Swift Current, SK: Swift Current Broncos Board Chairman Trent McCleary announced on Friday morning that Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros has resigned from the Swift Current Broncos hockey club and has accepted a position with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League as an assistant coach.
Viveiros, 52, led the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos to a championship this season, defeating the WHL’s two conference leaders (Moose Jaw, Everett) on route to capturing the 2018 Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions and advancing to the Memorial Cup in Regina, SK. Viveiros led the Broncos to a 48-17-5-2 record finishing in second place in the Eastern Conference and boasting a League best 29.4 power play percentage.
“I’d like to thank the Bronco organization for taking a chance on me two seasons ago,” said Viveiros in a press conference Friday morning. “I made some lifelong friends here and I’m always going to be a Bronco for now and forever. I’m certainly looking forward to the new challenges but my heart will always be here in Swift Current.”
The St. Albert, Alberta native brings 11 years of experience with him, most recently with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos for the past two seasons, posting a record of 87-40-17. Viveiros coached in Europe from 2006-2016, leading Klagenfurter AC to an Austrian Hockey League championship in 2009. He also coached Austria’s National Team for three years, including the 2014 Winter Olympics. After the Olympics, Viveiros coached ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) as an assistant coach in 2014 and head coach in 2015.
“Under Manny’s leadership, the team adopted a fast pace, high octane offence that brought renewed interest, energy and enthusiasm to our arena,” said Broncos Board Chairman Trent McCleary. “What impressed us the most was Manny’s ability to build positive relationships with staff, players and families within our communities. He undoubtedly worked very hard to create both good citizens on and off the ice and memories that will last a life time.”
Viveiros was originally drafted by Edmonton in the sixth round, 106th overall, in the 1984 NHL Draft and spent three seasons with the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars (1985-1988), appearing in 29 games and posting 12 points (1G, 11A) and six penalty minutes. He spent 16 seasons in Austria, playing with Villach VSV, Lustenau EHC, Vienna and Klagenfurter AC. He also spent two seasons with SERC Wild Wings in the DEL. Viveiros played his junior hockey with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, capturing the 1986 Memorial Cup.
The Swift Current Broncos will begin the search for new applicants immediately.
Furthermore, Director of Business Operations Dianne Sletten is moving on to new challenges as she is stepping down after six seasons with the club.