STEINBACH PISTONS

CONTACT

Steinbach Pistons Junior A Hockey Club

BOX 224 STEINBACH, MANITOBA R5G 1M2
Phone: 204-346-1604

Paul Dyck

GENERAL MANAGER/HEAD COACH
Phone: (204)392-5867

Jamie Roy

SALES/MARKETING DIRECTOR
Phone: (204) 371-5760

EMAIL INQUIRIES?

Email info@steinbachpistons.ca

RECRUITMENT

BUILD YOUR LEGACY

The Steinbach Pistons strive to be the best junior hockey program in Canada. We provide the mentorship, opportunities, and challenges needed to develop individuals of character, leadership, and integrity.

Since a community ownership group bought the team back in 2012, the Pistons own the best record in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). Our organization has seen 15 committed Division I players (11 in the past four years), and one NHL draft pick come through their program (Matthew Thiessen, 2018 7th round, Vancouver Canucks) over this span.

Our objective is to expand a player’s development on and off the ice while pursuing our team goal of a Canadian National Junior ‘A’ Championship.

“Even though I was only in Steinbach for a short period of time, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I grew as a person on and off the ice with the help of my wonderful billets, the coaches, and everybody in the Pistons organization.” 

James Shearer, Pistons Alumni (61 games from 2013-15), Brandon Wheat Kings Captain 2018, University of Calgary commit

OFF-THE-ICE DEVELOPMENT

Over the past 6 years, our organization has continually emphasized a renewed focus on education, and it has paid off in spades. At the end of the 2017-18 season, half of our team was involved in post-secondary education through the support of our post-secondary funding program. We support our players up to a maximum of $2,000 per player while with the team.

Your player will work with educational and leadership coordinators, who teach players to create a personalized goal-setting plan. This includes long and short-term personal goals both on and off the ice. The education coordinator works with players to market themselves to colleges both north and south of the border by creating a cover letter and a film or resume highlighting the player’s skills and achievements. College coaches have shared with us that players who create their own interest, as well as having great coach references, are more likely to be pursued than players who do not put an effort into their own recruitment.

“Through talking to different schools, to just being in the room to talking to the guys, it’s just been an awesome experience to have Paul Dyck there. He’s an unbelievable coach; one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. I’m really lucky to have him there through every step. It takes a lot of hard work to get there and the right path to get there, and the Pistons have been a great opportunity for me to prepare for college hockey.”

Matthew Thiessen, Pistons Alumni (2017-18), MJHL 1st Team All-Star, MJHL All-Rookie Team, University of Maine commit, 2018 7th round NHL Entry Draft pick by the Vancouver Canucks.

The Pistons also encourage our players to get involved in community through our Volunteer Program. Coordinated by our team Chaplain Mike Kehler and our marketing staff, each player, regardless of whether they are involved in school, post-secondary education, or work, is expected to volunteer one hour a week in an area of interest.

This program is where you will see first-hand of the support the community truly has for our organization, and for the player to discover the overwhelming benefits and the satisfaction of giving back to the community that has taken them in. The 2017-18 season was our most beneficial season of volunteering in the community yet, as our players volunteered around 1700 hours in and around Steinbach and the surrounding areas. This included local schools, minor hockey practices, enVision Community Living Centre, and packing hampers for South East Helping Hands at Christmas amongst many others.

Your player will truly get to experience how much the city of Steinbach and its local businesses come together to support our team through community events such as the annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Fire and Ice Banquet, Power Camp, Hockey in the City ball hockey tournament, Summer in the City, and Pioneer Days.

“When it comes to winning (in Steinbach), and when you’re in a winning organization it becomes part of the culture, and it becomes habit which is huge.”

Cole Smith, Pistons Alumni (2014-16), University of North Dakota (2016-20), signed with NHL’s Nashville Predators

ON-ICE DEVELOPMENT

The Pistons are led by Head Coach and General Manager Paul Dyck, who many consider to be one of the best junior hockey coaches in North America. Through playing in Steinbach and the relationships that Paul and the Pistons have built, your players will have every chance to be exposed at every home game to scouts at the NCAA Division I level and U Sports. Your player will also be exposed through subscription service HockeyTV to scouts who watch games online when the Pistons are playing on the road.

