SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. – Former members of the Lethbridge Hurricanes have helped the Swift Current Broncos earn their first Memorial Cup berth in 25 years.
The Broncos shut out the Everett Silvertips 3-0 Sunday, May 13, to win the WHL Championship in six games. Former Hurricanes captain Giorgio Estephan scored what turned out to be the game-winner in the first period, on the power play. Estephan was named the game’s second star.
Another former Hurricane, goaltender Stuart Skinner, made 31 saves for the shutout, his sixth of the playoffs. He said he was just having fun and making saves.
“I got those shutouts because of the team and because the team worked so hard and because we’re such a tight family. That’s the reason why we won tonight and that’s the reason why I got a shutout tonight,” Skinner said after the game.
Estephan and Skinner were part of a blockbuster trade between Lethbridge and Swift Current at the deadline. Estephan said it was great to feed off the Swift Current crowd.
“We’re so excited that we got to play in front of them. Regina’s not too far, so I’m sure we’ll have a great crowd there.”
The Broncos now head east along Highway 1 to Regina for the 100th Memorial Cup, May 17-27. The tournament will feature the Broncos, Hamilton Bulldogs, and Acadie-Bathurst Titan, along with the host Regina Pats.
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