Swift Current, SK – The Swift Current Broncos completed a blockbuster deal with the Brandon Wheat Kings ahead of Tuesday’s WHL Trade Deadline.
The Broncos completed a deal with the Brandon Wheat Kings in acquiring 20-year old goaltender Jordan Papirny and a fourth round pick (2018) in exchange for defenceman Kade Jensen, goaltender Travis Child, a second round selection (2019) and a fifth round pick (2018) in the WHL Bantam Draft.
A product of Edmonton, AB, Papirny owns a record of 13-11-1-0 with a 3.24 goals against average and a .906 save percentage this season. Papirny provides playoff experience for a Broncos squad that is poised to return to the WHL Playoffs after not qualifying last year.
“He is a great kid and a top goalie in this league,” said Director of Player Personnel and Head Coach Manny Viveiros. “He is a proven winner in this league and we are very excited to have him with us.”
Papirny suited up for 21 postseason games last year and posted a 16-5 record, helping the Brandon Wheat Kings claim the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions. For his postseason career, Papirny owns a 33-15-1 record to go along with a 2.87 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 49 appearances.
The 6-1, 171 lb goaltender was drafted by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round, 22nd overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft and owns a 111-53-13-7 record with a 2.90 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in 188 career games, all with Brandon.
Jensen skated in 41 games for the Broncos this season, tallying nine points (3g-6a) to go along with 69 penalty minutes. For his career, the 19-year old native of Calgary, AB amassed 46 points (14g-32a) in 220 career WHL contests with the Broncos and the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Child appeared in 24 games in the Broncos cage, posting a 13-3-0-3 record with a 3.03 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. The 19-year old Killam, AB native has played his entire career with Swift Current, recording a 23-23-2-4 record over 75 career starts in a span of three seasons.
In the winding hours of the 2017 WHL Trade Deadline, the Broncos added depth to their blue line by sending a 2018 fifth round pick in the WHL Bantam Draft to the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for 1999-born defenceman Jake Hobson.
A native of Prince Albert, SK, Hobson is currently in his rookie season in the WHL, having recorded an assist and eight penalty minutes in 18 contests with the Winterhawks. Hobson will provide additional depth to the Broncos defensive unit.
The 5-11, 193 lb defenceman was drafted by the Portland Winterhawks in the third round, 65th overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Swift Current Broncos have traded 20-year-old forward Calvin Spencer to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a conditional ninth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
With the acquisitions of Jordan Papirny and Ryley Lindgren in separate deals, the Broncos were required to move a 20-year-old per league rules as only three 20-year olds are allowed on a WHL roster.
We’d like to thank Calvin for being a leader to this team on and off the ice,” said Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros. “He was a terrific role model to our younger players and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Swift Current hosts the Kootenay ICE to close out a four-game home stand on Wednesday, December 11th at the Credit Union i-Plex. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CT.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Stable, calling 306-773-1509 or online at tickets.scbroncos.com.