Here's the press release:
After two of the last 3 Swift Current Broncos home games had sell out crowds, Wellington West Capital in Swift Current is lending a helping hand in an effort to see that type of support for the club replicated in the playoffs.
Wellington West partners, Kevin Patenaude and Jerrod Schafer, are purchasing 10 tickets to Game #3 against Regina next Tuesday and 10 tickets to Game #4 on Wednesday as well. They're issuing a corporate challenge to all businesses to jump on board by treating their customers or staff to a playoff experience in the hopes that they continue to support the team throughout the playoffs.
"As a fan, it was an outstanding experience with a sold out building and a lot of enthusiasm at the two sellouts in March," commented Patenaude. "There's no doubt we'd like to see that again in the playoffs."
"As members of the community, the only thing we can control is our attendance at games and our enthusiasm when we're there. It seemed like the players were able to build off both of those factors against Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw."
The Broncos averaged 1900 fans per game during the regular season, however, capacity crowds of 2453 were in attendance for the March 9th and 16th games.
"Our business community provides us with excellent support throughout the year," commented Broncos Assistant General Manager/Director of Operations Elden Moberg. "We'd like to thank Kevin and Jerrod for stepping up unsolicited in this regard."
"There's no doubt there is a change in atmosphere in the Civic Centre when it's at or near capacity. It becomes a tough place for visiting teams to play because our fans are right on top of them. In my mind, the larger the crowd...the larger the advantage for our players."
Businesses that would like to follow Wellington West's lead can contact Broncos Ticket Manager Brenda Wall or Director of Public Relations/Game Day Operations Brad Boutilier at 773-1509.
It's full-out playoff mode in these parts. There's a certain confidence this year compared to last year's monumental task that was the Medicine Hat Tigers. Incidentally, the winner of this series will more than likely face the Tigers in round two. That is of course the Prince Albert Raiders can oust the Brandon Wheat Kings in the opening round. Good luck.
Yesterday was a big day for this blog - a new record amount of daily hits. I can't help but think it was because of the "plug"from Voice of the Pats Rod Pedersen's blog. I know you didn't intend that Roddy, so....thanks.
Check this out . . . I recently got an e-mail from Kim Johnston who now hosts the morning show at Medicine Hat's MY 96. Of course we used to co-host together on the Eagle 94.1 FM. He was recently in Toronto for the CBC show "Test the Nation" that IQ show that aired Sunday night. The radio DJ's finished 5th out of 6th. To be expected! The Swift Current native toured the Hockey Hall of Fame and found the Swift Current Broncos display. What a said state of affairs it is! (below)
One "farmer lid" is all that's there. Kim was thinking maybe someone locally had something they would like to donate. Maybe something from the '89 Memorial Cup??
That is a pretty sweet hat I must say. Maybe we could add something to it?
I'm still waiting on some pics from the Broncos Awards Banquet Monday night. I should have them posted later today.
Have a good one,