Kaelan Holt, Riley Stotts and Brandan Arnold all led the way with two points as Team White beat Team Blue 4-0 in the annual Swift Current Broncos intersquad game.
“Felt really good,” Arnold said. “We had a good team, all worked hard and it was a team effort today.”
It was largely a display of young talent with only a couple returning veterans in the lineup.
“These guys have made it tough on us,” said Broncos associate coach Ryan Smith. “The decisions that are going to be made in the next days are going to be tough. I really like our team. The whole organization has switched to a skilled speed game and I think you could see that in the game today.”
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You wouldn’t blame some Swift Current Broncos fans if they’re having flashbacks during training camp this weekend.
Longtime supporters couldn’t help but think about a different time in team history when a young man named Holt speeds towards a loose puck to create a scoring chance while another young man named Kruger patrols the crease.
It’s not Todd and Trevor anymore as their sons Kaelan Holt and Aidan Kruger are the next generation trying to find their own place in Broncos lore.
“Obviously he’s got a lot of history here,” Kaelan said. “He knows a lot of people. He’s pretty excited I think he was more nervous than me. People know me here because of my dad. It’s pretty cool.”
Todd Holt is the all-time leading scorer in Broncos history and a man who never says know when the alumni events come calling. He is very proud to see his son on the same ice he once skated.
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Riley Stotts (Photo by Jeff Miller/Mytoba.ca)
The Swift Current Broncos held their orientation camp for 2015 WHL Bantam Draft picks on Monday and Tuesday. I had a chance to chat with a few of them including first round pick Riley Stotts. You can hear those interviews bellow and click here for the story I did on them.
The Swift Current Broncos released their roster for training camp today. You can check out scrimmage at 4pm and 6pm at the Credit Union iPlex.
Training camp opens today and I had a chance to chat with Coach/GM Mark Lamb about fitness testing and the competitions he expects during camp. It was no surprise that he figured the most intense competition would be for spots on D with all the talent they have back there and the most opportunity exists in the battle for spots up front.
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On-ice sessions start Thursday with scrimmages at 4pm and 6pm every day until Saturday.
The Blue and White game is Sunday afternoon at 1pm with money raised going towards Firststart Swift Current.
Zac Mackay (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
This has been too long in coming. I had a chance to chat with Zac shortly after he decided to end his WHL career. Things kept coming up and now with training camp a few days away it seemed like a good time to revisit (click here for my article) the fact that for the first time in half a decade he won’t be on the ice at the Credit Union iPlex.
Zac played a role and played it well with the Broncos while being a tremendous ambassador for the team as well. He was a star in minor hockey and one of the best pitchers in the province on top of that. He certainly earned some time off after providing lots of entertainment to the sports community here over the years. It’ll be weird to see camp start up on Wednesday without him.
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Interview with Calvin Spencer (Download):
In case you missed it the Broncos picked Spencer up last week in a deal with Seattle. Calvin and the Broncos report to camp on Wednesday. It should be a very interesting camp with a lot of openings. There will be games to watch Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4pm and 6pm.