Monday night the Swift Current Broncos won the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the first time in 25 years.

The win was in front of a sold-out Innovation Credit Union iPlex, including Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault.

Perrault said that the win isn't just big for the team, and the community, but for all the fans of the Broncos.

"It's a huge win for the Broncos organization, but it's big for our whole community, it's big for Broncos nation which goes way past our borders," he said. "We see people from all across the southwest pack this place all year long; We've got the most passionate fans in the rink.

"I'm so proud of Manny (Viveiros) and his coaching staff, so proud of our young men that truly are community leaders. Bringing home the WHL cup on the anniversary of our Memorial Cup win in 1989; It's absolutely phenomenal. We're savouring this. It's a big, big, night in Swift."

Perrault added that he's excited to see the fan support for the Broncos continue in Regina during the Memorial Cup.

"To the Memorial Cup organizers, I hope you've got enough bandwidth because I got a hunch there are a lot of Broncos fans buying tickets right now in Regina," he said. "The Memorial Cup is big, and I'm grateful it's going to be right here in Saskatchewan and right now half of the teams are made up of our province. I'm so excited for what's coming next."

Normal Krell has been a fan of the Broncos ever since he moved to the city in the 1990's. He said it's been great to see the fanbase support the team.

"For the community it's monstrous. It's just unbelievable," he said. "We (fans) were getting quite stagnate I thought for a while. A couple of years ago you could rattle your drink in here. They've embraced these young guys on the ice, and it's great."

Kyle McIntyre is a member of the Broncos board of directors and said that the atmosphere in the iPlex on Monday night was phenomenal.

"The fans and the whole community of the southwest we're behind the Broncos," he said. "It's very exciting for the southwest and for the community of Swift Current. A lot of people, volunteers, fans, and players have gone through this organization, and I think everyone is a Bronco and everyone feels special and apart of this celebration."

McIntyre added that he feels this championship run has created a lot of new Broncos fans.

"A lot of people that are fans now weren't fans 25 years ago, so we`ve got a lot of young fans," he said. "We've renewed our fan base, and Broncos fever is alive and well in Bronco nation."

One of the important people in getting new fans to embrace the Broncos was Director of Business Operations for the Broncos Dianne Sletten. She said she was overjoyed when the clock hit zero, and the Broncos won their third WHL Championship. 

"I can't believe I'm apart of this," she said. "This is something you only dream about, and I'm unbelievably excited. I cannot imagine how these players are feeling right now, what an accomplishment, and the fans, it's just unbelievable."

Sletten added that they are going to enjoy the win for a while before they get back to business. 

"It was a year that we all worked so hard everywhere in this business, to try and make it this happen, and they did it," she said. "We are going to enjoy this one tonight, we will kind of figure out some stuff for what kind of tickets we need, for the parents, what we can get for them, we have a PBR to plan in two weeks so that we will work on that too."

Sletten and the rest of the Broncos organization will now turn their attention to the Memorial Cup. The Broncos play their first game Saturday at 2 p.m. against the QMJHL champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

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