Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Welcome Aboard Todd Holt and Danny Lambert!

The Swift Current Broncos inducted former greats Todd Holt and Danny Lambert into the Hall of Fame tonight at the Legion Hall.

Lambert (pictured above right) spent four full seasons with the Broncos from 1986-1990. A defenseman from St. Malo, MB, Lambert appeared in 244 games played as a Bronco where he recorded 75 goals and 244 assists. His 244 career assists are a franchise record that still stands today. Lambert helped the Broncos to their Memorial Cup victory in 1988/89 and was named the Western Hockey League’s top defenseman the following year in 1989/90.

Holt (pictured above left) spent five full seasons with the Broncos from 1989-1994. Hailing from Estevan, SK, Holt rewrote the Broncos record book during his time with the club. He currently sits 2nd all time in the Broncos record books with 321 games played. Holt is the teams all time leading goal scorer with 216 goals in his career and is also the points leader with 423. Holt played a key role in the Broncos 2nd trip to the Memorial Cup in 1992/93 with 10 goals and 12 assists in 16 playoff games.
Both former greats barely got through their speeches as they choked back emotion looking back on the good times they had in the city and all the friends they met.

I thought both were excellent and did a great job. Holty did a great job setting the scene of the 1992-93 Championship game vs Portland. I thought he was very well spoken and managed to get through what I'm sure was a very tough speech to prepare and deliver.

Danny was excellent and well spoken. He stopped a few times to gather himself. His memories of how the team rallied together after the bus crash in 1986 to eventually win the Memorial Cup two seasons later was moving.

It was a capacity crowd filled with family, friends, former billets, fans, and Bronco alumni. This is what we do best. It's nights like these that set us apart from the rest of the Western Hockey League. This is the upside of playing in this community - the sense of family and pride.
Hats off to the organizing committee and congratulations Lambo and Holty!


Anonymous said...

Good work on the presentation tonight JK. We all know the HOF banquet can't happen without your hard work on it!!


Regan and the Rockets said...

Keener, what are they doing now? Lambert is married, is Holt?? The evening would have been a blast. Two very small players, who excelled during a time where bigger was viewed as better. Yet Holt and Lambert bucked the trend and were a treat to watch.
Lambert was controlled in his play while Holt was always at high speed..maybe sometimes to fast. I remember when he was at training camp at 16, and he fell down more times than he was on his skates, but he did everything he could to stand out.

Jon Keen said...


Holt is engaged. He has two boys 9 and 13. He's living in Regina but spends a lot of time in Estevan.

Lambert sounds like he'll play another season in Germany but coaching seems to be in his future. He now lives full-time in Arizona in the off-season.

They showed some great highlights from the past. Some awesome stuff. You would have love it.