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.