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Swift Current junior hockey team fires trainer over 'demeaning, derogatory' comments

The Swift Current Broncos say they have released head athletic trainer and equipment manager Jamie LeBlanc after nine-plus seasons with the Western Hockey League team for "unprofessional behaviour."

Jamie LeBlanc, in his 10th season with WHL club, doubled as equipment manager

The Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League have fired trainer Jamie LeBlanc for "threatening behaviour and unprofessional conduct." (Submitted by scbroncos.com)

The Swift Current Broncos say they have released head athletic trainer and equipment manager Jamie LeBlanc for what the team calls "unprofessional behaviour."

LeBlanc was in his 10th year in the position.

"The decision was made following a recent pattern of demeaning and derogatory comments, threatening behaviour and unprofessional conduct that is inconsistent with the values of the Swift Current Broncos organization and the Western Hockey League," the Saskatchewan team said in a statement released Monday.

The move comes after former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters resigned last week amid allegations he directed a racial slur toward a player 10 years ago in the minors and punched and kicked players behind the bench during his time with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Requests for comment sent to the Broncos, WHL and LeBlanc by The Canadian Press were not immediately returned.

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