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The Swift Current Broncos are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. Founded during 1967 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, the Broncos played seven seasons before relocating to Lethbridge from 1974 to 1986 as the Lethbridge Broncos. The Broncos then returned to Swift Current, and have played there since 1986, at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.

Swift Current Broncos
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CitySwift Current, Saskatchewan
LeagueWestern Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionCentral
Founded1967 (1967)
Home arenaInnovation Credit Union iPlex
ColoursBlue, green, white, black
                   
General managerDean Brockman
Head coachDean Brockman
Championships1989 Memorial Cup Champions
1989, 1993, 2018 WHL champions
Websitewww.scbroncos.com
Franchise history
1967–1974Swift Current Broncos
1974–1986Lethbridge Broncos
1986–presentSwift Current Broncos

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HistoryEdit

The Broncos started out as the Swift Current Broncos in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, but moved to Lethbridge in 1974. The team had been losing money in tiny Swift Current and the new Lethbridge Sportsplex was beckoning for a team. The Broncos played in Lethbridge for twelve seasons, winning the President's Cup in 1982–83. In the mid 1980s, the team came up for sale, and despite a large and loyal fanbase in Lethbridge, the Broncos were bought by local interests in Swift Current and moved back to their original home. After a year without WHL hockey in Lethbridge, the Calgary Wranglers moved to the city and became the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Broncos won its only Memorial Cup championship two years later at the 1989 Memorial Cup. In the 1993 Memorial Cup, the Broncos were eliminated in a tie-breaker. Afterwards, head coach Graham James resigned to coach the Calgary Hitmen, but three seasons later, allegations arose that he sexually abused former player Sheldon Kennedy during their days together with the Broncos. James was convicted of sexual offenses and sentenced to three years in prison.

The Broncos play in the second smallest market in the Canadian Hockey League. The only market smaller than Swift Current is Bathurst, New Brunswick, home of the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

1986 team bus crashEdit

On December 30, 1986, the Broncos' bus crashed on the way to a game in Regina. Four players: Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Chris Mantyka and Brent Ruff (younger brother of then-player and former Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff) were killed.[1] The team still wears a commemorative patch in remembrance of the four players. The rest of the team, led by future NHL star Joe Sakic, who recorded 60 goals, played out the season despite the loss. In a move to memorialise the fallen players, the WHL now awards the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy to the League's Player of the Year.

Season-by-season recordEdit

First Broncos (1967–74)Edit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1967–68 60 16 38 6 242 343 38 9th Overall Out of playoffs
1968–69 60 14 44 2 186 329 30 4th West Lost quarter-final
1969–70 60 27 31 2 240 265 56 3rd West Lost quarter-final
1970–71 66 24 40 2 229 290 50 4th West Lost quarter-final
1971–72 68 25 42 1 242 311 51 5th East Out of playoffs
1972–73 68 27 35 6 300 359 60 5th East Out of playoffs
1973–74 68 35 24 9 240 306 79 3rd East Lost semi-final

