December 30, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of one of the darkest and most significant dates in the history of the WHL. On December 30th, 1986, the Swift Current Broncos team bus crashed en route to a game in Regina against the Pats. That tragic event claimed the lives of four Bronco players: Trent Kresse, Chris Mantyka, Brent Ruff and Scott Kruger.
On Friday, December 30th, 2011, the Regina Pats will be hosting the Swift Current Broncos. That night, the Pats and Broncos will honour and remember the 4 Broncos that perished 25 years ago with a pregame ceremony that will involve former players from both the 1986-87 Regina Pats and Swift Current Broncos teams.
Regina Pats President Brent Parker, “The events that occurred twenty five years ago are forever etched in the minds and memories of everyone involved in the WHL and with the Broncos playing in Regina on the 25th anniversary we felt it was imperative that we remember the young men that were lost.”
In attendance from the Broncos will be Tim Tisdale. Tim was in his rookie season with the Broncos during the 1986-87 season and was on the bus that fateful night. He went on to play two more seasons with Swift Current before embarking on a pro and coaching career that included a head coaching stint with the Pats in 1999-2000.
Representing the Regina Pats will be Darrin McKechnie. Darrin was 19 years old and in his first year with the Regina Pats during the 1986-87 season. He went on to play another season with the blue and white in 1987-88.