best to those three terrific young men as they follow the next step of their dreams.