Dauphin, Canada

The Swan Valley Stampeders are fresh off making the playoffs last season, and they've been busy this offseason which has included hiring Cody Manchester as the team's Director of Marketing.

He'll return for his second year with the organization after holding the position in the summer of 2017.
 
"It really means a lot to me to be named the Director of Marketing," said Manchester. "Swan River is a really great place to live. The Stampeders are going into their 20th year, and it's an honour to be a part of the organization."
 
"The coaching staff has done a tremendous job getting quality players on the ice," he added. "And, the community has been so welcoming. It's just a great feeling."
 
Heading into their 20th season, the Stampeders have an Alumni Weekend in the works, which will include a golf tournament and the Stampeders "Home Opener" on September 22 against the OCN Blizzard at 7:30.
 
"We're going to be implementing a few other things this year including social media, some video and maybe even a little Stampeder reporter," he added. "There's going to be some big things going on here this year, and we're really looking forward to it."
 
If you're wondering why you should head to the Centennial Arena this winter to watch the Stampeders, Cody has a few solid reasons for you to do so.
 
"We've had several commits already, and I don't think we've ever had this many during my 12-13 years in Swan Valley," said Manchester. "The talent really is top notch. It's going to be a great year, and we're also going to have some activities so you fans can get involved throughout the games."
 
Activities you ask? Cody has more.
 
"We're in the planning phase for some pretty fun activities," he added. "We're looking at something like a "Hungry Hippo" or "Musical Chairs" or something like that. We want the fans to come out and enjoy the game, and have some fun while doing so."
 
Cody officially commences his duties with the Stampeders on July 15.
 
AUDIO: Cody Manchester.