The University of Manitoba Bisons have added former Steinbach Pistons forward Codey Behun to the team’s lineup for the 2021-22 season, which kicked off on Friday, October 15.
Officially committing to the program just days before opening weekend, the 21-year-old Winnipeg product will look to bring his offensive firepower to a squad loaded with first-year talent. Joining 11 other freshman, Behun will jockey for position on a deep forward corps that sees other Manitoba Junior Hockey League stars on both his left and right.
The former Winnipeg Shark joined the MJHL in 2017 with the Winnipeg Blues, suiting up in 135 total games over two seasons with his hometown Junior ‘A’ squad, before joining the Steinbach Pistons in a massive trade prior to the 2019-20 season. He skated in 72 regular season and playoff games for the Pistons prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which ultimately ended his junior career last year after just eight regular season games.
In 188 regular season matchups, Behun put up 54 goals, 102 points and 78 penalty minutes, before adding another four goals, 12 points and six penalty minutes in 19 playoff games split between the Blues and Pistons.
“It’s great to see Hunner earn this opportunity with the Bisons,” Pistons’ head coach and general manager Paul Dyck said. “He always impressed with his work ethic, preparation and his love for the game. He is a great team guy who brings it every time he steps on the ice.”
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound speedster served Steinbach on both its power play and penalty kill, while helping lead the charge offensively in the regular season, while also bringing his ‘A’ game to the postseason, as demonstrated by his four points in four games to end the 2019-20 campaign, before collecting three goals and 10 points in his team’s first eight games to start last season.