Schoonbaert put together there impressive campaigns with the Turnbull Cup champion Pistons. After collecting 25 goals and 52 points in his first season with Steinbach, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward registered 29 goals and 72 points in his second year with the team.
However, it was Schoonbaert’s third and final season in Steinbach that really captured the eyes of many across the nation. With 36 goals and 91 points in just 59 games, the Brandon native came up just one point short of league leader Dexter Kuczek’s 92 points.
Kuczek may have finished the year with one more point than Schoonbaert, but it was the Pistons that ended the season as Manitoba Junior Hockey League champs, Anavet Cup champs and made the appearance in Chilliwack, B.C. for the RBC Cup.
Schoonbaert produced at over a point-per-game rate in the 2018 postseason, finishing the MJHL playoffs with six goals and 17 points in 16 games played. He collected another three goals and eight points in six Anavet Cup games against the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Nipawin Hawks.
The business-hopeful leaves for the University of Calgary tied with Dan Taillefer as Steinbach’s all-time leading goal scorer with 90 career goals in the blue and white. He is also second (again to Taillefer) for career assists and points with the Pistons.