Monday, September 01, 2008

Taking it Up a Notch / Small World

News Release:

Swift Current Broncos’ Head Coach and General Manager Dean Chynoweth announced the re-assignment of 5 players.

Goaltenders: Austin Smith (15) and Chad Ketting (16), defensemen Allistair Chapman (16), Michael Hay (16) and David Greyeyes(17) have all been re-assigned by the club.

The roster now stands at 27 players as the team prepares for exhibition games this weekend in Saskatoon against Moose Jaw on Saturday and Medicine Hat on Sunday.


The end of the Labour Day long weekend means it's down to business for many of the broadcasters around the

For myself it means really getting after our broadcast sponsorships, getting our game sequence and imaging together plus testing the equipment down at the rink to prepare for our first broadcast.

Our first broadcast is being tentatively set for Sept 13
th when the Broncos host the Prince Albert Raiders in the final exhibition contest.

Over the weekend the Broncos played in a pair of exhibition games. Recaps are available at . The Broncos practice this week and watch as several players depart for NHL camps.

This weekend is the Saskatoon Blades
pre-season event. The Broncos are scheduled meet Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat.

I'm not even sure where the roster stands at presently.... players coming and going, potential signings, and a handful of other things. I think it stands at 30 but hopefully there will be some sort of clarification today.

Expect some sort of media release regarding a signing or two in the coming days too.


Like every Labour Day over the past several years, we all headed into Regina for my friend's Labour Day bash.

This year we implemented a golf tournament on the Saturday with proceeds going to the Regina General Hospital
neo-natal unit.

Nearly 50 of us teed it up at Aspen Links (formerly Emerald Park). I ended up in a foursome with three hometown friends and Brent Bender - the dad of former
Kamloops Blazer and Regina Pats defenseman Ryan Bender.

Brent works with my friend's wife at FCC. We had a great time talking hockey and reliving the hard-fought first round playoff series between the Broncos and Pats. He was donning his Pats Hockey hat while I had on the new Bronco black mesh-back lid which is a pretty popular buy down at the "The Stable".

A good guy, and it was great to hear Brent's perspective on things. His son Ryan played five years in the league and will attend the University of Regina and play for the Cougars.

We then all headed back to our hosts backyard on the east side of Regina for our annual Saturday get-together.

Talk about a small world. Along with many
Lanigan friends, the guests included Rod Pedersen (Voice of the Pats and Riders), Lee Jones (CTV Sports), and Angel Blair (CTV Regina) - all friends of friends from the Queen City. I felt like I was in the media room at the Brandt Center about an hour before face-off.

Lee and I even teamed up for the
Friz-knock challenge but bowed-out unsuccessful in the opening round.

The football game Sunday was unspectacular but a Riders win is still a Riders win - and bragging rights over Winnipeg native and Broncos trainer Paul
Ayotte for another year.

Stay tuned for more news this week....


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