Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chynoweth joins the Islanders

Press Release

Swift Current, SK --- The Board of Directors of the Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Head Coach and General Manager Dean Chynoweth has accepted an assistant coaching position with the New York Islanders organization.

“Not unlike our players, we realize our staff is committed to trying to advance to the highest levels of hockey,” commented Chairman of the Board, Al Stewart. “We’re pleased that Dean has used his time in Swift Current to develop the skills and attributes necessary to be an assistant coach at the National Hockey League level.”

In five seasons with the Broncos, Chynoweth led the club to increased win totals each year. This past season, the club finished 4th in the Eastern Conference with their second straight 40 plus win season (42). In addition, the club’s season ticket base and overall attendance has improved each of the last 5 seasons. Prior to joining the Broncos, Chynoweth was the Head Coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds for 4 seasons.

“Dean is leaving after making dramatic changes to our organization in five years and he should be proud of his accomplishments,” says Stewart. “He leaves to his successor a strong and growing fan base, a deep and talented player list, a newly renovated arena, a brand new dressing room and training facility, a winning Hockey Club, and a solid organization who have all benefitted and developed in their own right through Dean’s involvement with the team.”

Chynoweth is thankful for his time in Swift Current. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Board who have supported me full heartedly from the time I arrived in Swift Current and never wavered. I would also like to thank the Board for a tremendous opportunity over the past five years to work towards rebuilding the Bronco program to a consistent level of success both on the ice and off.” Chynoweth adds: “I have enjoyed my time with the Broncos, the City of Swift Current and the many friends I have made here. It is a truly special place and I am extremely proud of the work the staff and I have accomplished during my tenure.”

Chynoweth returns to Long Island after being drafted 13th over-all by New York in 1987. He played 8 of his 10 NHL seasons with the Islanders.

The Board of Directors thank Dean, Rebecca, and Stella for their commitment to the organization and community, and wish them all of the best as they move on to the Islanders organization.

The Board of Directors will start the search for Dean’s replacement immediately.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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