The CHL’s second smallest market is being represented on its biggest stage, as hundreds of Swift Current Broncos fans fill the Brandt Centre to cheer on their team.
The Broncos fan base has backed their team since they returned to south west Saskatchewan in 1986, including owning the team as a community.
Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault says while the community owns the team, they back it 100 percent of the way as well.
“We’re a community owned franchise; everyone is behind our Broncos all across the south west, it’s been so exciting over the last couple years, more so this year, and it’s just been incredible.”
Perrault says Swift Current can offer a small-town atmosphere that can’t be found elsewhere.
“I believe we are a spot every player should want to come to, we can offer a safe and caring community, we have great billet families,” Perrault says. “We have a place where these kids can get anywhere they need to go within seven minutes. If they text each other at five minutes to seven, they’re at the movie at seven; you can’t beat that. It becomes a community for the players, and they become a family so quickly.”
The Broncos are back in action Monday night when they face the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Ironically, the only market smaller than Swift Current in the CHL is the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, who are also at the Memorial Cup this year.