It's been awhile since this corner of the World Wide Web has been used for Swift Current Broncos talk. Blogs used to be a great place to talk sports, before the short form world of Twitter took the athletic information community by storm. Sometimes there is subject that requires more than 180 characters to do it justice.
This is one of those subjects.
From 2014 to 2021, I was a full time employee of the Swift Current Broncos. Pandemics and other factors changed that. I still have an arm's length involvement with the team running game day production, but the days of a full work week at the rink are sadly over.
And I miss that...but I love the place that fate has placed me and the role I play in our community. I run a small business that pays the bills and allows for the occasional vacation.
Anyway...from 2014 to 2021, every day at some point I would walk past the Swift Current Broncos Hall of Fame. I would always take a second to ponder who should be inducted next... should the franchise ever reboot that program.
There are two names that should be immortalized at our rink. The first...
In local hockey chatter, "Lamber" is often regarded as an excellent GM, but Bronco diehards are frequently critical of his coaching abilities.
Fair point. Mark and his staff had some profitable years, were able to attract world class talent to play in Swift Current and he was able to ice a competitive team in the CHL's smallest market. He pulled off a game changing trade for Cody Eakin that delivered assets to the team for the following 12 years! Drew Englot, a 2023 deadline acquisition for the Broncos, will end the fabled Eakin trade tree. The trade spanned the entirety of Eakin's NHL career and provided the Broncos with the late Colby Cave, one of the best captains in franchise history, as well as two members of the 2018 WHL Championship team (Andrew Fyten and Sahvan Khaira).
However it was Mark's eye on the long term viability of the team that perhaps held him back from success as a coach. Never one to approach the board of directors with an elaborate shopping list of high priced trade deadline ideas, Lamb never went "all in".
While success as a coach is defined by wins, losses and playoff success, Lamb was a good coach. Swift Current had first round NHL entry draft selections in back to back years with Julius Honka and Jake Debrusk. Mark took a cast off from the Saskatoon Blades in Brett Lernout and, with the help of his staff, moulded him into an NHL third round pick who has skated on NHL ice. Those are just a few of his success stories.
Over Mark's time in Swift Current, he did a great job of recruiting and building up the team's depth chart. He set the table for the next man who should be Hall of Fame bound...