- Community Blogs
Former Steinbach Pistons owner Mel Sonnenberg says a big thank you to all the fans and volunteers who helped support the team during his five years in the league.
The Steinbach Pistons franchise originally started in Steinbach back when the team was first introduced as the Steinbach Hawks; an expansion team in 1985. The Hawks played only three seasons, winning a total of 39 games.
The franchise ceased operations after the 1987-1988 season. After spending only three years in Steinbach the team was reborn in Winnipeg, winning only 93 games during their eight seasons out of the Notre Dame Arena.
Again, the franchise wasn't viable and it folded. This time they were picked up by the Sagkeeng First Nation and called the Southeast Blades. After only making the playoffs once during their ten year regime the team was put up for sale.
This is when Sonnenberg stepped in and bought the franchise, moving it to Beausejour, where the team only won nine games in two seasons.
Interview with Mel SonnenbergTwenty-one years after the Southeast Hawks left town, Sonnenberg decided to bring the team back to Steinbach.
"It was a huge learning adventure, no one was overly anxious to help out at the start," says Sonnenberg about being the owner. "There were lots of headaches and lots of running around."
Despite not always getting the help that he would have hoped for Sonnenberg pushed on and says one of his main goals as owner was to invest in the players.
"I already miss that. These boys are so vulnerable, because they are living away from home for the first time. They're all big tough men and big boys don't always ask for the right advice."
Sonnenberg says the new ownership group is a big win win for the community, and reminds fans to be patient because a winner isn't made overnight.
He also stated that he was very appreciative to everyone in Beausjour and Steinbach who helped him along the way.
"We want to thank all the fans from my wife Marianne and I. You can't have an organization without the volunteers and the fans to support the kids. That part of the game will take awhile to get over."
Although Sonnenberg isn't as involved this season he says he will still be watching and rooting for the Steinbach Pistons.
The South East Prairie Thunder's Allan Cup run is over. The Prairie Thunder dropped a 3-2 decision to the Kenora Thistles on Thursday nig
The Red River Wild will face the Tiger Hills Hockey League champion Deloraine Royals tonight in the semifinals of Hockey Manitoba's Provin
13 Manitoban's were among 102 players invited to attend Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Program strength and conditioning camp which
The South East Prairie Thunder will need to reel off a four-game winning streak in order to bring home the Allan Cup for the second time i
Outstanding! That's how Sabres head coach Jamie Peters described his football program's New Players Information Night last Wednesday at t
The Winnipeg Jets are proud to announce they have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with Paul Maurice as Head Coach of the
The South East Prairie Thunder were good on Monday night - just not quite good enough. Cam Watson beat South East goaltender Steve Christ
The auditions are over. Steinbach Pistons Spring Camp wrapped up Sunday at the T.G. Smith Centre. Under the watchful eye of head coach P
Canadian race car driver, David Richert of Niverville, managed to claw his way back into the points after a disastrous start to the openin
Brooklyn Langlois' sophomore season at the University of Maine was quite a year. The Steinbach native is a member of Maine's women's hock
It was a fourth place finish for the Eastman Flames at the Canadian Ringette Championships in Regina. The Flames lost 11-10 in overtime t
Icemaker Wilf Peters and his family won the 'Goodbye Bonspiel' at the Steinbach Curling Rink over the weekend. It was the last ever event
The Eastman Jr. Selects and Southeast Warriors were among 22 teams from Manitoba & Saskatchewan that participated in the Portage Cup t
For the second year in a row, Ste Anne's Shelby Bram wrapped up her NCAA Division 1 hockey season with a Frozen Four appearance. Bram's s