Quinton Waitzner of the Swift Current Broncos is quietly going about his business. The young, 6’5, rookie forward, has become a mainstay in the Broncos lineup. The Broncos have been a force to be reckoned with this year with a 37-13-3-1 and currently rank as one of the CHL’s top teams.
Waitzner, the Victoria, British Columbia native, who has suited up for 38 games, was a 9th round draft pick for the Broncos in 2015. His size, speed, and work ethic have made him a valuable commodity for a Broncos lineup that appear to be a Memorial Cup contender. With NHL prospects like Alexsi Heponiemi, Tyler Steenbergen, and Glenn Gawdin, coach Manny Viveiros and Director of Hockey Operations Jamie Porter are pulling out all the stops to bring a title back to the city of Swift Current. While Waitzner has only knotched one goal this season, the intangibles he provides the Broncos, has allowed him become an everyday player at the WHL level.
Waitzner’s puck pursuit and physicality has captured the hearts of Broncos fans. With countless crushing body checks, Waitzner has started to get under the skin of the opposition, which led to his first career fight in the WHL.
The rookie contributes his on-ice success to the work he’s done off the ice, to continue to improve his strength and skillset. Mentorship from the Broncos coaching and training staff has also been invaluable in helping his game develop. With only a few months under his belt at the WHL level, the sky is the limit for this young power forward.