The Pistons have gone on a NCAA Division I road trip every year to the University of North Dakota or Bemidji State University. This is so players can see what the next level looks like up close. They receive a tour of the training and equipment facilities and the team dressing room, sit through presentation by former junior A players and former Pistons, college coaches, and college scouts, and take in a game on the trip. The players will watch a team practice, and then practice themselves on the ice.

The Pistons are always looking for new and innovative ways to continue advancing the development of one of their players. Our video coach Graham Pollock is always breaking down game film, and he is available to work with you in a one-on-one session or group setting.

You will also get a chance to play at one of the most unique rinks in all of Manitoba in the TG Smith Centre. The small and friendly confines are packed full with fans each and every game; ready to see the Pistons win. With our recently installed LED jumbo screen, you will get the opportunity to experience a college or pro-like atmosphere while playing junior A hockey!

“My 3 years in Steinbach are the 3 years of my life I have grown the most, both as a player and a person. It’s very contagious in an organization or community to be a good person when you have so many great people around you, so I can’t thank everyone in Steinbach or the Pistons organization enough for that.”

Bradley Schoonbaert, Pistons Alumni (2015-18), tied for franchise lead in Career Goals, 2nd in career assists and points, University of Calgary commit.

Our organization partners with Snap Fitness to provide you with free gym access all year round. We also create and facilitate a team off-ice training program so that you can be at your best every day. Players will work with Skills Development coach J.P. Vigier from Vigier Hockey throughout the season, and goalie coach Guy St. Vincent from Top Shelf Goaltending is here to work with all of the goaltenders during your time in Steinbach.

We offer a state-of-the-art dressing room facility, complete with a player lounge that you have access to when you are hanging out at the rink. You can sit back and watch some TV, play video games, watch movies or Netflix, or play some ping-pong to pass the time before a crucial game.

Do you want to develop as a player on the ice, and grow as a person off the ice? Want the chance to play high level junior hockey in Manitoba? Come and be a part with one of Canada’s most successful and recognized junior A teams, and Build Your Legacy with the Steinbach Pistons.

HISTORY

FRANCHISE BEGINNINGS

Junior hockey returned to the Automobile City in 2009, as the Beausejour Blades were relocated from Beausejour to Steinbach and the franchise was named the ‘Steinbach Pistons’ for the 2009-10 season playing out of the TG Smith Centre.

Former Winnipeg Jets player Rich Gosselin was named the first Head Coach in Pistons history. Gosselin brought his experience of coaching in Europe and several different levels in Southeast Manitoba to the franchise. He coached the Pistons for two and a half seasons from 2009-12.

OWNERSHIP CHANGE

After missing the postseason for the third consecutive season, the franchise was under financial pressure and faced with the real possibility of ending team operations in the summer of 2012. But late that offseason, the team was sold to a group of community owners to keep the team in Steinbach, and in turn the Pistons became a community owned, non-profit organization.

2012-PRESENT

After serving as Interim Head Coach, Paul Dyck was named the permanent Pistons Head Coach/GM shortly after the ownership change. The following eight years have seen the Pistons turn into one of the top junior ‘A’ hockey clubs in the country.

The Pistons shocked the Manitoba hockey landscape by winning the 2013 Turnbull Cup championship over the favorite Dauphin Kings; winning it all just one year after the ownership change, and three consecutive years removed after finishing at or near the bottom of the league standings. The team advanced to the Western Canada Cup in Nanaimo, B.C.

The Pistons made it back to the MJHL finals in 2015 and 2016, and reached 100 points in the regular season for the first time in franchise history in 2018. That team would win Steinbach their second Turnbull Cup over the Virden Oil Capitals, and would go on to take home their first ANAVET Cup title (Manitoba/Saskatchewan regional championship) over the Nipawin Hawks to advance to the RBC Cup in 2018, with both series ending in six games.

Under Dyck’s leadership since 2012, the Steinbach Pistons have amassed a regular season record of 335-110-35, the best in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League over that span. The Pistons have also led the league in average attendance since 2014-15, despite having one of the smallest arenas in the MJHL.

