The Montreal Canadiens alumni team helped to raise funds for the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame and the City of Swift Current's Safe Places – Youth Certified initiative when they visited the city to play a game against a team of local first responders, March 10. The Living Sky Casino Hall of Fame game at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex was an opportunity for local hockey fans to see former players such as forward Stéphane Richer, defenceman Patrice Brisebois and goalie Richard Sévigny on the ice. The Swift Current Emergency Services team consisted of members of the local fire department and ambulance services. They were joined by former Swift Current Broncos Sheldon Kennedy, Todd Holt and Joel Rogers as well as a former member of the Canadian women's hockey team, Bobbi-Jo Slusar. The event provided a few Swift Current locals with a unique opportunity to be on the Montreal Canadiens bench. Chuck Audette, John Kennedy and former Swift Current mayor Jerrod Schafer skated with the team, local hockey coach Larry Johnson was the team's associate coach next to coach Yvon Lambert and former Broncos trainer Gord Hahn was the alumni team's trainer. The final score in the game was a 10-7 win for the Montreal Canadiens alumni team.
A large turnout at the game and support from the community helped the Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) senior basketball team to raise $13,630 for the family of school alumnus Rena Best, who recently died of cancer. The Swift Current Ardens Pink Game against the North Battleford Vikings took place on March 9. SCCHS students Carter Hancock and Ryan Girardeau had their heads shaved during halftime. They were able to raise a total of $1,927.30 in support of the Ardens fundraiser. The game turned into a real battle between the two teams that was decided in the final seconds, when the Ardens could not score on penalty throws to lose 57-56. Team members presented a cheque to Kelly Nelson and his children Kalven (14) and Ellie (9) after the game. The money from the fundraiser will be donated to a trust fund that has been set up for the two children. Their mother was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in August 2015 and she passed away on Jan. 25, 2017. Rena Best grew up in Swift Current and attended school at Central School, O.M. Irwin School and the SCCHS, where she helped to manage the 1984/85 Ardens basketball team to a provincial championship title.
A record crowd of almost 300 people attended the 5th annual Carhartts & Caviar welding showcase and auction at the Swift Current campus of Great Plains College, March 2. The live auction featured 13 unique metal art pieces created by welding students, local companies and an alumnus of the welding program. The theme of this year's auction was “Old becomes New” and the items in the live auction included a retro gas pump, a stand up clock inspired by London's Big Ben, a table made from an old Ford truck tailgate, a retro couch made from the front end of a 1951 Dodge Coronet and a television stand made from the back end of a 1951 Dodge Coronet. Auctioneer Gordie Cameron was back for the fifth year to do the live auction of unique metal art pieces. The live auction included a “Junk Yard Wars” portion, when two items made by students as part of an in-class competition were auctioned by two students who acted as guest auctioneers. The live auction raised $21,225 and the highest bid of $4,100 was made on the 1951 Dodge Coronet retro couch. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to students and to buy new equipment for the welding certificate program.
The Millar Edge men's basketball team won the Battle of the Southwest against the Great Plains College SunDogs, March 1. The game was played at the Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun. The SunDogs had a two-point lead (22-20) after the first quarter, but the Edge drew ahead during the next quarter to have a 48-36 lead at halftime. The Millar Edge continued to lead the game during the second half and the final score was 98-76.
A celebration of the blues took place at the annual StirCrazy Blues Concert in Swift Current, Feb. 25. The concert at the Lyric Theatre was part of the 2016-17 Blenders concert series and featured the 24th Street Wailers, a five-member band from Toronto that received a 2015 Juno nomination for blues album of the year. Their music and on-stage showmanship are inspired by 1940's and 1950's rhythm and blues that influenced rock and roll. Their Swift Current performance was their first Canadian tour stop on their current North American tour.