This past week, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Steinbach Pistons announced a five-year contract extension for head coach and general manager Paul Dyck. The new deal will begin for the 2021-22 season and run through 2026.
Having completed his 10th season with the Pistons, the 50-year-old Dyck has served as head coach and GM for nine of those seasons after getting his taste of the organization through the marketing branch in 2010.
The Steinbach product owns a career 340-111-15-21 record as the team’s bench boss and has earned two MJHL Coach of the Year awards. During his time at the helm, Dyck has an outstanding .735 win percentage in the postseason.
“I’m grateful to have the support of our Board of Directors, and I’m honoured to have been offered the extension,“ Dyck said in a team-issued press release. “Steinbach is home for our family and being able to coach the team has been one of the greatest highlights of my career in hockey. I believe we have created some wonderful memories for our fans and players, and I look forward to the next chapter with the Pistons.”
In terms of total team success, the Pistons have won the regular season three times, while appearing in the league final four times. Steinbach has taken the Turnbull Cup twice (2013, 2018) as well as the Anavet Cup in 2018.
“We are excited with the renewal of Paul’s contract,” said Grant Lazaruk, President of the Pistons’ Board of Directors. “Paul has become the face of our organization and delivers on our vision to be the best junior hockey program in Canada. He not only develops hockey players, he develops quality young men.”
Prior to turning his attention to coaching, Dyck played 15 years professionally following three years of junior hockey within the MJHL and WHL. The majority of Dyck’s time as a pro was spent with the Houston Aeros, before moving overseas to continue his career in Germany. The former 11th round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins last suited up for the SERC Wild Wings in 2005-06.
Dyck and his Pistons played in seven games prior to the cancellation of the 2020-21 season, to which the team went 5-1-1 with a +17 goal differential. Steinbach led the league with a 42-10-8 record in 2019-20.