The Swift Current Broncos return from the holiday break with an extra piece in their lineup. They’ve added veteran defenceman Griffin Foulk from Lethbridge for a conditional 8th round 2016 bantam draft pick. This move is similar to the addition of Linden Penner before the holiday break. Lethbridge had just sent Foulk back home to Colorado before the Christmas break but appeared to have retained his rights. Like Penner I would guess that it didn’t make sense for the Hurricanes to devote too many minutes to a 19-year-old stay at home defenceman when they appear to be out of the playoff picture and are better off playing their young guys as much as possible.
For Foulk this is again similar to the situation Penner found himself in. He’s on his fourth WHL team and at 19 is going to have to make this opportunity count. It comes about because Dillon Heatherington is away at World Juniors (+1 with 2 shots and a penalty in an 8-0 win over Slovakia yesterday) and Jordan Harris is week to week with an upper body injury. The Broncos could have called up another rookie I suppose, but with tough games against Regina, Red Deer, Edmonton and Medicine Hat coming up I suspect they prefer to add some experience. Foulk is going to have to come in here and eat some legitimate minutes against very good teams. If he can do that the door could be very much open for him even when Heatherington and Harris are back.
Careers are made in situations like this. It’s a low risk move by the Broncos and Foulk should be very motivated to make the most out of it.
The 6’1 and nearly 200lbs defenceman has been playing junior hockey since he was 16 in the USHL. His rights were traded to Everett from Edmonton in the Tyler Maxwell deal before he’d even played a game in the WHL. He only spent 14 games with the Silvertips before they sent him to Seattle for a 4th round draft pick. Early last season Foulk was again on the move as Seattle used him as the bait to acquire veteran Adam Henry. The regular take on him appears to be that he is a good skater who can play a physical game. There hasn’t been much offence to his game to this point and playing on a Lethbridge team that was bleeding goals in his time there certainly doesn’t make his +/- look good. However, that’s a team influenced stat and it’s hard to know by that number how he would do when placed in a tighter defensive system like the one the Broncos play. Especially when he was a plus player in his time with Everett and Seattle.
Foulk also isn’t scared to drop the gloves. He has eight career fights and you can check them out on his Hockey Fights profile page.
One of the greatest Swift Current Broncos to ever lace up the skates has been made a member of the Order of Canada. Sheldon Kennedy isn’t receiving the honour for all his accomplishments on the ice, including the 1989 Memorial Cup with the Broncos, but for what he has done for the victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Kennedy turned the abuse he suffered at the hands of former coach Graham James into a lifetime devoted to helping those who have faced similar abuse… and working towards preventing it. He is making a difference in thousands of lives while consistently raising awareness to a cause that needs as much attention as we can give it.
We are headed back to the rink tonight as the Broncos host the Regina Pats to start a home and home series this weekend. Swift Current has four games coming up in five days in what will be a very tough stretch after some nice time off. This is the only home game in that stretch and with friends/family back home for the holidays I’m hoping it’s a packed house with a loud crowd for this great rivalry.
Our broadcast starts at 6:30pm with our pre-game show on The Eagle 94.1 FM.