The Steinbach Pistons are excited to announce that defenseman Tyler Anderson has committed to St. Cloud State University of NCAA Division One.
Anderson is the 6th Pistons player to commit to a Division One program, joining fellow teammate Roman Bengert this year, who committed to play at Lake Superior State University.
Anderson is thrilled to have committed to such an excellent Division One school. “For me, a huge part of choosing St. Cloud was because of the reputation of the program. It’s a great program that is competitive every year, and it’s close to home so my family can come watch a lot of my games.”
Since he began his career with the Pistons back in 2015, Anderson has continuously grown and matured as a player. This year, the assistant captain was one of the top defensemen in the league, posting 12 goals and 37 assists for 49 points in 53 games. His consistent play and knowledge of the game attracted the attention of Division One schools, ultimately landing Anderson with the St. Cloud commitment.
Being already accustomed to large amounts of fans, that pack Steinbach Pistons home games at the Centennial Rink, Anderson is excited to continue experiencing that trend at a Division One level. “I’m definitely excited to play in front of college crowds with student sections,” explains the MJHL Top Defenseman finalist. “I’m an emotional player and I love to feed off that energy, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Anderson’s commitment to St. Cloud also provides him the opportunity to further his education by pursuing a degree he has interest in. “I plan on taking a Bachelors of Science in Bio-Medicine during my time at St. Cloud, which I am looking forward to working towards.”
As for his time in Steinbach, Anderson believes it has been key to his development on and off the ice. “I can’t put into words how much my time with the Pistons contributed to my commitment to St. Cloud,” describes Anderson. “Paul and the rest of the staff have created a professional environment that makes players better, and makes players want to reach their life goals. I feel like I have developed more as a player in Steinbach than I have the rest of my life, and I owe that to how the organization is run.” I’m definitely going to miss Steinbach and remember it for the rest of my life.”
“Tyler has worked extremely hard to be in the position he has found himself in,” explains Pistons Head Coach and General Manager Paul Dyck. “His game developed at a rapid rate this past season and he provided strong leadership in our room. Tyler has great character and although we will miss him, we are extremely excited for him on his commitment to St. Cloud.”