Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The countdown to the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG) in Swift Current has started after the official games launch in the city, Jan. 16.

The Swift Current Broncos were destructive on the ice in their first two games after a series of trades that added five players to the team to strengthen both their offensive and defensive capabilities. The Broncos travelled to Prince Albert on Jan. 12, where they defeated the Raiders 4-0. Broncos fans got their first look at the revised team on Jan. 13, when the Swift Current team rolled over the Edmonton Oil Kings in a crushing 9-1 defeat. The home team's goals were scored by nine different players. The Broncos already had a 6-1 lead at the end of the second period, and the final three goals in the third period were scored within a brief period of just one minute and four seconds. The Broncos will be playing five games on a U.S. road trip before their next home game against the Regina Pats on Jan. 27, which will have a 2:30 p.m. starting time.


The Swift Current Curling Club hosted the 2018 SCT Players Championship as part of the provincial men’s curling tour, Jan. 5-7. The event provided an opportunity for the winning team to secure a berth to the 2018 SaskTel Tankard, which will take place in Estevan from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. Team Casey of Regina’s Highland Curling Club remained undefeated during the weekend and won the championship game 6-5 against Steve Laycock of Saskatoon’s Nutana Curling Club. The winning team included two local players. Cabri’s Shaun Meachem skipped the team in the absence of Adam Casey while Swift Current’s Chris Haichert joined the team for the weekend to play second. Two teams from southwest Saskatchewan competed at the tournament. Team Deis from the Fox Valley Curling Club, skipped by Ryan Deis, was eliminated in the quarter final when they lost 6-4 to Estevan’s Brent Gedak. Team Deis started the tournament with two losses, but then won three games in the C event to reach the quarter finals. Team Chambers of the Swift Current Curling Club, skipped by Jeff Chambers, started the tournament with a 6-5 win against Saskatoon’s Michael Carss, but then lost 6-4 to Gedak. Chambers was able to win the next three games, but missed qualifying for the quarter finals when his team lost 6-5 against Saskatoon’s Dale Craig. Pictured are teams Chambers, Deis and Casey on the ice during the championship.



The Swift Current Broncos dropped only one game during a busy three-game weekend. Their weekend started with a road trip to Brandon on Jan. 5, where they lost 3-2 in overtime to the Wheat Kings, with Matteo Gennaro scoring both goals. The Broncos defended home ice for the rest of the weekend, starting with a 4-2 win against the Regina Pats, Jan. 6. Gennaro again scored twice while Kaden Elder was responsible for the other two goals. The Broncos played an afternoon game on Jan. 7, when they dismissed the Red Deer Rebels 5-1. Gennaro scored another two goals for a total of six goals and one assist in three days. Two of the Broncos players who have returned from playing at the World Juniors scored the other goals. Aleksi Heponiemi gave the team an early lead with a power play goal and defenceman Artyom Minulin scored two power play goals. The Broncos play their next home game against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday, Jan. 12. Thereafter they will be away on a two-week U.S. road trip.


Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) leadership candidate Ryan Meili attended a meet and greet event in Swift Current on Jan. 8 to talk about his vision for the province.

Swift Current powerlifter Wayne Cormier used the final opportunity available to qualify for the upcoming national championships in Calgary.

A new partnership between the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and the Swift Current Branch Library will provide an opportunity for newcomers and community members to create connections through a monthly event at the library.

The support from the community in the Swift Current area helped the Salvation Army to exceed the fundraising goal of the 2017 Christmas campaign.

The Drug Strategy Action Committee in Swift Current announced the winner of the contest to design a new logo for the recently renamed organization.

A longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current received a special honour from club members in recognition of his years of service to the club and to the community.

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