Friday, December 30, 2011
25 Years Ago
25 years ago today marks what I think might have been the darkest day in the history of Canadian hockey and perhaps the darkest day in all of hockey until the tragic plane crash in Russia earlier this year. The Swift Current Broncos were en route to Regina to play the Pats when the team's bus left the road and rolled just outside of Swift Current.
Four players--Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Brent Ruff and Chris Mantyka--lost their lives that afternoon. The Broncos have retired the numbers of the four men and the WHL names its MVP trophy--the Four Broncos trophy in honor of these young men.
On the 25th anniversary of this tragic accident, the Broncos will be in Regina to play the Pats at the Brandt Centre tonight. Both teams will remember this tragic event in a pre-game ceremony. The puck drops at 7.
I know many of you that read this blog have hockey in your blood and I know you have likely a story or two to tell about getting to this rink or that one in terrible weather conditions. I don't have to tell you what its like.