Broncos Off Ice News

Dwight Yoakam

The Swift Current Broncos have a lot of plans for this season. It’s obvious from some of the things on the horizon that the organization is concentrating on making game night more of an event and on continuing to produce other big events for the community.

It starts with a couple of big concerts in September.

They’re bringing Trooper to the Credit Union iPlex  for the Broncos home opener. We all know about their connection to the team as they’ve come out to “Boys in the Bright White Sports Car” for most of their existence. It should be a fun show and maybe we’ll even see Trooper at the game itself.

It sounds like in general the home opener is going to be a huge party. That’s how it should be. Season ticket holders had first access to tickets. They go on sale to everyone on Monday.

Before that the Broncos are teaming up with the Living Sky Casino to start what could be a new tradition in Swift Current… the Autumn Fun Festival.

What better way to start a tradition than with a country music legend in Dwight Yoakam? I’m not going to pretend I’m a big country music fan or expert, but even I know who he is. He’s a movie star and a man with a huge catalogue of songs to perform for his fans in the southwest.

He’s the main act for what should be a very cool outdoor concert in the parking lot of the Swift Current Mall. As far as I’m concerned the more outdoor festivals the better! The reaction to the announcement has been really strong so I expect tickets to go fast.

What else do they have planned? They released their promotional schedule for 2012-13. Weiner Wednesday is back! Thank goodness. There’s a change to the Tuesday promotion this year in that it’s only Toonie Beers… but that’s still cheaper than drinking at home. Take a look and mark down some of the games on the calendar.

When you combine the promotional plans with the way the new big screen clock will change the game presentation… it will be a different and I hope even more exciting experience at the arena this season. Hopefully I can contribute in some way to what they end up doing with that big screen.

A couple of other notes…

  • My condolences to the family of Cliff Wright. He passed away after a motorcycle crash in between Nelson and Castlegar, BC earlier this week. Having driven that highway quite often I know it can be sadly unforgiving. Wright was a major supporter of local sports in the area and used to drive the bus for the Broncos, Indians and many others. He was co-owner of Sun West Coach and from all accounts a great guy. It’s a very sad story and certainly caused immediate reaction from some in the community.
  • The Thanks to an early harvest, there’s still room in the 4th Annual Bill Lee Family PAR 3 Golf Tournament at the Elmwood on Friday. It’s a fundraiser for the 4-Broncos Memorial scheduled to be built at the site of the 1986 bus crash. There is a shotgun start at 1pm. Call Bill at 741-2855.
  • The schedule for training camp is out. Click here for that.
  • The Broncos Min-Sota Hockey School wraps up tomorrow after what has been a very busy week. Guys like Jordan Peddle, Christian Magnus, Adam Smith, Bobby Zinkan, Steven Myland, Zac Mackay and Jordan Wittman have been helping out. There are a few Wildcats there too I think. I’m sure I missed somebody. Kudos to everyone involved led by Darren Evjen. They’ve really brought the camp up a notch and it’s to the point now where the camp is packed with aspiring young stars getting a chance to learn from some of their heroes. It’s good to see.

Zac Mackay helps kids with a shooting drill (Photo from @SCBroncos on Twitter)

The season is around the corner. The great thing about junior hockey for fans? No labour negotiations. Thank god for that.

About shawnmullin

Play by Play Broadcaster for the WHL's Swift Current Broncos on 94.1 FM The Eagle.
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