On Monday, the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos announced the signing of 2019 WHL Bantam Draft pick Josh Filmon to a standard player agreement. The 67th overall selection in last year’s bantam draft hails from Winnipeg, and spent the past two seasons playing with RHA, following one year with the Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA program.
Filmon, a 6-foot-1, 145-pound forward, produced at over a point-per-game for coach Sandy Henry as an offence driver in both even strength and power play scenarios, while also contributing shorthanded for RHA’s Elite 15s. In 36 regular season games in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, Filmon put up 21 goals and 40 points, good for second in team scoring.
In 49 total games, RHA’s alternate captain found the back of the net 27 times, while adding 25 assists for 52 total points, to go along with 40 minutes in penalties. His seven power play goals and one shorthanded tally also ranked second on the team to fellow forward Daimon Gardner.
Filmon now joins RHA teammate Owen Pickering as players with WHL deals in place with the Broncos. The 2019-20 Swift Current Broncos featured goaltender Isaac Poulter (Winnipeg), defenceman Garrett Sambrook (Medora), and forwards Hayden Ostir (Winnipeg) and Justin Svenson (Ile des Chenes) as the Manitoba representatives on the squad.
The Broncos had a deplorable 63-game shortened season in 2019-20, finishing dead last for the second-straight year with a brutal 25 total points, to go along with a league-worst 10 wins. The team earned just 25 points on the season, hosting a .198 win percentage – the worst percentage since the 12-56-4 Prince George Cougars of 2009-10 put up a .194 points percentage.