The organization has sent many players onto the next level, as around 75 former Pistons have moved onto NCAA Division I, Division III, and U Sports schools in its history.

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY

2009-10 – 13-43-6

2010-11 – 19-40-3

2011-12 – 15-41-6

2012-13 – 31-25-4

2013-14 – 42-15-3

2014-15 – 39-14-7

2015-16 – 45-10-5

2016-17 – 49-10-1

2017-18 – 48-8-4

2018-19 – 39-17-4

*Season Cancelled due to provincial health restrictions during COVID-19 pandemic

 

2019-20 – 42-10-8

2020-21 – 5-1-1 *

CHAMPIONSHIPS

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: 8 (2013-20)

ADDISON DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (2012-13)

REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS: 3 (2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20)

MJHL TURNBULL CUP APPEARANCES: 4 (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)

MJHL TURNBULL CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 (2013, 2018)

WESTERN CANADA CUP APPEARANCES: 1 (2013)

ANAVET CUP APPEARANCES: 1 (2018)

ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (2018)

CENTENNIAL CUP APPEARANCES: 1 (2018)

Steinbach Pistons 2024 Spring Camp Registration

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2024 STEINBACH PISTONS SPRING CAMP IS NOW OPEN. 

Camp will take place from May 3-5 at the Southdale Community Centre in Winnipeg. The registration fee  for the event is $169. Players will take part in 4 on-ice sessions as well as receive a Pistons CCM practice jersey that they will get to keep. Registration is open by invitation only. 

Please complete the following registration and enjoy the camp!

Questions

Please direct questions to: info@steinbachpsitons.ca

Paul Dyck

GENERAL MANAGER/HEAD COACH

STAFF

HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER – PAUL DYCK

A two-time MJHL Coach of the Year and finalist for 2017 CJHL Coach of the Year, Paul has been involved with the Steinbach Pistons since the 2010/11 season, where he was brought aboard as Assistant Coach and the Director of Sales and Marketing. He was promoted to Interim Head Coach/GM in December 2011, and was named the second Head Coach/GM in franchise history in the summer of 2012.

He played his junior years with the Dauphin Kings in the MJHL and the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Paul was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1991 NHL Draft, and spent the next 15 years playing pro hockey across the globe. He won an IHL title with the Houston Aeros in 1999, and won a DEL championship in Germany with the Krefeld Penguine to advance to the Spengler Cup in 2003.

Under Paul’s leadership, the Pistons have posted a 386-139-39 record and have captured three Turnbull Cup championships in 2013, 2018, 2023, the 2018 ANAVET CUP, and advanced to the 2018 RBC Cup in Chilliwack, B.C. as well as in Portage La Prairie in 2023. The Pistons have seen 31 NCAA Division I commitments under his guidance and have seen over 100 former players move onto a higher level of hockey over the past few years including 2 NHL draft picks with goaltender Matthew Thiessen in 2018 and defenseman Warren Clark in 2023.

Paul has also coached on the national stage, serving as a guest coach and evaluator for Team Canada West from 2013-15, 2016-17, and 2019. He won a gold medal as an Assistant Coach with TCW at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. In addition, he was the Head Coach for Team West at the 2015 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Paul holds the MJHL record for the fastest coach to win 250 career games, doing so in just 376 games.

ASSISTANT COACH – CALVIN BUGYIK

Calvin joined the Steinbach Pistons as Assistant Coach in the summer of 2018 after a decorated coaching tenure in Manitoba U-18 hockey. He played two years of junior ‘A’ hockey as a goaltender with the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs from 1999-2001.

With Calvin on staff, the Pistons have been MJHL Finalists twice and most recently Turnbull Cup Champions in 2023.

Along with working on the farm, Calvin has coached hockey in various levels across the province in the past decade. He was the assistant and head coach of the Hockey Manitoba Directors Cup Prospects team, and held the same roles the Eastman City Selects of the Winnipeg City U-17 Prep League.

