Small town hockey leaves a lasting impression on everyone involved. Each season sees great expectations, amazing triumphs and heartbreaking loss. And this spring, we have seen, up close, all of these things.
Saskatchewan suffered one of its greatest tragedies. The wrenching agony of losing 16 young people was overwhelming for families, friends and the province. Stories of courage amongst first responders and tales of incredible generosity reassured us that the Saskatchewan sense of community would carry us through.
A much more positive event was the Swift Current Broncos’ playoff run. A team transformed at the trade deadline went into the playoffs ready to roll. After defeating the best teams in Western Canada, they won the WHL title. For the first time in 25 years, they headed to the Memorial Cup.
Although they did not win it, they never quit, even after playing over two dozen playoff games and with several players hurt. The success of this team brought together Swift Current and all of Southwestern Saskatchewan.
As Manny Viveiros, the coach of the Swift Current Broncos put it – ‘it’s not just about the game, it’s also about community and passion’.
David Anderson, MP