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Pistons Thank Graduating Player Braden Birnie

The Steinbach Pistons would like to thank and congratulate graduating skater Braden Birnie on a fantastic junior hockey career!

A native of Weyburn Saskatchewan, Braden got the opportunity to start his junior hockey career playing for his hometown team, the Weyburn Redwings. Over three seasons (including the shortened Covid season) Braden played 93 games for the Redwings, getting 50 points (19 goals and 31 assists) over that span. Braden was named team captain of the Redwings to start the 2021-2022 season but then over the Christmas break was traded to the Steinbach Pistons. Braden played in 24 regular season games for the Pistons, getting 31 points (10 goals and 21 assists) over that span. He would be major asset for the Pistons in the playoffs being a part of the red hot first line alongside Zach Power and Quinton Pepper where Birnie got 25 points (11 goals and 14 assists) in 18 playoff games. Braden will be heading north next season, as he has committed to the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Men’s hockey program for the 2022-2023 season.

“My time in Steinbach is something I will never forget, and I am super grateful for” Birnie commented looking back on the year. “I only spent half a season there, but everyone made me feel like I was a part of the team and the community for much longer. Everyone from the coaches, trainers, teammates and community were amazing and I am so glad I got to be a part of it.”

Braden was a key part of the Pistons success even though he was only here for half a season. Braden’s on and off ice leadership was felt immediately, as he came with lots of hockey experience and an attitude that set him and others up for success. Braden is the type of player that put in 100% effort every shift, trying to disrupt the other team and generate offense each shift. Braden was a great off ice presence around the T.G. Smith Centre as he always walked around with a smile on his face and always willing to strike up a conversation. The Steinbach Pistons will miss you and wish you all the best in your future hockey endeavours!