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Broncos 2020-21 Roster Breakdown

March 4, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Swift Current Broncos News Release


With the 2020-21 season set to begin for the Swift Current Broncos on March 13 against the Saskatoon Blades, the team has 26 players in the Regina Hub ready to hit the ice.

The roster includes 11 players who finished the 2019-20 campaign with the Broncos and nine players who were drafted by Swift Current in various WHL Drafts. That compares to just one who finished 2019-20 with the team: goaltender Isaac Poulter.

The roster includes three players born in 2000, six born in 2001, six born in 2002, four born in 2003, five born in 2004 and one born in 2005.

Below is a breakdown of the 26 players Broncos fans will see in action on WHL Live this season.

Forwards

Michael Farren

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2000 6-14-20 Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Waivers Delta, BC

Farren was claimed off WHL waivers by the Broncos for his overage season. A veteran of 225 career regular season games, Farren enjoyed his most successful offensive seasons in the WHL during his two years with the Saskatoon Blades in 2016-17 and 2017-18, playing for current Broncos head coach Dean Brockman.

Cole Nagy

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2001 5-9-14 Prince Albert/Swift Current (WHL) Trade from PA Saskatoon, SK

Nagy begins his second season with the Broncos after being acquired from the Prince Albert Raiders on December 27, 2019. His points-per-game nearly doubled following the trade, going from 0.16 with the Raiders (2-2-4 in 25 GP) to 0.31 (3-7-1o in 32 GP) with Swift Current.

Eric Houk

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2001 6-3-9 Swift Current Broncos (WHL) Signed as free agent Regina, SK

A third-year Bronco, Houk doubled his goal total from his rookie season in 2019-20, recording six goals and three assists. Relied upon heavily in defensive situations, Houk improved his face-off percentage by 11.7 per cent from 2018-19 to 2019-20.

Aiden Bulych

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2001 14-8-22 Swift Current Broncos (WHL) Signed as free agent Foam Lake, SK

Bulych signed as a free agent with the Broncos following a strong campaign in the SJHL with the Yorkton Terriers in 2018-19, finishing first in the league amongst rookie skaters with 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points. Bulych followed that up with a strong rookie season in the WHL, finishing ninth amongst rookies with 14 goals.

Bode Hagan

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2002 0-5-5 Brandon/Swift Current (WHL) Trade from BDN Alsike, AB

Acquired in a trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings at the trade deadline in 2020, Hagan enters his second full season in the WHL. A playmaker first, Hagan recorded 39 assists with Okanagan Hockey Academy Edmonton in the 2018-19 season.

Jordan Boryisuk

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2002 0-0-0 Red Deer/Swift Current (WHL) Trade from RD Mannville, AB

Acquired in the November 2019 deal that saw the Broncos move Ben King to Red Deer, Borysiuk was limited to just two shifts in a Broncos jersey before he was sidelined for the remainder of the season with injury. The long offseason was much-needed for Borysiuk, as he's fully recovered and looking to become an impact player in the WHL, the same way he was at the U18 and Junior 'A' levels.

Raphael Pelletier

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2002 2-4-6 Swift Current Broncos (WHL) Trade from EDM Legal, AB

Picked up in an early-season trade with the Edmonton Oil Kings, Pelletier's first full season in the WHL saw his game improve as the season went along. His non-stop motor should help him take another step forward in the Regina Hub.

Cohner Saleski

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2002 1-2-3 Red Deer/Swift Current (WHL) Trade with RD Saskatoon, SK

Acquired in the same trade as Jordan Borysiuk, the former first-round WHL Draft pick looks to regain the scoring touch he showed at the U15 and U18 levels in his second WHL season. Saleski scored 43 goals in his WHL Draft year and recorded 28 points in 24 games in 2018-19 with the Prince Albert Mintos.

