Matt Osadick has found his next hockey home.
The 20-year-old from nearby Grande Pointe, Manitoba has signed a pro contract to play with Opole HK in Poland for the 2021-22 season.
Osadick was acquired in a trade by Steinbach during the 2020 offseason, where he spent his last junior season close to his home. He was second on the team in scoring during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign, notching 6 goals and 4 assists in eight games played for Steinbach.
He spent the first two seasons of his junior career with the Swan Valley Stampeders, where he was named to the MJHL All-Rookie Team in 2018 and finished 2nd in league rookie scoring. He helped the Stamps to their most successful season in team history by reaching the MJHL Finals in 2019. Osadick then headed west and played the 2019-20 season with the Merritt Centennials and the Trail Smoke Eaters, both teams situated in the BCHL. Upon his return to his home province, he and the Pistons were headed for a big season this past year until the league shutdown in November.
“Playing close to home was what I dreamt about when I was a kid,” he said. “Playing for the Pistons was a great experience. I had the opportunity to play with players I went up against when I was with Swan was awesome. They have a fantastic and very professional organization.”
“I’m excited for Matt as he begins his career overseas” Head Coach/GM Paul Dyck commented. “His skating ability makes him a natural fit for the game on the bigger sheet of ice. I’m sure he’ll create some great memories during his time in Europe.”
The Pistons would like to wish Matt and his family all the best as he heads to play in Poland next season.