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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 15:51

Overagers’ time runs out with the Broncos

Written by  Brad Brown
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Dalton Reum’s first instinct upon learning he’d been traded from the Vancouver Giants to Swift Current was to dust off his passport.

“I honestly didn’t even know where Swift Current was,” he recalled the day after the Broncos were eliminated from the WHL playoffs by the Calgary Hitmen. “I thought it was in the States or something.”
Fortunately for the Broncos he did find his way to Swift Current where he played 175 regular season games over the last two-and-a-half seasons.
He turned out to be not just durable, but reliable too. Reum slowly but surely evolved into a dependable shut-down specialist as the team’s No. 5 defenceman after some early-season struggles with since-departed partner Graeme Craig.
The Broncos’ Game 5 loss to Calgary on March 28 was the end of the line for many Swift Current Broncos, including Reum.
Fellow over-agers Ryon Moser and Chance Lund are not eligible to return next season, and it would be at least somewhat surprising to see any of Adam Lowry, Reece Scarlett, Richard Nedomlel, Daniel Dale or Brent Benson return for their own 20-year-old seasons.
“I’d have to say it was the most emotional I’ve been in my junior hockey career,” said Reum, who plans to pursue a minor pro career in the ECHL after a summer of training in Edmonton. “When you’re 17 years old … you think there’s always next year, there’s always next year. But little do you know the time flies by.
“As the years go on you mature more and you just want to win as much as possible, so yesterday was kind of bittersweet.”

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