The Steinbach Pistons are proud to announce the commitment of Zach Power to the NCAA DIV 1 University of Alaska Fairbank’s Men’s Hockey program!
Zach Power joined the Pistons for the second half of the 2021-2022 season playing his first game January 14 versus the Swan Valley Stampeders. Before joining the Pistons, Power played in the GOJHL for the Chatham Maroons and most recently the London Nationals. With the Nationals Power had 54 points (17 goals and 37 assists) in 22 games. Since joining the Pistons Power has been very consistent, registering at least a point in every game except one. In 14 games this season with the Pistons Power has 20 points (9 goals and 11 assists). Power has exceptional offensive awareness and an eye for the net with a scorer’s touch.
When asked what lead to his commitment to Alaska Fairbanks Power stated, “after discussing with my family we found Alaska was a great fit for me. It’s been a dream for me to play NCAA Division 1 hockey and it was important to us that I went somewhere where I felt wanted and could call home for the next 4 years.”
Another reason for Zach was the family ties he has to Alaska, “I also have family ties to Alaska as my dad played pro hockey there for the Anchorage Aces. I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to this experience playing and living in Alaska for my college career.”
Speaking on his time in Steinbach Power commented, “from the moment I arrived in Steinbach I could tell it was a first-class organization. Coach Paul picked me up from the airport and took me to the rink where I met all the boys and some of the staff. From there I could tell the team was special, and how close the guys were with each other.”
“The practices are intense, and the attention to detail the coaching staff has put into practice and video is helping me prepare for the next level” commented Power. “Another great part about Steinbach is how close the community is, and the support the team gets, it’s not your average junior hockey town.”
A big part of the Pistons that intrigued Zach was “the constant player advancement, constant contention for championships, and being developed by a great coaching staff. I can’t thank Paul and the Steinbach Pistons enough for the opportunity they have given me, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this without them.”
When Head Coach and GM Paul Dyck was asked about Power he stated, “Zach is a very intelligent player with great vision and on ice awareness. He is the type of centerman wingers will enjoy playing with.”
In talking about the impact Power has made in his time so far with the Pistons Dyck commented, “Zach brings another layer of offence to our team but has a 200 ft game as well. He has been very good in the faceoff circle which is an area that we have been working on improving all season. We are obviously thrilled for him and the opportunity he has earned.”
The Pistons organization congratulates Zach on his achievement and wish him all the best in his future hockey endeavours!