Jake DeBrusk (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
A busy week in Broncos land as the team passed 1650 season tickets for at least the first time since I’ve been here. Hopefully they can get to 1700 today that would be great. It’s only going to get busier with a game in Saskatoon today, hosting Kootenay in the home opener tomorrow and a trip to Moose Jaw for a Thanksgiving Sunday afternoon tilt.
Here’s a taste of some stuff that has been going on this week.
15 former Swift Current Broncos are playing for Canada West schools this season including Graeme Craig (AB), Adam Rossignol (BC), Coda Gordon (CAL), Ryan Graham (CAL), Jordan Papirny (CAL), Jay Merkley (LET), Ryon Moser (LET), Connor Sanvido (LET), Calvin Spencer (MAN), Ryley Lindgren (MR), Austin Adamson (MR), Jamal Watson (MR), Christian Magnus (REG), Brody Luhning (REG) and Andrew Johnson (SASK)
Riley Stotts (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
A great week for Tyler Steenbergen got even better as in addition to the WHL Player of the Week he is also the CHL Player of the Week. If Swift Current’s top line keeps producing close to the level it has to start the season this won’t be the last award for someone from that group.
Also this week NHL Central Scouting released a list of 108 players to watch for the 2018 NHL Draft. Riley Stotts and Max Patterson are both rated as ‘C’ level prospects on the list. This is just the beginning of the draft process and a lot can change before June. It’s good to see both guys are at least on the radar.
Sounds like season ticket sales are continuing strong with a Friday deadline to see if we can hit 1700. They’re around 1630 so that’s really only 35 more pairs of tickets and one lucky fan will win their seat for life. Either way we are going to have a great start towards bigger crowds all season long. Kudos to Broncos fans for stepping up after a great season to reward the team with additional support already.
It’s a busy weekend coming up with games in Saskatoon on Friday, the home opener set for Saturday against Kootenay and a road trip to Moose Jaw on Sunday afternoon. We’ll have all the games for you on The Eagle 94.1 FM with Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey.
Tyler Steenbergen (Photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
Two fantastic games landed Tyler Steenbergen the WHL Player of the Week Award.
Steenbergen scored six times and had three assists in games against Regina and Brandon last week.
He combined with Glenn Gawdin and Aleksi Heponiemi for 24 points in those two games. The line picked up their chemistry where they left off after playing together last season.
“We took full advantage of it in these first three games building off of last year,” Steenbergen said. “We played together pretty much the whole second half. It was unbelievable getting (Gawdin) back. I thought he should have had a pro chance. It’s awesome having him back and he’s the juggernaut in our line and he’s what gets us going. Heponiemi is an awesome playmaker. I can’t thank them enough for getting me the puck and hopefully it keeps rolling this way.”
Tyler Steenbergen (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
Tyler Steenbergen struck four times as the Swift Current Broncos top line continued a dominant start in a 7-2 win over Brandon.
Steenbergen, Glenn Gawdin and Aleksi Heponiemi have now combined for 29 points in the first three games of the season.
Swift Current got off to a hot start with five goals in the first period.
“We certainly wanted to get the jump on them they played last night,” said Broncos Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros. “We wanted to come out and try to use our speed against them early in the game. It seemed like everything we threw at them in the first period went in. It was not the fault of their goaltender we scored some pretty nice goals in that first period.”
That’s the basic gist of the stories from the last couple weeks. Like I said in the comments bellow I’m still trying to figure out what the role is for this blog given most of what we write should be on Swift Current Online or in small bits on Twitter. I got some requests to have some of that stuff shared here so maybe double posting with links is the way to go I don’t know. I renewed the cost of audio storage for another year so at least the archive is there and there’s some room to post some new stuff.
Here are a couple (not all) of the interviews we’ve done over the past two weeks that may be of interest to people…
Sept 27 Post-Game w/ associate coach Ryan Smith:
Sept 26 interview with Broncos chairman Trent McCleary:
Sept 26 interview with G Logan Flodell:
Sept 26 interview with G Joel Hofer:
Sept 20 interview with Blades GM Colin Priestner:
Sept 20 interview with Broncos Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros:
Sept 21 Broncos season preview podcast:
Our broadcast from Brandon gets started tonight at 6pm Saskatchewan time with puck drop at 6:30pm. Have a great weekend!
Colby Sissons (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
The Broncos are set for a home-and-home with Lethbridge this weekend. That’s tonight in Lethbridge and Sunday in Swift Current at Fairview West Arena. This weekend also marks our first broadcasts of the season for Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM.