Pistons goaltender Matt Radomsky has been named the MJHL Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month for December.
The Pistons’ second year goaltender was given the award for the countless hours of volunteering that he does in the community. He recently was with the team packing hampers for needing families before Christmas, and he has spoken to students at schools throughout the region including in Landmark, New Bothwell, and Blumenort.
Radomsky is also mentoring Aidan Crawford, a young goaltender who plays for the local Pee Wee C team in Steinbach. They spend several days together during a normal week, and speak daily.
“Mentoring Aidan has not only brought me closer with a family in this community, but it’s also made me a part of the family and to be an older brother,” Radomsky explained. “I’m excited to continue this beyond hockey in the future.”
For Shawn and Sarah Crawford, Aidan’s parents, they see someone whose commitment has gone beyond the ice and the pads. “Matt has taken a genuine interest in the person behind that mask,” Sarah said. “His commitment shines by building LEGO, and with the jokes about going for cold smoothies on freezing days.”
The Winnipeg native also helps out with Aidan’s younger brother on the novice team, and helps out by assisting the Pee Wee A goalies as well. “Aidan absolutely lives for the time he spends with Matt,” Sarah explains. “Aidan is growing more and more confident in the net and in his life.
“It’s super cool that they’re so passionate about their kids through sports, most specifically hockey,” Radomsky said. “They support me a lot, and it’s unique to have that even though there’s lots of support for our team here in Steinbach.
“They’ve had me over for dinner, and have taken me out for meals,” he continued. “I couldn’t be more thankful for how well they treat me. It’s been truly awesome.”
Radomsky says he’s very proud and honoured to be recognized for all of his work in the region. “I’m very thankful for our Pistons organization for being able to set up these volunteer opportunities.”
The Crawfords are thankful that the Pistons goalie has the chance to be with their son. “When we see Aidan and Matt together, it is truly amazing,” they raved. “It is more than just a mentorship, it is more than just volunteering. It is a brotherhood that has been brought together by the love of the game.”