Steinbach Pistons

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Steinbach Pistons
Steinbach Pistons 2013.jpg
City Steinbach, Manitoba
League Manitoba Junior Hockey League
Founded 1988
Home arena T.G. Smith Centre
Colours

Blue, White, Black

              
Owner(s) Steinbach Pistons, Inc.
General manager Canada Paul Dyck
Head coach Canada Paul Dyck
Media AM Radio 1250
Mix 96.7 FM
www.SteinbachOnline.com
Website www.steinbachpistons.ca
Franchise history
1988-1991 Southeast Thunderbirds
1991-1992 Southeast T-Birds
1992-2007 Southeast Blades
2007-2009 Beausejour Blades
2009-Present Steinbach Pistons

The Steinbach Pistons are a Canadian Junior "A" ice hockey team from Steinbach, Manitoba. They are members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, which is a member of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

History[edit]

Southeast Thunderbirds/T-Birds/Blades[edit]

Southeast Blades (1997-2007)

The MJHL granted an expansion team to the Southeast Tribal Council, a group of First Nation bands in southeastern Manitoba, to begin play in the 1988-89 season. The team was known as the Southeast Thunderbirds and played out of the Notre Dame Arena in Winnipeg. After three seasons, the team shortened its name to the Southeast T-Birds for one season, before becoming the Southeast Blades starting in the 1992-93 season.

The Blades were granted a leave of absence from the MJHL for the 1996-97 season. The team returned the following season, moving to the Sagkeeng Multiplex, located on the Sagkeeng First Nation, northeast of Winnipeg. The Blades played ten seasons in Sagkeeng, their best season in 2002-03, when the team finished second in the Addision Division with 87 points. The Blades advanced to the Turnbull Cup finals, but lost to the OCN Blizzard.

Beausejour Blades[edit]

Beausejour Blades (2007-2009)

The Blades were sold to Mel Sonnenburg during the summer of 2007. The team relocated to the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour and was renamed the Beausejour Blades. The Blades played two seasons in Beausejour, winning only 13 games during that span.

Steinbach Pistons[edit]

During the 2009 Allan Cup in Steinbach, Manitoba, the City of Steinbach announced that the club would be relocating to Steinbach for the 2009-10 season.[1] Following a local contest, the team was renamed the Steinbach Pistons. Steinbach was previously home to the MJHL's Steinbach Hawks from 1985 to 1988.[2] Despite the team's improved record, the Pistons did not qualify for the playoffs during their first three seasons after the move.[3]

In August 2012, the team was sold to Steinbach Pistons, Inc., a community owned, non-profit organization.[4][5] The following season, the Pistons ended the franchise's ten year playoff drought and won their first Turnbull Cup, which earned the team a berth in the inaugural Western Canada Cup.[2]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1988-89 48 1 47 0 - 177 449 2 9th MJHL DNQ
1989-90 52 20 31 1 - 282 342 41 8th MJHL Lost Round 1
1990-91 48 8 38 2 - 216 347 18 9th MJHL DNQ
1991-92 48 2 46 0 0 106 453 4 9th MJHL DNQ
1992-93 48 16 29 3 0 224 307 35 9th MJHL DNQ
1993-94 56 10 34 1 1 -- -- 22 9th MJHL DNQ
1994-95 55 21 30 1 3 196 271 46 8th MJHL Lost Round 1
1995-96 56 5 49 2 0 144 404 12 9th MJHL Lost Round 1
1996-97 Did Not Participate
1997-98 62 20 38 2 2 231 300 44 10th MJHL DNQ
1998-99 61 21 38 2 0 234 265 44 8th MJHL DNQ
1999-00 64 29 26 - 9 282 285 67 8th MJHL DNQ
2000-01 64 7 55 - 2 160 405 16 12th MJHL DNQ
2001-02 64 23 36 - 5 202 286 51 10th MJHL DNQ
2002-03 63 40 18 - 5 265 210 85 5th MJHL Lost Final
2003-04 64 12 50 0 2 184 389 26 11th MJHL DNQ
2004-05 63 7 50 2 4 165 331 20 11th MJHL DNQ
2005-06 63 18 34 5 6 198 293 47 9th MJHL DNQ
2006-07 63 9 46 5 3 181 356 26 11th MJHL DNQ
2007-08 62 7 50 - 5 165 400 19 11th MJHL DNQ
2008-09 62 6 52 - 4 147 424 16 11th MJHL DNQ
2009-10 62 13 43 - 6 185 308 32 11th MJHL DNQ
2010-11 62 19 40 - 3 203 277 41 11th MJHL DNQ
2011-12 62 15 41 - 6 188 319 36 10th MJHL DNQ
2012-13 60 31 25 - 4 224 211 66 5th MJHL Won League
2013-14 60 42 16 - 2 216 147 86 2nd MJHL Lost Semi-final

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1989 DNQ
  • 1990 Lost Div Semi Final
Kildonan North Stars defeated Southeast Thunderbirds 4-games-to-none
  • 1991 DNQ
  • 1992 DNQ
  • 1993 DNQ
  • 1994 Lost Div Semi Final
St. Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-1
  • 1995 Lost Div Semi Final
St. Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-none
  • 1996 DNQ
  • 1997 Did Not Participate
  • 1998 DNQ
  • 1999 DNQ
  • 2000 DNQ
  • 2001 DNQ
  • 2002 DNQ
  • 2003 Lost Final
Southeast Blades defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-3
Southeast Blades defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
OCN Blizzard defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-none
  • 2004 DNQ
  • 2005 DNQ
  • 2006 DNQ
  • 2007 DNQ
  • 2008 DNQ
  • 2009 DNQ
  • 2010 DNQ
  • 2011 DNQ
  • 2012 DNQ
  • 2013 Won League, Lost in 2013 Western Canada Cup round robin
Steinbach Pistons defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-3
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2
Steinbach Pistons defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-2 MJHL CHAMPIONS
Fifth and eliminated from 2013 Western Canada Cup round robin (0-4)
  • 2014 Lost Division Final
Steinbach Pistons defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg Blues defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steinbach welcomes MJHL". MJHL. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Steinbach Pistons pumped". Winnipeg Sun. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Jeremy St. Louis (15 Dec 2011). "Rich Gosselin Resigns From Pistons". SteinbachOnline.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  4. ^ "City Council Applauds Local Ownership Of Pistons". Steinbachonline.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Steinbach Pistons Sold". Winnipeg Sun. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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