The Steinbach Pistons would like to congratulate defenceman Langley Kruggel on committing to the University of Dubuque NCAA Div 3 men’s hockey program for the 2023-2024 season!
Langley started his junior hockey career in the 2019-2020 season where he played one game with the AJHL’s Calgary Canucks. The following season, Langley made the move to the Drayton Valley Thunder in the AJHL playing in 11 games and getting one assist over that span. In that offseason, Langley would be traded to the Pistons and join Steinbach for the 2021-2022 season. In 54 games Langley got 25 points (3 goals and 22 assists). Going into the 2022-2023 season, Langley was made an alternate captain for the Pistons. In 53 regular season games he got 30 points (8 goals and 22 assists). In 36 postseason games with the Pistons Langley got 11 points (2 goals and 9 assists). Langley was a crucial part of the Pistons back end, as he has a strong two-way defensive game, putting pucks on net from the point and generating offence while also being a shutdown player in his own end.
“The University of Dubuque has a great facility as well as a strong coaching staff behind the bench” Langley stated on what led him to committing to the University of Dubuque. “Being a new program, I thought it would be a great opportunity to help instil core values and grow the culture of the group. With the resources this school has, I feel this is the best place to further my academics and athletics.”
“My two years on the Pistons were pivotal in my hockey career” Langley commented on his time in Steinbach and how it aided in his development. “Over the course of my time here my confidence and gameplay grew tremendously which is directly from the environment that the Pistons worked hard to create throughout the last decade. Paul Dyck and the rest of the staff have done a great job moulding Steinbach to be one of the premier Junior A programs in the country. With the group chemistry and the resources made available to all the players, Steinbach is a great place to develop.”
The Pistons are excited for what is ahead for Langley and wish him all the best in his future hockey endeavours!