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Swift Current Broncos Re-Acquire Two Manitobans

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Derek Leung

The Western Hockey League is only just one week into its 2018-19 regular season schedule, however, the trades are already aplenty. 

Swift Current Broncos Re-Acquire Two Manitobans

On Wednesday afternoon, the Broncos announced two separate moves, in which they brought back two players to Swift Current that they had previously dealt to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in January of this past calendar year. Matt Stanley and Owen Blocker are once again products of the Broncos. 

Swift Current’s first move was claiming Stanley off of Waivers from Lethbridge. The 20-year-old defenceman out of Balmoral, MB. began his junior career with the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He then moved on to play in Swift Current for two seasons before finding himself dealt to Lethbridge in the aforementioned deal last winter. In 126 WHL games, the 6-foot, 180-pound blueliner has two goals, 12 points and 164 penalty minutes. 

The second move of the day for the Broncos involved trading an eighth round selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft for the services of Owen Blocker. The Oakbank, MB. product has played just two seasons of junior hockey as an 18-year-old. He recorded a goal and an assist in 71 regular season games with Swift Current, before putting out a goal and five assists with the Hurricanes in just 32 games in half a season’s work in 2018-19. 

Stanley was drafted 248th overall by Swift Current in the 12th round of the 2013 WHL Draft, while Blocker went significantly higher in 2015, going 32nd overall to the Broncos in the second round. Swift Current currently sits dead last in the WHL at 0-2-0. The Broncos have given up 10 goals, while only teaming up to produce one through six periods of play. Swift Current heads out to Edmonton and Red Deer for weekend dates with the Oil Kings and Rebels Friday and Saturday evenings. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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