From there, he was the head coach of the Eastman Selects of the Manitoba AAA U-18 Hockey League from 2013-16 and guided them to a sparkling 93-28-11 record during that span. And during 2016-18, he was the assistant coach of the Winnipeg Wild and helped guide them to two Manitoba U-18 titles.

VIDEO COACH – GRAHAM POLLOCK

Graham is currently the longest serving member of the Steinbach Pistons’ coaching staff, spending time with the club from 2009 to 2011, and 2012 to present day. He has coached many different levels of hockey over the past 40 years, many of which came while also serving as a member of the RCMP for 38 years.

When he’s not at the rink, Graham (or simply G as we call him), he spend his time chasing his grandkids around, or relaxing at home with his dogs by the pool. Graham currently serves as on the Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue board of directors and serves as Festival Chair on the Summer in the City board.

GOALIE COACH – DAN FERGUSON

Welcome back Dan!

More info coming soon.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COACH – J.P. VIGIER

J.P. was brought aboard as Skills Development Coach in July 2019. He has a notable hockey resume to his name, playing for the Portage Terriers from 1994-96 and then spending four years from 1996-2000 at NCAA Div I Northern Michigan University where he accumulated 61 goals and 125 points in 161 career collegiate games.

He turned pro in 2000 and had a 12 year playing career which included seven seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers organization and five seasons playing in Switzerland. He played five times for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, winning the tournament in 2008.

Vigier returned to Manitoba after his playing career and currently runs Vigier Hockey, a year-round skills development program out of Winnipeg.

ATHLETIC TRAINER – JEFF EIDSE

Jeff has been with the Pistons since the 2016-17 season as Head Trainer. Prior to joining the organization, he worked with the Eastman Selects program for 6 years in various strength and conditioning positions for all of their teams.

In addition to being with the Pistons, Jeff currently owns and operates Sweaty Training and Conditioning; the only semi-private, high performance training centre in Southeastern Manitoba.

DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING – JAMIE ROY

Jamie joined the Pistons as Director of Sales and Marketing at the beginning of May 2020. He has been heavily involved with the club’s game day operations staff, serving as the public address announcer since 2016. Previously, he spent two years with Golden West Radio as a news reporter, connecting with various people and businesses around Southeast Manitoba.

Outside of the rink, he is an avid golfer and frequently competes in Golf Manitoba events around the province.  Jamie captured the 2019 Manitoba Rural Amateur Championship and is back to back club champion of Quarry Oaks Golf Course in 2021 & 2022. Sources say his game is ready for a 3-peat. Stay tuned… Can confirm he did not 3-peat.

TICKET & MARKETING MANAGER

TBD

LEADERSHIP/EDUCATION ADVISOR – LOUIS COTE

Louis has been involved in the Pistons organization as the Education/Leadership Advisor since the 2014-15 season, helping the players develop on and off-ice goals and setting them up for success in the classroom.

TEAM CHAPLAIN – MIKE KEHLER

Mike has been involved with the Pistons since day one as their team chaplain. He currently works with Youth for Christ in Steinbach as well as FCA Huddles, forming relationships with hockey players from all across southern Manitoba.

He also coordinates many different volunteer opportunities for Pistons players to participate in.

SCOUTING STAFF

David Anning

HEAD SCOUT

Nick Lubimiv

MANITOBA SCOUT

Jude Boulianne

NORTHERN MINNESOTA SCOUT

SUPPORT STAFF

Stacy Froese

BILLET COORDINATOR

Rhonda Wohlgemuth

BOOKKEEPER

Dave Blatz

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Shannon Dyck

GAME DAY COORDINATOR

Bill Dyck

GAME DAY OPERATIONS

Russ Dyck

GAME DAY OPERATIONS

Percy Kowalchuk

HEAD OF SECURITY

Dave Anthony

PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Grant Lazaruk

TEAM PRESIDENT/GOVERNOR

Claude Vielfaure

VICE-PRESIDENT

Dale Wohlgemuth

Darren Klassen

Pat Penner

Kevin Geisheimer

Kent Ledingham

OUR PROGRAM

VISION

To be the Best Junior Hockey program in Canada

MISSION STATEMENT

Provide the mentorship, opportunities and challenges needed to develop individuals of leadership, integrity and character.

