The Steinbach Pistons are proud to congratulate 19 year-old defenseman Connor Martin on being named the Manitoba Pork MJHL Peak Performer of the Month.
The MJHL Manitoba Pork Peak Performer award recognizes the volunteerism of an MJHL player who is making a difference in their community.
“He is very deserving of the honor,” said Pistons Head Coach Paul Dyck about the Owatonna, Minnesota product who received the award for the month of December. “He’s been very invovled in our community since he has arrived. I’ve seen him connect with youth here at the arena and I have heard great reports from the schools he has attended.”
Martin was acquired by the Pistons this past summer and made an immediate impact upon his arrival. His interaction with fans at the Pistons annual golf tournament turned a family who wanted a break from billeting, back into billets.
Martin’s golf swing may have helped the situation, as he helped lead his future billet’s foursome to a win with a score of 20-under.
As soon as the season kicked off Martin began volunteering at Southwood Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a couple hours and still is involved at the school to this day. He’s also joined teammates when the Pistons go read, solve math problems and play floor hockey with local students.
“I love to give back,” said Martin who is also often found skating alongside his billet brothers at their minor hockey practices. “When I was around ten there was a junior team in the town I grew up in. They were great at giving back to the kids in the community and now I want to do the same with my opportunity.”
Martin has been a key part of the Pistons defense this season, helping the team register only 2.87 goals-against-per-game, which is 2nd lowest in the league.