The Steinbach Pistons are pleased to announce that forward Jonah Wasylak has committed to the University of Manitoba.
“I’m excited to make the jump to CIS (Canadian Inter Sport) and play at the next level against older guys,” said the newly anointed UofM Bisons hockey player. “I think it will be a cool experience to do hockey and school at the same time.”
Wasylak arrived in Steinbach at the beginning of the 2012/2013 championship season. The Calgary product was brought into Pistons camp to bring size and toughness. He lived up the expectations, becoming a dominating force in the MJHL.
He put up 20 points in his first year, 21 in his second and then 48 in his third. The Pistons power forward totaled 32 goals and 57 assists for 89 points along with 374 penalty minutes in 170 MJHL games.
“Jonah was a player that made tremendous strides during his three seasons with us,” said Pistons Head Coach and General Manager Paul Dyck. “He brought a unique blend of size ability and toughness that every team covets.”
Not only was Wasylak coveted by other teams in the league, he was also cheered on by his many of the Pistons faithful. What fan did not notice big number 16 making big hits and scoring goals with his long locks flashing back and forth while he did it?
“Jonah established himself as a fan favorite with both his play on the ice and his ability to connect with the youth in Steinbach,” said Dyck about his forward, who had kids asking their parents if they could grow their hair just like Jonah’s. “We certainly wish him all the best as he continues to pursue his education and hockey career at the University of Manitoba.”
Wasylak is the 5th Pistons player to commit to post-secondary education, behind Nick Deery, Tyler Penner, David Robertson and Cody Longie.