HOW DO WE DO THIS?

  • Engagement with the Community
  • Required Weekly Volunteer Involvement
  • One-on-One Leadership Coaching on and off the Ice
  • Educational Advisor Assisting with College Requirements
  • NCAA/CIS Scout Exposure
  • NCAA Division 1 Team Road Trip/Tour/Presentation
  • Chaplaincy Program with Mental/Spiritual Support
  • Billet Coordinator who Assists in Finding Intentional Homes
  • Gym Access with Accountability
  • Team Off-Ice Training Program
  • Quality Coaches and Staff
  • Skilled Teammates Creating Competitive Environment
  • New Equipment Provided
  • Improved Video Feed to assist College Recruitment/Better Fan Viewing
  • Professional Dressing Room

WHY DO WE DO THIS?

Our objective is for our players to realize who he is through personal development both on and off the ice. Our goal is to see each player reach their full potential as young men and as players, while pursuing our team goal of a National Championship.

Player Development

ATHLETE CENTERED PLANNING

The coordinator teaches players to create an individualized goal-setting plan which includes long term and short term personal goals for hockey, off-ice interests and their future (career, schooling, etc.).

EDUCATIONAL PLANNING

The coordinator guides and support the players throughout the season in regards to their current and future education plans which also includes informing and preparing players for college SAT/ACT exams.

COLLEGE RECRUITMENT

The coordinator works with the player to market themselves to suitable colleges by creating a cover letter and a player profile/resume which highlights the player’s achievements and skills. College coaches have shared with us that players who create their own interest, as well as having great coach references, are more likely to be pursued than players who do not put an effort into their own recruitment.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The coordinator works with other Pistons staff to help create learning opportunities for the players in the following areas:

  • Servant Leadership: volunteer opportunities in and around the Steinbach area
  • Mentoring: visiting schools and helping at local hockey practices where players learn the importance of being a role model to kids.
  • Self-Leadership: the development of the athlete centered plan and process of achieving their goals allow the players to develop this skill.
  • Group Leadership: This includes meetings among the group captains, team areas (ex. Defenseman, power play etc.) and discussion of how to be a leader on a sports team and amongst a group of people.

POST SECONDARY FUNDING

Our program will support our players up to a maximum of $2,000 on his post secondary classes while with the team. This furthers our commitment on creating opportunities for our players off the ice.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Each player, regardless whether they are involved in school, work, or regular volunteering during the week, is expected to volunteer one hour a week somewhere in the community; preferable in areas of interest. Players learn to give back to the community and discover the overwhelming satisfaction and benefits of volunteerism.

PLAYER ADVANCEMENT

The organization is always looking for new ways to advance the development of players. One of those ways is through our video coach Graham Pollock, who is constantly breaking down game video to review one-on-one or in a group setting. The Pistons also have a partnership with Snap Fitness, providing all the players with free gym access during the year.  Along with that, the Pistons’ create and facilitate a team off ice training program.

BILLET PROGRAM

Our organization created and maintains a lengthy Billet Manual that consists of our organizations rules and regulations in the requirements and expectations needed to host a Steinbach Pistons player. Stacy Froese, our billet coordinator, facilitates this manual and is diligent in seeking intention billet homes that are eager to have a player join their family.

HockeyTV: CREATE A BETTER PRODUCTION

We are always looking to take the next steps in improving our HockeyTV Production. HockeyTV is an online video broadcast service of our games. This service is terrific in raising awareness for player recruitment, and increasing the viewing experience for fans abroad.

PISTONS COMMUNITY EVENTS

Another way the Pistons get engaged with the community is through team events such as the Pistons Fire & Ice Banquet, Golf Tournament,  Meet the Pistons, Power Camp, ‘Hockey in the City’ Street Hockey Tournament and Steinbach’s annual ‘Summer in The City’ and Pioneer Days Parade.

CHAPEL/SUPPORT PROGRAM

The Hockey Chapel program offers a safe, emotional and spiritual place for players regardless of one’s personal church or non-church perspective to talk about life, hockey, and spiritual matters. Chapels are held every other week during the regular season prior to practice. Attendance is voluntary.

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