Second Broncos (1986–present)Edit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1986–87 72 28 40 4 331 393 60 6th East Lost East quarter-final
1987–88 72 44 26 2 388 312 90 4th East Lost East semi-final
1988–89 72 55 16 1 447 319 111 1st East Won championship and Memorial Cup
1989–90 72 29 39 4 323 351 62 6th East Lost in first round
1990–91 72 40 29 3 369 351 83 3rd East Lost in first round
1991–92 72 35 33 4 296 313 74 5th East Lost East semi-final
1992–93 72 49 21 2 384 267 100 1st East Won championship
Lost Memorial Cup tie-breaker
1993–94 72 35 33 4 284 258 74 4th East Lost East semi-final
1994–95 72 31 34 7 274 284 69 6th East Lost in first round
1995–96 72 36 31 5 285 271 77 1st Central Lost in first round
1996–97 72 44 23 5 336 243 93 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
1997–98 72 44 19 9 276 220 97 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
1998–99 72 34 32 6 232 211 74 4th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
1999–2000 72 47 18 4 3 257 170 101 1st East Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2000–01 72 43 20 7 2 275 215 95 1st East Lost Eastern Conference final
2001–02 72 42 17 6 7 274 218 97 2nd Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2002–03 72 38 24 7 3 240 215 86 2nd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2003–04 72 36 29 7 0 234 209 79 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2004–05 72 22 41 6 3 135 218 53 5th Central Out of playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
2005–06 72 24 34 6 8 175 242 62 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2006–07 72 33 36 1 2 199 241 69 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2007–08 72 41 24 1 6 244 205 89 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2008–09 72 42 28 1 1 258 220 86 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2009–10 72 37 30 1 4 231 232 79 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2010–11 72 26 44 0 2 181 260 54 6th East Out of playoffs
2011–12 72 27 37 2 6 216 272 62 5th East Out of playoffs
2012–13 72 36 29 3 4 206 193 79 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2013–14 72 38 25 3 6 248 229 85 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2014–15 72 34 33 1 4 221 245 73 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2015–16 72 24 38 7 3 189 249 58 5th East Out of playoffs
2016–17 72 39 23 4 6 247 239 88 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2017–18 72 48 17 5 2 284 213 103 2nd East Won championship
2018–19 68 11 51 4 2 135 301 28 6th East Out of playoffs

WHL Championship historyEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated January 10, 2019.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
21   Owen Blocker C R 19 2018 Oakbank, Manitoba Undrafted
13   Ian Briscoe C R 20 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba Undrafted
10   Carter Chorney RW R 18 2018 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2019
16   Matthew Culling C L 18 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Eligible 2019
6   Austin Herron D R 18 2018 Abbotsford, British Columbia Eligible 2019
36   Connor Horning D R 18 2016 Kelowna, British Columbia Eligible 2019
12   Eric Houk LW R 18 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Eligible 2019
19   Joona Kiviniemi RW L 17 2018 Oulu, Finland Eligible 2020
31   Riley Lamb G L 20 2019 Rivers, Manitoba Undrafted
15   Tyler Lees C L 19 2019 Regina, Saskatchewan Undrafted
5   Alex Moar D L 18 2018 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Eligible 2019
25   Tanner Nagel (A) RW R 21 2018 Mossbank, Saskatchewan Undrafted
20   Ethan O'Rourke RW R 20 2018 Penticton, British Columbia Undrafted
1   Isaac Poulter G R 17 2016 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2019
2   Roope Pynnonen D L 18 2018 Tampere, Finland Eligible 2019
18   Ethan Regnier RW R 18 2015 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Undrafted
38   Christian Riemer D L 19 2017 Regina, Saskatchewan Undrafted
27   Garrett Sambrook D R 19 2019 Medora, Manitoba Undrafted
4   Billy Sowa D R 17 2018 Calgary, Alberta Eligible 2020
3   Matthew Stanley (A) D L 21 2018 Balmoral, Alberta Undrafted
28   Quinton Waitzner C L 19 2015 Victoria, British Columbia Undrafted

Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 111 1988–89
Most wins 55 1988–89
Most goals for 447 1988–89
Fewest goals for 135 2004–05
Fewest goals against 170 1999–2000
Most goals against 393 1986–87
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Jason Krywulak 81 1992–93
Most assists Terry Ruskowski 93 1973–74
Most points Jason Krywulak 162 1992–93
Most points, rookie Joe Sakic 133 1986–87
Most points, defenceman Dan Lambert 102 1988–89
Best GAA (goalie) Bryce Wandler 2.06 1999–2000
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

NHL alumniEdit

Retired numbers: The Swift Current Broncos have retired the jersey numbers of the four players who died in the aforementioned 1986 team bus accident.

CoachesEdit

 
Swift Current Broncos original logo.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joyce, Gare (2006-12-30). "E-Ticket: Denial of Death". ESPN. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2019-01-10
  3. ^ "Brockman Named Broncos New Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations". OurSportsCentral.com. June 27, 2018.

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