Broncos/Warriors lineup

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Lane Pederson (photo by Marc Smith)

Listen live with Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM at 6:30 pm

BRONCOS LINEUP

Tristen Elder/Arnold/Kaden Elder
Miller/Stotts/Spencer
Baker/Blocker/Mole
Johnson/Adams

Stanley/Minulin
Jensen/Khaira
King/Schmiemann

Burman
Brkin

Scratches: Child, Sissons (NHL), Lajoie (NHL), Gawdin (NHL), Steenbergen, Pederson (NHL), Heponiemi, Chaulk

WARRIORS LINEUP

Popugaev/Halbgewachs/Watts
Burzan/Langan/Bowen
Kaluski/Petruic/Odgers
Smithies/Wood/Quinney

Sozanski/Thrower
Paradis/Brook
Gardiner/Woo

Evanoff
Tucker

Scratches: Sawchenko (NHL), Wilms (NHL), Zaitsev (NHL), Armstrong, Jeannot (NHL), Howden (NHL), Gregor (NHL)

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Post-Game Audio: Broncos 4 Raiders 2

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Kaden Elder (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)

Post-Game with Broncos F Kaden Elder (sorry for the audio quality we will attempt to clean this up for future bench interviews):

Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM:

Pre-Game with Broncos F Owen Blocker:

Pre-Game with Raiders Head Coach Marc Habscheid:

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros:

Pre-Game with Raiders broadcaster Drew Wilson:

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The Eagle 94.1 releases Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey Radio Schedule

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Mike Saretsky, Kent Robertson & I

The tradition continues on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

The home of Swift Current sports is once again proudly the radio home of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos.

Our broadcast schedule gets started with coverage of the final two pre-season games on September 16th when the Broncos host Prince Albert and September 17th when they visit Moose Jaw.

We will also bring you coverage of all 72 regular season games and every Broncos playoff game.

“It’s an honour and privilege to call the action for a franchise that has meant so much to southwest Saskatchewan,” said play-by-play broadcaster Shawn Mullin. “Broncos fans are among the most passionate and supportive in the WHL. We are thrilled to be able to keep them up to date with their team every step of the way.”

This season we are thrilled to welcome Robertson Family Group as the title sponsor for our radio broadcasts.

“Robertsons has always been committed to making the communities we serve the best places to live, work and play,” said Eagle 94.1 General Manager Mike Saretsky. “They are an obvious partner for our coverage of the Broncos.”

Visit http://www.robertsonfamilygroup.com/ for more details on their services.

Every Broncos broadcast starts with our pre-game show thirty minutes before game time that includes interviews with players, coaches and other media sources getting you set for that night’s game.

Our Klassen Autobody post-game show then wraps up all the action and gets some insight into what happened that night from the Broncos themselves.

If you missed the broadcast you can always check Swift Current Online for up to date results and listen to our morning sports casts for audio from the night before.

Our broadcasts wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Broncos and all our sponsors.

There is a lot of excitement about the Broncos with some new faces, a new coach and strong results in the pre-season. We can’t wait for the puck to drop.

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Zack Smith Interview

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Zack Smith chats with Eagle 94.1 morning man Ken Audette

Interview with Ottawa Senators F Zack Smith:

I had the chance to chat with former Broncos captain Zack Smith this week before he headed back to Ottawa for another NHL season with the Senators. He’s fresh off a career high 25 goals but preparing for another new coaching staff in Ottawa. It looks like this season he will be playing more of a shut down role for Ottawa and he can certainly deliver in that capacity. They’re lucky to have a player they can slot in almost any position and know he will deliver.

Smith also skated some with the Broncos recently and had good things to say about the talent he saw in the organization.

The Broncos play a home-and-home with Lethbridge this weekend starting tonight in Lethbridge. Tomorrow’s game at the Credit Union iPlex will be the first of the pre-season in Swift Current. David from our newsroom will be delivering excellent coverage of that game for you at Swift Current Online so check that out. I’m taking off tonight for one last family weekend at Cypress Hills before my wife and kids have to put up with seven months of hockey weekends! I hope you and yours have a good weekend and I’ll have some follow up from the weekend in a few days.

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Broncos Rebuilding?

