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Broncos new head coach, director of hockey operations loves small town Sask.

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The new head coach of the Swift Current Broncos is looking forward to the challenge of leading the defending WHL champions.


The Swift Current Broncos introduced Dean Brockman as the new head coach and director of hockey operations during an announcement at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, June 27.
“Obviously we want to regain that magic that appeared here in the last season, two seasons,” he said. “Certainly, it is going to take some time, but we are going to work hard towards that goal again. I think I’m motivated to work extremely hard. I just met some people today and you can just see the passion in their eyes on what this organization means. When you drive around town, there’s no better place to be. It may be small, but the heart is big here. It’s Bronco hockey and just to be a part of it, a minuscule part of it, I feel very honoured.”
He will become the eighth coach of the Broncos in the team’s WHL history. The Broncos had to look for a new head coach after Manny Viveiros announced in May that he will be leaving the club to become an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.
Brockman has been coaching with the Saskatoon Blades during the past four seasons, including the last two seasons as head coach.
Management decided to end his role with the team after the Blades missed the playoffs with a 35-33-3-1 record at the end of the 2017-18 regular season.
During the previous 17 seasons he has been with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos, and he was the team’s head coach since 2004. The team won the Royal Bank Cup three times and the Anavet Cup in 2012. He was named four times as SJHL coach of the year and he represented Canada for the World Junior A Challenge in 2011 and 2012.
He felt his experience in both hockey leagues will be useful in his new role with the Broncos.
“I think the one thing that I’ve learned throughout my career is try and do the things the right way, and meaning the right way is involve the people that are important and involve the community and be honest with them,” he said.
“I think that’s important and I think if people want to know where you’re at, you need to tell them.”
A trademark of the team under his guidance will be hard work and players will be expected to give their best effort every night.
“We want to be fast,” he said. “The game is played fast these days and we have to play it that way.”
He noted that the community’s strong support for the team was an important consideration in his decision to accept the position as head coach and director of hockey operations.
“I’m a farm boy at heart and I think just seeing the passion that this community has for its organization just thrills me,” he said. “It just gives you the chills. Everywhere you go, even when I came down for the interview process, sitting in a McDonalds, sitting in there and listening to people talk about their team and that’s in June.”
He previously got that sense of the community’s passion for the team when he came to Swift Current while coaching the Saskatoon Blades.
“Every time I came in this rink as an opposition coach you just sensed that this is a hockey town and it’s just so exciting, because to have that and to be a part of the community and just know how important it is, just thrills me,” he said.
Broncos Director Kyle McIntyre was a member of the personnel committee responsible for the selection process.
“We have an extremely thorough process,” he said. “We used the same process when we found Manny Viveiros. … We got applications from all over North America and we probably had 40 absolute quality applications.”
While there were strong candidates, the committee felt Brockman’s application stood out for several reasons.
“Dean has been a proven winner, first and foremost, and then the other part that really appealed to us about Dean is that he is a player’s coach,” McIntyre said. “He has an outstanding reputation building relationships not only with the people that he works with, but with the parents, with kids he coaches and with community. … Lots of people have reached out to me that have played for Dean Brockman 14-15 years ago in Humboldt, and everyone says what a quality person he is, what a quality coach.”
Brockman will be behind the Broncos bench against his former team when the 2018-19 regular season starts. The Broncos will be hosting the Saskatoon Blades in their opening game on Sept. 21.

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