The Swift Current Broncos have filled out their coaching staff with another longtime pro in Jamie Heward.
Heward fills the void left at Assistant Coach when Andy Schneider left the team to join the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets in a scouting capacity.
Heward will fill the role of both Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development for the Broncos.
He rounds out the Broncos coaching staff, which includes fourth-year Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb and third-year Assistant Coach Darren Evjen.
“His (Jamie) rich hockey experience makes him the perfect guy for the job,” said Lamb in a team press release. “With our young group of defencemen and his extensive experience playing defence in the NHL he will not only help our players, but our prospects coming up through our organization as well. Jamie will also be a great role model in the player’s transition from midget to junior and junior to pro.”
Heward will focus primarily on scouting the Western Hockey League and working with the organization’s prospects.
“I am really happy to be here,” commented Heward in the release. “I know the hockey staff quite well and I think it will be a great opportunity for me. I have been retired for three years now so I have been watching lots of hockey, but I think it’s time to get back into it and help the players and prospects out as much as I can.”
Heward was a four-year standout on the blueline with his hometown Regina Pats from 1987-1991 and was a first round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He went on to play 19 seasons of professional hockey, including 394 regular season NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, and Tampa Bay Lightning.
He also spent time in the International Hockey League and American Hockey League in addition to stints overseas in Russia and Switzerland.
His last season came in 2008-09, spending time with Tampa Bay and the Norfolk Admirals.
The Broncos main camp is currently underway at the Credit Union iplex with scrimmages between Team Sakic, Team Tiger, Team Trottier, and Team Ruskowski on Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day.
The annual Black and White Intra-Squad Game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 from every ticket sold will benefit the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. Children 16 and under will be admitted free to the Black and White Game.