Carter Stebbings

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2002 16-34-50 Saskatoon Blazers (SMHL) Signed as free agent Saskatoon, SK

Signed as an undrafted free agent January 1, 2020, Stebbings joins the Broncos after three seasons with the Saskatoon Blazers. 2019-20 was his most successful season, captaining the team to a first-place finish in the league standings while posting 50 points in just 35 games. He is the Blazers all-time leading scorer in franchise history with 119 points in 123 games.

Caleb Wyrostok

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2003 25-23-48 NAX U18 (CSSHL) 2018 Draft (Rd 9, 197) Medicine Hat, AB

A true 'shift disturber' player, Wyrostok combines agitation with scoring ability as shown all throughout his minor hockey career. The 2019-20 season was his strongest campaign yet, combining 25 goals and 48 points with 148 penalty minutes with the Northern Alberta Xtreme U18 program. Wyrostok also scored an electrifying goal in his WHL debut on December 11, 2019 when the Broncos were at Rogers Place against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Braeden Lewis

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2003 20-44-64 Southwest Cougars (MMHL) 2018 Draft (Rd 6, 114) Virden, MB

Lewis took his game to new heights in 2019-20, more than doubling his point total from the 2018-19 season while also serving as team captain for the MMHL's Southwest Cougars. Lewis made his WHL debut January 5, 2020 against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Carter Halamandaris

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2003 31-24-55 Winnipeg Wild (MMHL) Trade from EVT Winnipeg, MB

Acquired from the Everett Silvertips for a fourth-round pick during the 2020 WHL Draft, Halamandaris was targeted by the Broncos management staff for his goal-scoring ability. Playing on one of the strongest U18 teams in the country, the Winnipeg Wild, Halamandaris led the team in goals with 31, helping them to a 44-4-0 record.

Mathew Ward

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2004 19-45-64 West Van Academy (CSSHL) 2019 Draft (Rd 1, 14) Kamloops, BC

Drafted with the Broncos first selection in the the 2019 WHL Draft, Ward made the transition from U15 to U18 look easy by posting the same point total (64) in 2019-20. A strong playmaker with high hockey IQ, Ward will no doubt be relied on by the Broncos coaching staff to inject some much-needed offence into the lineup.

Josh Davies

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2004 20-11-31 Pacific Coast Academy (CSSHL) 2019 Draft (Rd 3, 54) Airdrie, AB

Described as having a pro-level shot already at the age of 16, Davies injects youth and scoring ability into the Broncos 20-21 roster. He joined the Broncos for three games during the 2019-20 season, but burst onto the scene in his first pre-season game by scoring a hat trick against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Josh Filmon

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2004 21-19-40 Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL) 2019 Draft (Rd 4, 67) Winnipeg, MB

Drafted with the first pick of the fourth round in the 2019 WHL Draft, Filmon enjoyed a strong 2019-20 campaign with the RHA U16 team, scoring 21 goals and 19 assists in 36 games. Filmon looks to carry a strong start to his 20-21 season into the WHL, as he was able to play four games with Rink's U18 team before their season was paused, recording 14 points in those four games.

Brady Birnie

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2005 56-72-128 Regina Monarchs (SAAHL) 2020 Draft (Rd 1, 21) Regina, SK

Broncos fans will get an early look at their most recent first-round selection as Birnie joins the Broncos in the Regina Hub, despite being a 2005-born skater. His eye-popping totals from the 2019-20 season should excite fans as his looks to be a big piece of the next wave of Swift Current Broncos.

Defenceman

Kaleb Bulych

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2000 4-11-15 Vancouver/Swift Current (WHL) Trade with VAN Foam Lake, SK

The older brother to Broncos forward Aiden Bulych, Kaleb enters his final season in the WHL looking to further grow his offensive game like he did in 2019-20. Bulych recorded 11 points in 41 games with Swift Current after an early-season trade, compared to the 14 points he recorded in his previous 92 games with the Giants dating back to the 2018-19 season.

