The Swift Current Broncos pulled off a tremendous victory in a seven game war with Moose Jaw in the first round. They are now making their first trip to the second round of the WHL playoffs since 2008. Their opponent? The top ranked team in the CHL from Regina. I had the chance to chat with both coaches before the series gets underway tonight.
Lane Pederson converts a Riley Stotts pass (photo by Marc Smith for DiscoverMooseJaw.com)
The Swift Current Broncos are now a win away from advancing to the second round of the WHL playoffs after a 2-1 win in game five. They’ve stolen two games in Moose Jaw and if they can hold home ice tonight they can deliver a six game series win. In the last hour the Broncos have announced that game six is sold out so it should be another outstanding crowd and great atmosphere at the Credit Union iPlex. Great job, Swift Current! Broncos fans have been awesome all series both at home and on the road. If you don’t have a ticket we will bring the game to you on The Eagle 94.1 FM with Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey at 6:30pm.
Between Swift Current Online, the Broncos official website and our radio partners at Discover Moose Jaw we have had a lot of material to look at this week leading up to the start of the Swift Current/Moose Jaw first round series. I figured I would put it all in one place here to make browsing easier!
Our broadcast of Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey starts at 6:30pm tonight on The Eagle 94.1 FM. Get your ticket for games 3 and 4 in Swift Current at scbroncos.com as The Stable won’t be physically open this weekend and those tickets will go fast. We’re almost there!
Glenn Gawdin (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
The excitement is building for Game 1 of the WHL first round playoff series between the Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors. I sat down with Swift Current Online reporters David Zammit and Klarke Braaten for a conversation on our expectations for the series.
So what is your take on the series? I ran a poll on twitter where the majority response had the Broncos taking the series in 6 or 7 games. That’s from a more Bronco-centric audience of course. It all gets started tomorrow night at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw. We’ve got it live for you with Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 at 6:30pm.
Tyler Steenbergen and Aleksi Heponiemi (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
It’s getting closer and closer to the start of the WHL playoffs as the Swift Current Broncos get set to face the Moose Jaw Warriors in a post-season series for the first time in 18 years. It should be a blast. There’s a lot of buzz building in our community for the playoffs and at the same time I’ve heard some concern about the health of the Broncos because of how many guys sat out last weekend. If anyone had bumps and bruises of any type last weekend there was no reason to suit up in games that meant nothing. Of course detailed info is understandably unlikely during playoffs, but in an interview today Broncos coach and director of player personnel Manny Viveiros indicated they are confident in having their players all back in. That would exclude Ryan Graham of course who is done for the season. That doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing. We aren’t going to know for sure until the teams take the ice for the first period on Friday and we probably shouldn’t! But it sounds promising.
So far this week I’ve had a chance to chat with Viveiros, goalie Jordan Papirny and defenceman Max Lajoie ahead of the playoffs. I also chatted with Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen about the series in a couple of previews interviews that I’ll link to.
The other piece of news today was recognition of Tyler Steenbergen and Aleksi Heponiemi. Steenbergen made the Eastern Conference 2nd All-Star Team and was the eastern nominee for most sportsmanlike player. Heponiemi is the eastern nominee for rookie of the year. Through my Broncos coloured lenses I could see other guys there who deserved some conversation for honours too, but I’m really glad to see Tyler and Aleksi get that recognition. That was part of the chat with Coach Viveiros.
Our Golden West team here and in Moose Jaw will have more to come before the puck drops for Friday’s game 1. It should be a great series and I hope to see a lot of Broncos fans at Mosaic Place on Friday and Saturday. Ticket sales are going strong for games 3 and 4 at home as well so get on that ASAP.
It’s hard to believe that Jon Keen has now actually called more games with the Kamloops Blazers than he did with the Swift Current Broncos. Keen hit the 1000 (regular season) games mark last week. The first 499 were spent in Swift Current where from what I’m told he was known for his hard work and passion about everything to do with the Broncos. Now a veteran game caller he is one of the best in major junior. I had a chance to chat with Jon last week as he discussed his career and some memories from his time in Swfit Current.
You can click here for an article from Kamloops This Week discussing him hitting that milestone last week.
Artyom Minulin (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
Great news for the City of Swift Current this week as the Broncos will host one of the two WHL stops in the Canada/Russia series next year. What will that mean for the Broncos and who might we see on the teams? Artyom Minulin played for Russia in the series this year so given that he will be still of age next season it’s safe to assume he could be part of it. What about guys like Tyler Steenbergen or Colby Sissons for Team WHL? Either way it will be great hockey and a treat to have in our building.
I chatted with Broncos Director of Business Operations Dianne Sletten and Minulin to get their take on the game coming to Swift Current.