Josh Anderson is off to the Memorial Cup tournament with the WHL champion Swift Current Broncos. (Citizen file)

Duncan’s Anderson bound for Memorial Cup

Swift Current Broncos to play for national junior championship

Josh Anderson is headed for major junior hockey’s biggest stage.

The Duncan defenceman will play for the Memorial Cup after helping the Swift Current Broncos win the Western Hockey League championship on Sunday.

The Broncos closed out the best-of-seven championship series with a 3-0 win, knocking off the Everett Silvertips four games to two.

After dropping the series opener 2-1 on May 4, the Broncos came back to win the next two games in overtime. They won 1-0 last Wednesday to take a stranglehold on the series. The Silvertips pushed back to win 6-3 last Friday, but the Broncos locked up the title on Sunday.

On their way to the championship series, Swift Current beat the Regina Pats four games to three, the Moose Jaw Warriors four games to three, and the Lethbridge Hurricanes four games to two. Anderson has played all 26 playoff games for the Broncos in the playoffs, recording two assists, a minus-5, 15 penalty minutes, and 42 shots on goal.

The 19-year-old defenceman was born in Nanaimo, and grew up in Lake Cowichan and Duncan, playing in the Cowichan Valley Minor Hockey Association. After he was drafted third overall by the Prince George Cougars in 2013 — one spot ahead of current Philadelphia Flyers forward Nolan Patrick — Anderson spent one year in the B.C. Major Midget League, then jumped to the WHL. He played with the Cougars from 2014 until the 2018 trade deadline, when he was shipped to Swift Current.

Anderson was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche 71st overall in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and signed an entry-level contract with the Avs in March.

Also skating on the Swift Current blueline is Victoria product Jacson Alexander, who played at Shawnigan Lake School from 2015-2017, earning a scholarship to the University of Denver. He started the 2017-18 with the B.C. Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies, then switched to the WHL partway through the season. Alexander has also appeared in all 26 playoff games with the Broncos, posting one assist, a minus-two, two penalty minutes and nine shots on goal.

The Memorial Cup tournament starts Friday in Regina, where the Broncos will be joined by the Ontario League champion Hamilton Bulldogs, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and the host Regina Pats.

Swift Current won both the WHL title and Memorial Cup in 1989, and also appeared in the 1993 Memorial Cup tournament as WHL champions.

Just Posted

Lynne Smith humbled by mandate given to her by Saltair/Thetis voters

New Area G director looking forward to the challenge and representing her community well

Amazing artist JW-Jones brings his act to the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton

Live act by a master bluesman something to see and hear

Do you know the rules for backyard burning in North Cowichan?

“Know the rules and check before you burn!” warns the municipality’s website.

Acclaimed organist Michael Bloss performs at St. John’s Cobble Hill on Oct. 28

The parish church of St. John the Baptist in Cobble Hill will… Continue reading

Exclusive Quamichan stop for huge map of Indigenous Canada

It takes up the better part of a room, and is highly detailed, offering a new look at Canada

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

CFL playoff picture still muddled heading into weekend action

League revealed last week no fewer than 64 potential playoff permutations

New monitoring of vessel noise impact on endangered whales announced

Federal government to monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in B.C.’s Salish Sea

Most Read