|League||Manitoba Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||T.G. Smith Centre|
Blue, White, Black, Gray
|Owner(s)||Steinbach Pistons, Inc.|
|General manager||Paul Dyck|
|Head coach||Paul Dyck|
|Media||AM Radio 1250
Mix 96.7 FM
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Rich Gosselin, a former star with EHC Biel of the Swiss-A league, was hired as the Piston's first head coach. Despite steady improvement in their first two seasons in Steinbach, the Pistons finished last in both. Gosselin resigned on December 15, 2011, with assistant coach Paul Dyck, a ten year veteran of the International Hockey League, taking over the head coaching duties.
In August 2012, the league approved the sale of the team to Steinbach Pistons, Inc., a community owned, non-profit organization. The following season, the Pistons ended the franchise's ten year playoff drought and won their first league championship.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1989-90||52||20||31||1||-||282||342||41||8th MJHL||Lost Round 1|
|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|
|2002-03||63||40||18||-||5||265||210||85||5th MJHL||Lost Final|
|2012-13||60||31||25||-||4||224||211||66||5th MJHL||Won League|
- 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 welcomes MJHL". MJHL. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-01.[dead link]
- "Steinbach Pistons pumped". Winnipeg Sun. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Jeremy St. Louis (15 Dec 2011). "Rich Gosselin Resigns From Pistons". SteinbachOnline.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
- "City Council Applauds Local Ownership Of Pistons". Steinbachonline.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- "Steinbach Pistons Sold". Winnipeg Sun. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- Steinbach Pistons website
- Steinbach Pistons season statistics and records at The Internet Hockey Database