Steinbachpistons.ca is once again bringing you some alumni updates to bring Pistons fans up to speed on what has been going on with some of the team’s former players.
We recently caught up with former Pistons goalie Addison Herosian. Herosian was part of the early Pistons teams, spending two seasons with Steinbach from 2009-11. Known for his durability and the only goalie in Pistons history to catch right-handed, the Winnipeg native was a bright spot on teams that struggled, facing a lot of shots during his tenure in the Auto City.
Herosian was named to the 2009-10 MJHL All-Rookie Team and played in the MJHL Prospects Game that season, as he put up a 4.7 GAA and an .881 SV% in year one in 62 games played. He improved in his second season with Steinbach, posting a 4.02 GAA and a .906 SV% in 52 GP while representing the Pistons at the 2011 MJHL All-Star Game.
Unfortunately, the Pistons didn’t make the playoffs in both of Herosian’s seasons, so Steinbach traded the talented goalie just before the 2011-12 season began to a contending Winnipeg Saints team. He backstopped the Saints in their final season in Winnipeg to a MJHL Championship finals appearance.
Addison recently strapped on the pads once again at the TG Smith Centre, as he returned to Steinbach to play in the first ever Steinbach Pistons Alumni Classic this past March as one of the goalies.
Herosian holds the Pistons goalie records for most career games played with 107 appearances in the Steinbach net, most saves in a single season (1,645), and career saves (3,291). He is second in franchise history with 5,766 career minutes played, just behind Zach Rakochy (5,844).
The following is a Q & A with Addison:
Steinbachpistons.ca: What have you got going on these days?
Addison Herosian: I am now a full-time Realtor with RE/MAX. Enjoying day to day with my lady, my dog, and our 2 cats in our little home in Winnipeg!
SP: Do you still follow the Pistons during their season?
AH: I have been following the Pistons, how could I not when they have completely turned the franchise around since my time there! Very exciting to see and I am extremely proud of the boys!
SP: What was one of your favorite memories during your tenure with the Pistons?
AH: Honestly, the best memories I had from my junior days was just spending time with the guys. All the long bus trips and daily practices; those are time I’ll never forget, and as you get older you start to appreciate those time more as life becomes a whole lot more complex and busy than they were in those days.
SP: Who were some of your favorite Pistons teammates?
AH: I can’t name drop anyone specifically because the list will be too big! The boys know….I played with a lot of friends who I still stay in touch with today. While the win column was never great in my time here, my teammates is what made me enjoy every minute.
SP: You had the chance to put the pads on again at the Alumni Classic in March. How was that experience for yourself, getting to see some of your past teammates and coaches again?
AH: The alumni game was such an incredible time. I had so much fun seeing the guys, cracking jokes, and reliving past memories. And the staff, it was SO cool to see so many familiar faces from my time there. They were always smiling and so welcoming; extremely heart warming.
When I played, Paul was still an assistant coach, but I always knew he would be top of the coaching ranks one day. Incredible coach, and somehow an even better guy! Truly an amazing day, thanks to everyone in the organization for throwing that event.
SP: What advice would you give to current Pistons and future prospects who want to play in Steinbach?
AH: Look at the success. The town itself is booming and a great place to live/stay. And they will treat you with the utmost class and respect.
SP: How did your time with the Pistons get you to where you are today?
AH: I think hockey in general very much shaped who I am today. Learning to be part of a team, how to communicate with so many different personalties and types of people. Will forever be blessed to have had the opportunity to play hockey my whole life, and experience junior hockey with all its highs and lows. It truly has helped shape me as a man today.