One of the newest members of the Swift Current Broncos arrived in town Saturday. 20-year-old forward Connor Sanvido was recently acquired in a trade from the Seattle Thunderbirds and is now preparing to battle for an overage spot with the Broncos.
The Maple Ridge, BC native has played his entire career in Seattle after being a first-round draft pick, 14th overall, by the Thunderbirds in 2008.
“It is a small town and they really live and breathe hockey here,” said Sanvido just hours after his arrival. “It is a big change from Seattle, but I am sure I will get used to it and have a good time here.”
The Broncos added some much needed experience on August 1 when they acquired Sanvido and 19-year-old forward Andrew Johnson for a fourth round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
Heading into his overage season, he said he knew a trade was a possibility.
“In the back of my head I knew it could happen. I wasn’t trying to think about it too much and then I got the phone call. It happened and I just have to move on. I am really excited to be part of this organization and hopefully will put together a good season.”
He has played a few games against the Broncos over his career and said that they left an impression on him.
“The Broncos have always been mean and big. I am happy to be on their side of things now. They are a really good team. We will be young this year but I am sure we will be alright, we will be really good.”
The Broncos have always been mean and big. I am happy to be on their side of things now Connor Sanvido
Sanvido is expected to battle for one of three overage spots with veterans Eetu Laurikainen, Graham Black, and Daniel Dale.
“I am just going to work my hardest, come to the rink every day with a winning mentality, and just set a good example for the young kids. All you can really do is work hard and that is all you can ask for out of a person.”
Sanvido registered career highs last season with 15 goals and 14 assists in 72 games during his third full season with Seattle.
“I am a two-way guy. I can play both ends of the ice. I am quick, I am fast, and I can shoot, so I like to use my speed quite a bit,” he said when asked to describe himself.
The 5’10’’, 190-pound right wing believes he has evolved as a hockey player after 191 games with Seattle in the Western Hockey League since 2009.
“I had to learn how to play a complete game. I have really grown the last year, started killing penalties and did a pretty good job of doing that. I have really learned to play both ends of the ice and that is a big part of the game, especially at this level.”