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Broncos’ trainer receives special honor

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The dedication and commitment of the Swift Current Broncos head athletic trainer and equipment manager has been recognized in a unique way.

Jamie “Butter” LeBlanc has been working behind the scenes with the team for about 14 years.
The Broncos and the City of Swift Current teamed up to acknowledge his contribution to the team by naming the pavement leading to the bus entrance at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex as Butter Way. A brief unveiling ceremony for the street sign took place at the short stretch of pavement between the parking area and the bus entrance, Nov. 21.
"Obviously it's a big surprise,” LeBlanc said afterwards. “No words can really describe it. It's unbelievable, I'm very honoured and humbled by the fact that something like that is out there with my name on it. I come to work and I just do what I have to do in my job and that's what it is.”
He started his professional career as a trainer in 1998 with the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League. He worked with the Broncos from 2001 to 2005, and after a brief absence to start a fitness centre in Swift Current he returned to the team in 2009.
“I love this team and the work that we do here,” he said. “We do it as a group and we’re hoping that we can continue on the way things have gone for the rest of the year with this group that we’ve got here, and that we can do some good things for the city hopefully come May.”
Broncos Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros said an athletic trainer is one of the most important people in a team who will work countless hours behind the scenes to give players an opportunity to play at their best on the ice.
“I’ve been in this game for a long time and I’ve never had a better person to work with and an opportunity to work with a better person in his field,” he mentioned. “He takes care of us at all times and there’s not a moment that we’re not organized or prepared for anything that can happen, whether at home or on the road, and from my side and the coaching staff and the players side, I can truly say we’ve got probably one of the finest in this business.”
According to Mayor Denis Perrault the naming of the pavement as Butter Way is a small gesture to give recognition to someone who is going above and beyond every day.
“Definitely it’s an idea to honour in this particular case an unsung hero,” he said. “Somebody that goes above and beyond. He actually has quite a few jobs here at the iPlex, working with the Broncos.”

Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin (at left) and forward Tyler Steenbergen unveil the street sign to recognize the team's head athletic trainer Jamie “Butter” LeBlanc, Nov. 21.

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