The Steinbach Pistons added depth at forward and defence ahead of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League trade deadline, Wednesday evening.

 Head coach and general manager Paul Dyck spoke about the first move made and it was to bring back a familiar face. "It was a quieter day across the league but we were able to make a couple moves that will solidify our lineup. First, is the return of Riley Bruce from the Regina Pats. Riley played a game for us last year, he's a draft pick of ours and brings some toughness to his game. He's a pretty skilled player as well. He's younger, he'll bring enthusiasm and some toughness."

Dyck wasn't done as he also added to the Pistons forward depth. "Danny Pion is from BC, he's a '98 forward and has the ability to play different spots in our lineup. There's a lot of potential. We felt like it was necessary to add a piece up front. Danny is a responsible player, he's got some real upside. We watched his game, liked the decisions he made. He's got offensive upside and the fact he's a '98 and to have him around for the next two years was appealing. He's a motivated young man, in fact, I found it interesting, his first language is French and has only been in Nanaimo for 5 months but he's pretty close to fluent. It shows the level of commitment and he wants to be a hockey player."

With the moves to add, Dyck had the difficult task of moving a player out. He explains the move. "We moved David Beauchamp and it was a real tough move. Davis is one of the classiest guys you'll ever find. He was a favourite in our room and was great in the community. He was great to coach and it's always tough. On paper, the moves are simple but the moves impact players as individuals. He'll be going to Thief River Falls. It's a matter of him needing to see game action. He needs to play bigger minutes. I know the guys down there in Thief and it's a good group of paper. Once he's there, he'll be a good addition and I think he'll enjoy it as well."

The Steinbach Pistons sit first in the MJHL and Dyck talked about his strategy going in and ultimately, what happened at the deadline. "We felt like, if we could make a move that would make us better, we'll do it. We're not going to force a trade just for the sake of a trade. We feel we are better today with the players we've brought in."

Both Bruce and Pion could be in Steinbach as early as Wednesday afternoon.

Steinbach welcomes in the OCN Blizzard tonight. Puck drops at 7:30pm at the TG Smith Centre. Stream the game through SteinbachOnline.com right here: https://www.steinbachonline.com/pistons-schedule

 

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Monday, January 22nd

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Varsity Boys Basketball
SRSS vs J.H. Bruns
@ Wpg, 7:30 p.m.

WHSHL
SRSS 2 Kildonan East 0

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman 11 Interlake 0

HTJHL
St. Adolphe 4 Mitchell 3

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Ste. Anne vs Red River
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.

NHL
Detroit 3 New Jersey 0
Colorado 4 Toronto 2
Minnesota 3 Ottawa 1
Tampa Bay 2 Chicago 0
Arizona 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)
Buffalo 2 Calgary 1 (OT)

NBA
Charlotte 112 Sacramento 107
Atlanta 104 Utah 90
Memphis 105 Philadelphia 101
Houston 99 Miami 90
New Orleans 132 Chicago 128 (OT)
Milwaukee 109 Phoenix 105
Dallas 98 Washington 75
Denver 104 Portland 101
Minnesota at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23rd

South Central Athletic Conference
Junior Varsity Boys Basketball
SRSS vs J.H. Bruns
@ Steinbach, 6 p.m.

MJHL
Selkirk at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Dauphin at OCN, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains at Wpg Bruins, 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Seattle, 9:05 p.m.

NHL
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
New Jersey at Boston, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
Ottawa at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Florida at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Buffao at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Columbus at Vegas, 9 p.m.
Winnipeg at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Sacramento at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
New York at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
Boston at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

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