Steinbach Pistons forward Quinton Pepper has officially made his post-secondary plans. He will be attending the NCAA Division I University of St. Thomas where he will join the men’s hockey program for the 2022-23 season.
“I am really excited to be a part of the start of their D1 program,” Pepper said of joining the Tommies in a team release. “I will use this opportunity to take my game to the next level, as well as to get the chance to go to such a prestigious academic university.”
I am honoured and proud to announce my commitment to further my education and play Division 1 hockey at St. Thomas University, I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, coach’s and billets that have helped me along the way! #RollToms pic.twitter.com/vSA2k2lHrv
— Quinton Pepper (@pepper_quinton) November 10, 2021
The 19-year-old London, ON. product joined the Pistons in 2020-21, where he put up a goal and four assists in eight games prior to the league-wide COVID-19 shutdown. He already put up 22 points in 16 games this season, sitting atop the league leaderboard with 14 goals.
“Steinbach is such a great place to play junior hockey,” Pepper added. “The community, billets and fans are all so driven to support the team every season in every way. Although the last two years we haven’t been able to have the attendance that we normally get, the fans have still shown their support and hopefully we can get back to packing the TG very soon.”
Although preparing himself to embark on yet another new trail in his hockey career, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound winger does still have a season of MJHL play left in the tank, to which his coach will continue to enjoy.
“We have watched Quinton take major steps in his development since he arrived at camp in his first season” Pistons head coach/GM Paul Dyck said. “He is a strong leader on and off the ice, plays the game the right way and exhibits strong character each day. As a result, I believe St. Thomas will be getting a young man who can assist them with building their culture.”