This past week, Steinbach Pistons forward Jack Rogers made his college hockey intentions known. Verbally agreeing to a commitment with the NCAA’s Division I St. Cloud State Huskies, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound will travel south to Minnesota for the fall of 2023.
Joining the Pistons for his first year of Manitoba Junior Hockey League action in 2021-22, Rogers has been able to deliver off the get-go. Suiting up in 18 games thus far, the strong forward has already amassed seven goals, 16 points and 12 penalty minutes.
“It is an amazing opportunity for me to continue to develop as a player as well as compete for a national championship,” Rogers said of his commitment to St. Cloud.
Having only joined the Pistons this year, Rogers’ season has been a steady progression, something he has continued to work on.
“It was apparent from day one that this community loved hockey and loved the Pistons,” he said of the organization. “Seeing fans on game day and supporters around the community makes it even more enjoyable for us players.”
According to his head coach and general manager Paul Dyck, the first-year MJHL star has continued to grow as the season has progressed.
“Jack has come in and immediately made an impact,” Dyck said. “He plays with pace and tenacity, has a good skill set and adds an edge to his game that has made him hard to play against. Jack has a lot of upside and we look forward to watching him continue down his development path. We are very excited for him and the opportunity he has earned.”
Following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, Rogers will remain with Steinbach next year as well, as his commitment to St. Cloud only begins with the 2023-24 season.
“I have already seen improvements in my game through the short period that I have been in Steinbach,” Rogers said. “I cannot credit the coaching staff here in Steinbach enough. My goals are to continue to take it one day at a time and develop my game even further as well as win a championship with the Pistons organization.”