EDMONTON, AB - Goaltender Stuart Skinner isn't afraid of being honest.
The Swift Current Broncos goalie and Oilers prospect didn't mince words in his post-game media scrum following Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the host Regina Pats at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, which saw the Broncos be eliminated from the tournament.
"I feel really bad about how I played today," the 78th-overall selection at the 2017 NHL Draft said. "I feel like I let the team down but what can you do now? It's a tough way to go but at the same time, we had a fantastic season and I couldn't be more proud of the guys."
Taking the loss in stride, Skinner shared some love for his teammates in front of a throng of reporters.
"To be honest with you guys, I've never had so much fun in my entire life," Skinner continued. "Going to Swift Current and getting the brothers that I have in that room. The family, all the laughs, all the smiles that I get going to the rink every single day. I've never been so happy in my life.
"The season might be over and we might be saying 'goodbye' to a few guys but we're always going to stay in contact. We're family for life now."
After a 72-game WHL season, 26-game WHL playoff run and three outings at the 100th Memorial Cup, the Broncos played 101 games total in 2017-18.
"The adversity, the pain, the sweat, the tears and obviously now this, it just makes you more of a brotherhood," Skinner said.
"I'm blessed to say I'm a Swift Current Bronco."
The 19-year-old is still eligible to be an overage with the Broncos next season.