Owen Williams

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2000 2-16-18 Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Waivers Delta, BC

Another waiver pick up for the Broncos, Williams will no doubt play major minutes on the backend for the Broncos in 20-21, while also serving as a mentor and leader for the younger players on the roster. Originally drafted 190th overall by the Regina Pats in the 2015 WHL Draft, Williams has carved out an impressive WHL career for himself, sitting just 10 games away from 200 career regular season games heading into 20-21.

Alex Moar

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2001 2-9-11 Swift Current Broncos (WHL) Trade from EVT Prince Albert, SK

Entering his third season with the Broncos following a 2018 trade with Everett, Moar hopes to continue to provide solid two-way play in 20-21. Moar was named the Broncos top defenceman of the 2019-20 season.

Cayde Augustine

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2001 2-8-10 Kelowna/Moose Jaw (WHL) Trade from MJ Airdrie, AB

Acquired from the Moose Jaw Warriors in December, Augustine brings a combination of size with some offensive ability to the Broncos backend for 20-21. After posting a career-high 10 points between the Rockets and Warriors last season, Augustine looks to improve on that while using his 6'2, 225-pound frame to his advantage for the Broncos.

Sam McGinley

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2002 3-9-12 Regina/Swift Current (WHL) Trade from REG Calgary, AB

Another early-season acquisition by the Broncos in 2019-20, McGinley found a home on the Broncos backend while discovering an offensive touch by recording 12 points in 39 games. McGinley dedicated himself to adding muscle over the offseason to help withstand the rigours of being a WHL defenceman.

Devin Aubin

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2003 4-1-5 Grand Prairie Storm U18 (AEHL) Trade from SPO Falher, AB

Acquired in late 2018, Aubin looks to establish himself as a WHL regular in 20-21 with the Swift Current Broncos. The former 75th overall pick in 2018 brings leadership and hard work to the roster, as he has worn letters on his jersey for multiple teams throughout his time in minor hockey.

Daylan Weigel

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2003 6-20-26 Saskatoon Blazers (WHL) Trade from REG Warman, SK

Acquired just two weeks before the Broncos converged into the Regina Hub, Weigel makes the jump to the WHL after a strong season with the Saskatoon Blazers in which he more than doubled his point total from the previous year. Despite the strong offensive output in 2019-20, Weigel is a self-described defensive defenceman and calls the defensive zone his first priority.

Owen Pickering

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2004 5-16-21 Rink Hockey Academy U16 (CSSHL) 2019 Draft (Rd 9, 177) St. Adolphe, MB

Like Wyrostok, Pickering was a ninth-round selection and has grown both on the ice and off the ice over the past few years. Listed at 5'7 entering the 2018-19 season, Pickering joins the Broncos in the Regina Hub now standing at 6'3. Pickering enjoyed a strong 2019-20 season with RHA U16, scoring five goals and 16 assists in 34 games.

Goaltenders

Isaac Poulter

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2001 9-32-2-2 .896, 4.06 Swift Current Broncos (WHL) 2016 Draft (Rd 6, 112) Winnipeg, MB

The unquestionable team MVP for the Broncos in 2019-20, Poulter shouldered the bulk of game action for the team in 2019-20, finishing first in the entire WHL in both shots faced and saves. His 2,745 minutes placed him fifth in the league. Despite just two seasons with the team, Poulter is already sixth in franchise history for career saves with 2,455 and will move to fifth early in 20-21 as he sits just 55 behind Ian Gordon.

Reid Dyck

Year 2019-20 Stats 2019-20 Team Acquired Hometown

2004 17-3-1 .931, 2.26 Pembina Valley Hawks (MMHL) 2019 Draft (Rd 3, 45) Winkler, MB

Dyck was as impressive as could be throughout the 2019-20 season, finishing second in the league in save percentage and third in goals against average. His game elevated even further in three playoff games with a sparkling .968 save percentage and 1.33 goals against average. Joining the Broncos full-time for 20-21, Dyck becomes the first 16-year-old, full-time goalie for the Swift Current Broncos since Kyle Moir in 2002-03.


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