In an unexpected media event, the Swift Current Broncos announced that head coach and general manager Dean Brockman will be leaving the organization effective Friday, October 15, 2021.
With the Broncos since the 2018-19 season, Brockman was drafted during what the team calls an “incredibly difficult time”; one who saw the cabinets actually bare after running an Ed Chynoweth Cup through the exchange of perspectives for older players.
While this approach proved to be successful, it did mean that Brockman inherited a squad in need of rebuilding, and a squad that he and the executive knew would not be competitive for a brief number of hopefully seasons. the. But the plan was put in place and Brockman stuck to it.
While at times this did not suit Broncos fans, which raised some concerns after Brockman arrived, Liam Choo-Foo, governor of the Broncos board of directors, spoke about the general manager’s ability to take in stride.
“The easy thing to do would have been to trade in some of those future assets and get some 19 year olds who would have made us more competitive on the ice but not helped us with our long term rebuilding plan. . So to the detriment of the person and the reputation, you stuck to the plan that you presented to us, and I wanted to thank you for that and I want to acknowledge that here publicly as well. “
Brockman ignored the tension at the start, thanking opponents for keeping him motivated. For him, every fan is a good fan, and being passionate means he cares, which in his experience is not something all sports teams appreciate and he thinks Swift Current is special to. this regard.
“It’s a great community. There is so much to offer. And one of the greatest things about this community is that they love their team.”
Brockman believes that while the job of restocking the shelves is not fully done, he believes they have the pieces in place to be on the road to long-term success. While he was wary with specific plans after his tenure with the team, he feels it was a good time to leave, insisting he was doing it on his terms.
“I feel like they can move on without me. There isn’t a particular reason. It’s just that I think it’s important for me to step aside and let these good people work and you know what. , I will support them in any way I can. There can be a thousand reasons, but it’s about me. It’s about me this time and not someone else. “
In the meantime, the Broncos have announced that Chad Leslie will take on the role of interim general manager, while Devan Praught, who was brought into the organization over the summer, will become the interim bench chief while ‘a search for a permanent replacement is in progress. .