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This article was published 23/6/2018 (483 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Steinbach Pistons' outstanding rookie goaltender Matthew Thiessen was selected in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft Saturday afternoon in Dallas by the Vancouver Canucks.
Thiessen, 18, who hails from Altona, but with strong family ties to Steinbach, was selected in the seventh round, 192nd overall by the Canucks.
As a 17-year-old rookie with the MJHL Pistons this year, Thiessen, 6'2", 190 lbs, burst into the MJHL last fall and took the league by storm with a scintillating season between the pipes for the Pistons as he led the Pistons to the MJHL crown, the ANAVET Cup title and ultimately on to the RBC Cup national championship.
Thiessen led the league in most categories in both the regular season and playoffs this year as he posted a regular season league best 2.06 goals against average and had an astounding 28-3-1 record this season.
He was even better in the post-season as he had a 1.83 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Although eligible to return to the Pistons next season, he will likely suit up in the USHL in the coming season, before joining the NCAA Division I University of Maine the following season. And of course now on the goaltender's calendar will be the Vancouver Canucks training camps coming up later this summer.
Thiessen's parents, Darcy and Carla Thiessen, are both natives of Steinbach and their extended families also live in the community.
Joining Thiessen at the Canucks' camp this fall will be Jett Woo from Winnipeg, the top Manitoban taken in the NHL as he was selected in the second round, 37th overall by the Canucks. Woo, a defenceman, spent last season with the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors.
Woo also has connections to the southeast as his father Larry Woo was a longtime player with the Ile des Chenes North Stars and his mother Dolly Woo (nee Guenther) is a native of Grunthal and is a grandson of Jeff Guenther, long involved in senior hockey in the area.