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Glenn Gawdin (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)

I have heard a curious thing listening in and reading some things around the WHL this pre-season. More often than I would expect I’ve heard that the Swift Current Broncos are a rebuilding team. I’m not singling anyone out saying this it’s something I’ve heard in more than a few places and it struck me as a bit curious.

Now I do somewhat understand how someone could have that perception. A team that missed the playoffs, brings in a new coach/director of player personnel, shakes up their management and has a nice crew of high end prospects feels like they’re rebuilding. It’s obviously exciting to see the skill of the 2000 and 2001 born players and to start imagining how good those future Broncos teams could be. It’s also I think unfair to the current roster.

Last season the Broncos employed a defensive group without a true veteran. Jordan Harris was the closest they had except that his injuries not only limited the experience he had over his career but also ended his season early. Once he went down it was a group of 17 and 18-year-olds with probably the least experience of any defensive group in the WHL. That’s rebuilding.

Last season the Broncos had a roster that was basically half rookies and ended the season with only five players over the age of 18. That’s rebuilding.

This season? They return five defencemen who are all 18 or 19-years-old to create the core of what should be one of the deepest group on the back end in the league. The only guys they’re missing from last season played bottom pairing minutes. No returning veteran is even going to have to increase their role… they just have to improve on what they have experience doing.

This season they have the option of keeping a tandem of 19-year-old goaltenders who have a combined 129 games of WHL experience.

This season they could return as many as twelve forwards who played games for them last season with at last three established 20 goal scorers at the WHL level in Glenn Gawdin, Tyler Steenbergen and Lane Pederson.

The Broncos in theory could have as many as 20 guys on their roster this season that played some time with the team in 2015-16. Since final buzzer in March the only players they have officially lost are the three graduating overages, veteran two-way D like Jordan Harris and Jaydan Gordon, along with a couple of guys they took late chances on in Gustav Olhaver and Austin Adamson. There are 12 players on the current roster who are at least 19. This is not a group of wet behind the ears rooks.

Now the door is still open for change. One of the veteran netminders could get moved to make room for some youth in the crease, but the Broncos would still at least have one veteran back there. A couple of older forwards might not stick around so the Broncos can find spots for exciting young players like Aleksi Heponiemi, Riley Stotts, Tanner Mole, Josh Baker, Owen Blocker or Quinton Waitzner. Even if several of those six young rookies and an older rookie like Ryan Sokoloski makes the team it’s still a relatively experienced group overall. When your 1-2 punch up the middle (assuming it’s Gawdin and Pederson) could have a combined 335 WHL games under their belt and are both off to NHL camps this fall you aren’t exactly starting from scratch.

Is this team a championship contender? No one is saying that at this stage. Without any recent history to even hint at that it would be irresponsible to suggest it. However, when I hear the words rebuilding I think of a woefully inexperienced group without high end veteran talent and lacking depth. Those can be exciting teams to watch when you pass the torch to a crew of youngsters and watch as they go through the roller coaster of their early days. I just don’t think that’s what we’re looking at here. I think you could legitimately make team MVP predictions for at least six guys on this roster. There’s talent here and it’s not all 16 or 17.

This isn’t my effort to set high expectations. I don’t know what to expect. The Broncos have a new coach, they are going to have some new players in key roles and there are still lots of question marks. But rebuilding? Not this group. They’re not looking two or three years down the road. That future may be bright but no one is looking beyond what they could accomplish now. The WHL East Division may be as tough this year as I’ve ever seen it and yet the Broncos should be right in that mix every night.

Agree? Disagree? I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

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Post-Game Audio: Broncos 7 Warriors 6 (OT)

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Lane Pederson (photo by Marc Smith)

Interview with Broncos F Lane Pederson:

Interview with Broncos Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros:

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Post-Game Audio: Broncos 6 Pats 1

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Interview with F Aleksi Heponiemi:

Interview with assistant coach Jamie Heward:

The Broncos are back at it in Regina Friday and Saturday afternoon. Both games are set for 3pm. They play Saskatoon Friday and Moose Jaw on Saturday. Swift Current doesn’t play a home pre-season game until Saturday the 10th against Lethbridge.

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