The Steinbach Pistons are proud to announce the commitment of graduated forward Christian Riemer to the University of Regina Cougars of U Sports for the 2021-2022 season.
Riemer signed with the Pistons at the beginning of the 2019-20 season after spending just over a season in the Western Hockey League. Right off the bat Riemer was a big part of the team and locked down the defensive end. Riemer finished out his junior career with the shortened season last year putting up 3 points in 8 games.
“Christian was a rock for us on the backend since the day he arrived,” Head Coach/General Manager Paul Dyck commented. “He really established himself with his dominant play in both ends of the ice during the 2020 playoffs. I am thrilled for him and getting the opportunity to play university hockey at home.”
Riemer stepped up to the task at hand in the 2019-20 playoffs getting 6 points in 4 games which was the MJHL lead. A highlight of the season was Riemer’s 3rd OT game winner in game 3 against the Winnipeg Blues, ending the longest game in Pistons history. Capping off the playoffs Riemer was named team MVP.
When asked what factored into him choosing the University of Regina Riemer stated, “the U of R offered a good opportunity to further my education and also to play at the U Sport level of hockey and further my playing career.” When asked about what he plans to study Riemer stated “I haven’t fully committee to a certain program to study, I’m in between a few different majors at the moment.”
Riemer split his junior hockey career between the WHL and the MJHL. Playing in 56 career WHL games with the Swift Current Broncos and Portland Winterhawks, tallying 1 goal and 6 assists. With his time in Steinbach Riemer amounted 13 points in 40 regular season games.
As Riemer’s time with the Pistons has come to an end he would like to leave a message for the Pistons fans and community.
“My billets, I would like to say thank you to them for welcoming me into their home and treating me as one of their own. To the fans, I want to say that they are the best in the MJHL by far and it was awesome to play in front of a full crowd at the rink every game. And to the community, it was so awesome to see the support the team got, whether it being from fans or businesses or volunteers it was great to see a whole town support their local team.”
The organization congratulates Christian on his commitment to the University of Regina and wishes him all the best in his future hockey endeavours!