Steinbach Pistons

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Steinbach Pistons
Steinbach Pistons 2013.jpg
City Steinbach, Manitoba
League Manitoba Junior Hockey League
Founded1988
Home arena T.G. Smith Centre
ColoursNavy blue, blue, white, grey             
Owner(s)Steinbach Pistons, Inc.
General manager Paul Dyck
Head coachPaul Dyck
Media www.SteinbachOnline.com
AM Radio 1250
Mix 96.7 FM
Country 107.7 FM
Website www.steinbachpistons.ca
Franchise history
1988-1991Southeast Thunderbirds
1991-1992Southeast T-Birds
1992-2007Southeast Blades
2007-2009Beausejour Blades
2009-PresentSteinbach Pistons

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

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History

Southeast Thunderbirds/T-Birds/Blades

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. The team was renamed the Southeast Blades in 1992. After taking a leave of absence for the 1996-97 season, the Blades moved northeast of Winnipeg to Sagkeeng First Nation. The Blades played ten seasons in Sagkeeng, the most successful being the 2002-03 season when they advanced to the Turnbull Cup finals which they lost to the OCN Blizzard.

Beausejour Blades

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Beausejour Blades (2007-2009)

The Beausejour Blades were formed in 2007 following the sale and relocation of the team to the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour. The move did not improve the team's fortunes; the Blades managed to win only 13 games over the two seasons of their existence. [1]

Steinbach Pistons

During the 2009 Allan Cup in Steinbach, Manitoba, the City of Steinbach, together with Blades management, announced that the team would be relocating to Steinbach for the 2009–10 MJHL season. [2] The team was renamed the Steinbach Pistons, in recognition of the city's reputation as "The Automobile City". [3] Steinbach was previously home to a MJHL team called the Hawks from 1985 to 1988. [1] [4]

Despite the team's improved record after the move to Steinbach, the Pistons failed to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first three seasons. [5] The team's continued poor performance and strained financial position spurred a group of investors from the local business community to purchase the Pistons in 2012 and convert it to a community-owned organization. [6] [7] The next season, the Pistons ended the franchise's ten year playoff drought and captured their first Turnbull Cup.

The Pistons enjoyed their best season in 2017-2018 when the team won its second Turnbull Cup, defeated the Nipawin Hawks to win the ANAVET Cup, and qualified for the national championship for the first time. [4]

Season-by-season record

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

SeasonGP W L T OTLGF GA PointsFinishPlayoffs
1988-89481470-17744929th MJHLDNQ
1989-905220311-282342418th MJHLLost Round 1
1990-91488382-216347189th MJHLDNQ
1991-92482460010645349th MJHLDNQ
1992-9348162930224307359th MJHLDNQ
1993-9456103411----229th MJHLDNQ
1994-9555213013196271468th MJHLLost Round 1
1995-965654920144404129th MJHLLost Round 1
1996-97Did Not Participate
1997-98622038222313004410th MJHLDNQ
1998-9961213820234265448th MJHLDNQ
1999-00642926-9282285678th MJHLDNQ
2000-0164755-21604051612th MJHLDNQ
2001-02642336-52022865110th MJHLDNQ
2002-03634018-5265210855th MJHLLost Final
2003-04641250021843892611th MJHLDNQ
2004-0563750241653312011th MJHLDNQ
2005-0663183456198293479th MJHLDNQ
2006-0763946531813562611th MJHLDNQ
2007-0862750-51654001911th MJHLDNQ
2008-09 62652-41474241611th MJHLDNQ
2009-10 621343-61853083211th MJHLDNQ
2010-11 621940-32032774111th MJHLDNQ
2011-12 621541-61883193610th MJHLDNQ
2012-13 603125-4224211665th MJHLWon League
2013-14 604216-2216147862nd MJHLLost Semi-final
2014-15 603914-7218150852nd MJHLLost Final
2015-16 604510-5251138952nd MJHLLost Final
2016-17 604910-1249124991st MJHLLost Semi-final
2017-18 60488-42961301001st MJHLWon League, Won AC
2018-19 603417-4197127823rd MJHLLost Semi-final

Playoffs

Kildonan North Stars defeated Southeast Thunderbirds 4-games-to-none
St. Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-1
St. Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-none
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
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-2MJHL CHAMPIONS
Fifth and eliminated from 2013 Western Canada Cup round robin (0-4)
Steinbach Pistons defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg Blues defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-1
Steinbach Pistons defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-0
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-1
Portage Terriers defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-0
Steinbach Pistons defeated Swan Valley Stampeders 4-games-to-0
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-3
Portage Terriers defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-1
Steinbach Pistons defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-2
Portage Terriers defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-2
Steinbach Pistons defeated Swan Valley Stampeders 4-games-to-0
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2
Steinbach Pistons defeated Virden Oil Capitals 4-games-to-2MJHL CHAMPIONS
Steinbach Pistons defeated Nipawin Hawks 4-games-to-2ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Fifth and eliminated from 2018 Royal Bank Cup round robin (0-2-2)
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2
Swan Valley Stampeders defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-2

Royal Bank Cup

Canadian Jr. A National Championships
Dudley Hewitt Champions – Central, Fred Page Champions – Eastern, Doyle Cup Champion – Pacific, ANAVET Cup Champion – Western, and Host
Round-robin play with top four in semifinal games and winners to finals.

YearRound-robinRecord
W–OTW–OTL–L
StandingSemifinalGold medal game
2018 L, Wenatchee Wild (Pacific) 3–4
OTL, Wellington Dukes (Central) 2–3
OTL, Ottawa Jr. Senators (Eastern) 4–5
L, Chilliwack Chiefs (Host) 1–4
0–0–2–25th of 5Did not advance

See also

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