The Steinbach Pistons would like to thank and congratulate graduating defenseman Bryce Kilbourne on a stellar junior hockey career.
Bryce split his junior career playing in four leagues: the GOJHL, OJHL, AJHL and the MJHL. Kilbourne started with the St. Thomas Stars of the GOJHL in the 2017/18 season, appearing in 4 games and registering 1 goal. The next season, Bryce would play for the London Nationals of the GOJHL where he had 16 points (5 goals and 11 assists) in 43 games. Bryce would move to the OJHL to start the 2019/20 season with the Oakville Blade, registering 20 points in 43 games. For his last year of junior hockey Bryce split his 20-year-old season between the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL and the Steinbach Pistons. In 24 games with Whitecourt Bryce had 2 assists and in 28 games with the Pistons, Bryce had 13 points (3 goals and 10 assists) in 28 games.
“I wish I came to Steinbach a few years ago” Bryce commented on being asked about his time in Steinbach. “It is such a well-run program with an amazing community that really shows their support towards the players and the team. The coach’s and training staff are all unbelievable and make sure you are always taken care of. I really learned a lot from playing in Steinbach and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to come to this organization and meet the people that I did and play in front of such an amazing crowd.”
Bryce was a man of the people on and off the ice. Always taking the time before, during intermission’s and after games to interact with the fans and talk to every one of the kids waiting by the door. Bryce had true class and had the utmost respect from and for the fans. Blake would give it his all every single shift he was on the ice. Whether he would be clogging the lanes, blocking shots, finishing checks or starting breakouts, Bryce sacrificed himself time and time again to help the Pistons succeed. Bryce was a great addition to the Steinbach Pistons mid-way through the season and will be missed by many around the TG Smith Centre. The Pistons organization wishes you all the best in your future hockey endeavours!