The Steinbach Pistons have completed a trade with the Selkirk Steelers. The Pistons are sending Owen Weihs (’03) and Lucas Gillson (’04) and in return received defenseman Spencer Penner (’04).
Owen Weihs a native of Winnipeg was an alternate captain for the Pistons this past season. Over parts of two season with the Pistons, Weihs has amassed 15 points (6 goals and 9 assists) in 49 regular season games.
Lucas Gillson was a prospect of the Steinbach Pistons and was a forward U18 AAA Winnipeg Bruins this past season. In 27 regular season games Gillson had 24 points (12 goals and 12 assists).
Spencer Penner is a local boy from Blumenort Manitoba. Penner was originally drafted to the WHL by the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2019 29th overall. In 15 regular season games with the Thunderbirds, Penner got 2 points (0 goals and 0 assists). Last season Spencer made the switch to the MJHL and played for the Selkirk Steelers. As a dynamic 2-way defenceman Penner got 22 points (3 goals and 19 assists) in 30 games.
When asked what his first thoughts were on being traded to the Pistons Penner stated, “I was speechless, it was awesome. It was something I have wanted for a while now.” Penner will finally get the chance to play in front of his hometown and that is something he is looking forward to, “playing in front of family and friends is something I have always wanted while playing junior hockey. I’d love to bring a championship to my hometown and battling with the fellas is going to be awesome.”
When asked about his style of play as a defenceman Penner commented, “I model my game as a two-way defenceman, to jump up in the rush but also stay back and defend. I play hard and I want to win every single night.”