Steinbachpistons.ca is once again bringing you some Alumni Updates throughout the offseason to catch Steinbach fans up to speed on what happening with some of your favorite Pistons through the years. In this edition, we catch up with the host of the the Bo Show himself; former captain Jordan Bochinski.
Bochinski was drafted by Steinbach in the third round of the 2011 MJHL Bantam Draft. He played for parts of five seasons with the Pistons; he got into four games in 2012-13 as a call-up, and then cracked the roster for the 2013-14 season.
Bochinski had 18 points in 50 games during his rookie season, and improved his production in year two to 27 points in 48 games in 2014-15 after starting off the year in the NAHL. He played a depth role in his third year with Steinbach, as he notched 24 points in 59 games in 2015-16. But his popularity amongst the fans grew that season and was named the Golden West Fan Favorite Award winner at the end of the year.
He was named captain of the Pistons in his final year in 2016-17 and led Steinbach to a franchise record 49 wins and a 99-point regular season. The Winnipeg native posted a career high 21 goals and 25 assists in his last junior season and won the Fan Favorite award for the second year in a row.
During that season, Bochinski had the chance to showcase his personality off the ice by creating his YouTube video series called “The Bo Show”; a fun show where Bochinski interviews special guests in a comedic manner. Guests in the beginning included Pistons teammates, but he has now interviewed Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler, Philadelphia forward Nolan Patrick, and Jets defencemen Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey.
He’s continued that through his collegiate hockey career, where he has spent the past two seasons playing for the Liberty University Flames of ACHA Division I. Through two seasons with the Flames, Bochinski has posted 33 goals and 61 points in 69 career collegiate games.
He ranks 4th all-time in Steinbach franchise history with 220 games played , and 5th all-time with 45 games in the postseason.
Below is a Q and A with Jordan:
Steinbachpistons.ca: What are you doing in life these days?
Jordan Bochinski: I am going to school at Liberty University, pursuing a Digital Media Performing degree while also playing hockey there as well! I’ll be going into my third year next year! Also trying to grow more and more in my faith journey every day!
SP: Do you still follow the team throughout the season?
JB: I followed them a lot last season when they went to the RBC Cup, but not as much this year. Once you get a little older and most of the guys graduate, it becomes different. But definitely still keeping up to date with what’s happening in the Pistons world!
SP: Who were some of your favorite teammates?
JB: Great question! Almost all of them. Can’t remember a guy I ever had a problem with. Julien Koga, Hayden Goderis, Denis Bosc, Cole Smith, and I had some fun when we played together. The Graham brothers and Schooby (Bradley Schoonbaert) were great and funny guys too. And the Penner house never let us down for a good time!
SP: Toughest Rink in the MJHL to play in (other than Steinbach) would be?
JB: Probably OCN. There’s a lot of noise coming from the horn they have in their rink, and the fans are very passionate to say the least.
SP: Who’s your dream guest for the Bo Show and why?
JB: Probably a guy like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Grew up watching those guys and they have so much experience in the NHL. Plus they’re both Stanley Cup winners, which would lead to a Bo Show winner for sure!
SP: What’s your most memorable on-ice moment with the Pistons?
JB: Just playing home games with the guys and going to schools for volunteer events. We were treated so well and were loved by the community. It was so cool to be a part of it every day.
SP: How did your time with the Pistons get you to where you are today?
JB: It prepared me for the rest of my life. I had amazing billets with Brian and Lara, and Bailey and Gabe; they became my second family. Mike Kehler and Jamie Penner helped me grow as a believer and as a man, which really set me up and prepared me for the place I’m at in my life right now.
Steinbach taught me how to put others first and never become too prideful, because eventually this will all be over. It also taught me that the close of a team you have, the more success your group will find. It was some of the best years of my life!