The Steinbach Pistons have completed a trade with the Weyburn Red Wings of the SJHL. The Pistons are sending Ethan Clements (’03) and Blake Norris (’03) and in return received Braden Birnie (’01).
Ethan Clements is a Winnipeg native, who was in his rookie season with the Pistons, where he has amassed 5 pts (0 goals and 5 assists) in 21 games.
Joining Clements to the Red Wings is Blake Norris who is from Warroad Minnesota. Norris has been a good lockdown defender in his first season for the Pistons getting 9 points (1 goal and 8 assists) in 17 games.
Heading to the Pistons is Braden Birnie who was the Red Wings Captain. Birnie comes with experience as he has 93 junior games under his belt. This season Braden has 21 points (9 goals and 12 assists) in 32 games.
When ask about coming to the Pistons Braden Birnie stated “I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to play for the Pistons. I have been following along with them for a while and know how much success they have been having and can’t wait to be a part of it. I have heard from everyone I talk to how great of an organization they run.”
Growing up in Weyburn, Braden is excited for a new experience. “I am excited to experience a new city as all I have ever really known is Weyburn, I have also heard Steinbach has everything you could ever need and the people here love the Pistons.”
When asked about his game and what the fans can expect Birnie commented “one thing that is consistent all the time is my work ethic. I like to finish checks on the forecheck and create chances as a result.” Braden stated that a key part of his game and what has helped him succeed is his vision and hockey sense. “I love being able to set my teammates up for good scoring opportunities.”