After winning the MJHL Championship in 2013, Dan Ferguson and the Steinbach Pistons have remained a force to be reckoned with.
GDI Director Dan Ferguson joined the MJHL's Steinbach Pistons in 2012 and since then, they have remained one of the top teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. That statement is further backed up by the Pistons taking home the Turnbull Cup in 2013.
The Pistons were able to defeat the Dauphin Kings in 6 games to claim their first Turnbull Cup in franchise history. Goaltenders Corey Koop and Zach Rakochy both played integral parts in that championship Pistons team.
Dan is no stranger to championship teams as he has also been the goaltending coach of the Manitoba Provincial Midget AAA Winnipeg Thrashers. The Thrashers took home the most coveted prize in all of AAA hockey in 2011, The Telus Cup.
Dan has also helped Pistons goalies reach the next level in their hockey careers. Last years Pistons goaltenders Nick Deery and Mario Petit have both graduated onto different levels and teams.
After a breakthrough 2014/2015 season, Nick Deery now finds his name on the roster of the NCAA Div. 1 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Last season Nick was a workhorse for the Pistons. His 2,798 minutes played was a league high. He also led all MJHL goaltenders in shutouts with a total of five. Twice named the MJHL’s Recycle Everywhere Player of the Week, Nick capped his season by capturing the league’s top goaltender award, in addition to a first-team all-star selection. Deery was also nominated for the CJHL Goaltender of the Year Award.
Mario Petit has also graduated from last year's Pistons squad, as he is now a member of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips. Petit has been a long time student of Dan's spending countless hours on the ice with Dan.
With two new faces between the pipes there may have been some uncertainty heading into this season, but that quickly changed from the combination of Dan's instruction and strong play by goaltenders Roman Bengert and Jeremy Wik.
Bengert has appeared in 28 games so far this season with an impressive record of 21-7 to go along with 2 shutouts. Bengert's Gaa of 2.22 and Sv% of .923 have consistently remained near the top for goaltender statistics this season.
Wik is also enjoying a strong first year in the MJHL with an equally as impressive record of 17-5. Wik's numbers are also some of the best in the league with a 2.35 Gaa and .913 Sv%. Wik has also blanked the opposition with 1 shutout so far.
This year's Pistons squad currently sits comfortably in second place only behind the defending national champions, the Portage Terriers.
Dan regularly attends Pistons practices and conducts 1 on 1 team consulting sessions throughout the season with the Pistons goaltenders.
GDI FEATURED PROGRAM
GDI Summer Camps:
These are the anchor to the goaltender’s off-season development needs. These 4 or 5 day camps provide the biggest impact on goaltender performance in a short period of time. Our camps are very intense and goaltenders will conduct on-ice sessions, fitness testing, flexibility and hand eye training, classroom sessions, daily journals, off-ice dryland, comprehensive evaluation reports and much more.
Brandon - Brandon Sportsplex (August 8-12)
Winnipeg - East End Arena (August 15-19)
Winnipeg - River Heights Arena (August 22-26)
Winnipeg - East End Arena (August 29-September 2)
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