Elder fights Higson (photo by Dawin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
Post-Game Saturday with Ryan Smith, Jake Fletcher and Calvin Spencer:
Highlights of Saturday’s 5-4 OT loss to the Blades:
Intermission with Blades managing partner Colin Priestner:
Saturday pre-game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
Saturday pre-game with Broncos F Conner Chaulk:
Friday post-game Coach’s show with Jamie Heward:
Friday pre-game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
Friday pre-game with Broncos F Tyler Steenbergen:
Cory Millette and Justin Gutierrez each scored twice as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat Swift Current 6-2 in WHL pre-season action on Sunday night.
“It was pretty clear from the scoreboard they outplayed us and outworked us,” said Broncos associate coach Ryan Smith. “They played to win we played like it was a Sunday night rec game. It was disappointing to see the effort from our guys. We thought we might build on Friday but we failed to do that.”
The Broncos got goals from Cavin Leth and Calvin Spencer in a losing cause.
After a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes on Friday they weren’t careful enough with the puck back home on Sunday.
“We turned the puck over,” Smith said. “Every goal that they got was breakaways, turned the puck over in front of our net, passing blindly… four of their six goals were just simple us giving them great opportunities. Defensively we were careless with the puck.”
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Interview with Broncos associate coach Ryan Smith:
Interview with Broncos F Brendan Holterhus:
Travis Child (photo from scbroncos.com)
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Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
Brendan Holterhus (photo from scbroncos.com)
The Swift Current Broncos have started dealing with that depth they have on the blue line today by trading former third round bantam pick Matthew Parsons to the Vancouver Giants for forward Brendan Holterhus.
Click here for our story from Swift Current Online
Holterhus is a year older and an undrafted forward who has impressive size. He’s listed at 6’4 and over 200lbs by Elite Prospects. Last season he split time between the Giants (0 points in 16 games) and Spruce Grove of the AJHL where he had 12 points in 23 games. That’s the second move for a forward with size that Mark Lamb has made in the last month or so. The Broncos are hoping there is some untapped potential here. Realistically it appears it’s a trade where two teams were not going to be able to find full-time roles for these players due to depth at their respective positions. One of those hockey trades that appears to make sense for both clubs while the players involves are both clearly still question marks long term.
Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
Parsons doubled his point totals in midget from 7 as a rookie to 14 last season. He certainly has the tools to be a WHL defenceman but at this point wasn’t going to clear the depth chart here. They need bodies up front more than they need bodies on D. The Broncos also could use some size up front. Holterhus will provide the size the question is to what degree will he play a physical game? Coach Lamb says they scout him as being a pretty good skater and he did put some points up in Junior A. He also went from 3 points as a midget rookie to 29 in 35 games as a 16-year-old so we could be seeing a later bloomer her.
The depth chart still isn’t cleared out on D and the Broncos probably haven’t really addressed their top six yet as they want to. That means you should expect them at at least try to make another move or two.
The other big news today is that Rogers Hometown Hockey will be coming to Swift Current in January. You can see our story on that here and the Broncos’ story on it here.
Kade Jensen (photo from scbroncos.com)
I’ve talked to a lot of people so far throughout training camp and pre-season who have been impressed with what veteran defenceman Kade Jensen brings to the table for Swift Current. If he lives up to the impression he has left on some of the fans here he could be an absolute steal. Another sign that he is the real deal? The Chicago Blackhawks have invited him back to main camp after being impressed with him at their summer development camp. After Saturday’s loss to Medicine Hat I had a chance to chat with Kade about his experience so far in Swift Current and what’s coming in Chicago.
Interview with Kade Jensen:
The experience Jake DeBrusk (Boston), Glenn Gawdin (St. Louis), Landon Bow (Anaheim) and Jensen will get at NHL camps should be very valuable in preparing them for a season as veteran leaders on this Broncos club. We are talking about four of the most important players in determining how far Swift Current will go this season. It’s good to see that NHL teams have bought into them the same way.
It’s worth noting that Dillon Heatherington and Brett Lernout are both technically still eligible to be back here so they would be the 5th and 6th Broncos to attend an NHL camp this fall. That said it is highly unlikely either would be back here after they both signed pro contracts and are eligible for the AHL.
Up next is an exhibition game in Lethbridge on Friday and a home game against Regina on Sunday.
Our broadcast schedule starts with the home and home against Saskatoon to wrap up the pre-season.
Another note the Legionnaires are putting on a charity BBQ on Sunday before their pre-season game later that day at Fairview West. It’s a good cause and a chance to meet the team. Good things are happening with that program. I think in the long term it’s going to be really positive there.
Conner Chaulk (photo from scbroncos.com)
The Broncos announced they’ve inked Conner Chaulk and Owen Blocker to WHL standard player agreements. They’re both at very different stages of their development given they’re three years apart, but both players could be very important to the Broncos going forward. You can click here for my article on it.
Mark Lamb Interview on Chaulk, Blocker & more:
Riley Stotts (photo from scbroncos.com)
The Swift Current Broncos have secured a piece of their future by signing 2015 first round bantam draft pick Riley Stotts to a WHL standard player agreement.
“It sure is (a relief),” said Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb. “He’s a special player that we took 10th overall and we really need him in this organization. He’s a gamebreaker and a great skater. We’re very happy to get him signed.”
In 29 games, Stotts had 39 goals and 29 assists with the Winnipeg AAA Bantam Monarchs last season.
Click here for our full article on Swift Current Online
Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb on Stotts:
Coach Lamb told me last night he hopes to get Stotts into some games during the pre-season. That could come as soon as Saturday against Medicine Hat if it all lines up properly. This is great news for the club as they’ve locked up a player who should be their next generation #1 centre. I look forward to seeing his career evolve.