Sudden Death

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-09
  • Publisher: Dundurn Pr Ltd

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On December 30, 1986, the Swift Current Broncos set out for Regina to play the Pats. A few kilometres east of Swift Current, their bus left the highway and four players died in the crash. Two seasons later the Broncos won the 1989 Memorial Cup. Graham James, general manager and head coach, was the hottest thing in hockey. But few were aware of what was going on behind the scenes. In 1996, having moved on to the Calgary Hitmen, James was charged with sexual assault when Sheldon Kennedy, who had been in the crash and was part of the Memorial Cup-winning team, brought forth allegations. This book tells the stories of those involved in the crash, in the championship, and in all that followed.

Author Biography

Leesa Culp was one of the few witnesses to the Swift Current Broncos bus crash. She has been published by The Hockey News, the Penticton Herald, and the Sudbury Star. Gregg Drinnan has been a sports journalist for forty years and is the sports editor at the Kamloops Daily News. Bob Wilkie was a Swift Current Broncos defenceman from 1986 to 1989. Later he played in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Brian Costellop. 9
The Road Backp. 13
The Crashp. 24
The Broncos Come Homep. 33
The RCMP Officerp. 40
The Hospitalp. 46
Leesa's Ridep. 53
The Invisible Goaltendersp. 62
Sober's Storyp. 72
Saying Goodbyep. 83
The Captainp. 93
The Trainerp. 100
The Unclep. 106
Just an Ordinary Joep. 112
The Coroner's Reportp. 117
Back on the Icep. 120
The 1989 Memorial Cupp. 130
The Coach, Part 1p. 146
The Coach, Part 2p. 153
The Coach, Part 3p. 161
Leaving Swift Currentp. 169
Where Are They Now?p. 179
Statisticsp. 195
Acknowledgementsp. 203
Resourcesp. 209
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