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Lernout will join the Broncos tomorrow, but won’t play against the Blazers. The big defenceman will be re-united with Broncos F Denis Bosc with whom he has played summer hockey with for many years, trained with and played 6 games with for Steinbach in the MJHL last season. He also played with Brent Benson in Saskatoon before Benson got dealt to the Broncos. Hopefully that helps make this a quick transition for Lernout.
It’s interesting that the Broncos have been trying to add another D ever since they traded Graeme Craig to Saskatoon for Brent Benson… and they end up getting that defenceman from the Blades. You can essentially put the two trades together now as Craig and a 4th for Benson and Lernout. The 6’4 new addition also brings some of that size back that the Broncos lost by moving Craig.
This move had to be made at some point soon because Brycen Martin was going to be lost for two weeks to the U17 tournament at the end of December. The Broncos were also walking a tight rope where they could have been down to five defencemen with just one injury. This move gives them some depth and competition on the blue line again. Lernout also fits right into the cluster of young defencemen they are building with Heatherington, Zinkan, Martin and Gonek all either 17 or 16.
MYLAND CALLED UP
The other note from today is that G Landon Bow wasn’t able to practice and G Steve Myland has been called up from the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL. Myland just joined the Warriors in the last week after spending most of the season so far with the North Delta Devils of the Junior B PIJHL. In the PIJHL he had a 9-4 record with at 2.44 goals against average and 0.923 save percentage. The 18-year-old was part of the Cody Eakin deal and started last season with the Broncos before the Jon Groenheyde deal. Bow beat him out for the backup job this season in what was a really tough battle. Myland had a strong pre-season and should be a capable backup if called upon. It’s also a chance for him to show the team he would still deserve consideration for a spot here down the line.
The good thing about Myland’s new team is that he is in a great spot for re-call is the Broncos need him again later in the trip. Even if Bow is feeling better enough to play on the weekend, the Broncos may still need Myland when Eetu Laurikainen leaves after Saturday’s game to tryout for Finland’s World Junior Championship team.
Bow was hurt when Brandon forward Alessio Bertaggia ran into him on Saturday. He seems to be walking around OK but the injury is preventing him from moving the way he needs to on the ice. Hopefully it will clear up fast as the Broncos need him by next Tuesday or they will have to call a second goalie up from somewhere.
NO BRONCOS ON WORLD JUNIOR CAMP LIST
Canada released their list of players invited to World Junior camp today without a Bronco on it. Both Adam Lowry and Graham Black were part of the Subway Super Series roster but didn’t get the call this week. It’s I’m sure disappointing for them but both guys should hold their heads up high. The lockout helps make this one of the deepest Canadian teams in recent memory and it’s extremely hard to get that invite even in an average year. To even have your name talked about and to get invited to the Super Series games still says those guys are among the best players in their age group.
The Broncos start their BC road swing against Kamloops on Tuesday night. You can listen to The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM at 8:30pm Saskatchewan time.