Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Swift Current Broncos held a news conference on Tuesday and introduced Dianne Sletten as their new assistant general manager — business operations. . . . According to a news release from the Broncos: “Dianne will be the first female Assistant General Manager in the Western Hockey League.” . . . “That is what we believe,’’ Sletten told Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post. “So far, nobody has been able to tell us differently. I was really surprised, to be honest. I guess it’s always nice to be first at something. I never, ever thought that was the case.’’ . . . There are other women in WHL front offices. For example, Brandi Brodsky is the vice-president of the Prince George Cougars. In Kamloops, Angie Mercuri is the executive director of business operations with the Blazers. . . . And in the WHL office, Yvonne Bergmann is the vice-president, operations. . . . Interestingly, Sletten used to work for Swift Current radio station CKSW as a reporter and, in fact, was involved in coverage of the Dec. 30, 1986 crash of the Broncos’ bus in which four players died. . . . In recent years, she has worked in communications, sales, program development and project management in the public and private sectors. And she has been a Broncos’ season-ticket holder.
F Kevin Sundher of the Brandon Wheat Kings is off the join the Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. Sundher was selected by the Sabres in the third round of the 2010 NHL draft and has since signed with them. . . . Meanwhile, Wheat Kings G Brandon Anderson will finish the season with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Anderson attended the Capitals’ 2011 training camp as a free agent and earned a contract with the NHL team. . . .
William Wise, who once owned the OHL’s Cornwall Royals, has surrendered to authorities and is in San Francisco to face charges involving conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering. It’s all part of an alleged US$129.5-million Ponzi scheme.
Betsy Powell of the Toronto Star has that story right here.

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