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Pistons land Calvin Bugyik

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 07/19/2018 3:19 PM

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The Steinbach Pistons announced Thursday they have added a familiar name to their coaching staff.

Calvin Bugyik, a longtime fixture with the Eastman Selects organization has been hired as the assistant coach of the Pistons, taking over from Joey Moggach, who is taking a break from coaching this year.

Bugyik, who has been an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Wild the past two seasons, helping the Wild win back-to-back Manitoba ‘AAA’ Midget Hockey League titles, previously spent more than 10 years coaching in the Eastman region at several elite levels. His stints included being head coach of the Eastman Directors Cup team and the Eastman City Selects.

He then spent three highly successful seasons as head coach of the Eastman Selects of the Manitoba ‘AAA’ Midget Hockey, where he guided the Selects to an eye-popping record of 93-28-11 during his tenure there.

His best season with the Selects was the 2015-16 campaign, where he led the Selects to an incredible record of 40-1-3, by far the best record in franchise history and it was one of the best seasons in the history of the league.

But Bugyik, and in fact his entire coaching staff was summarily fired by the Eastman Minor Hockey Association after that record-breaking campaign, in what remains as a completely mystifying and ludicrous decision to many. At the time, the EMHA board said he was being removed due to the lack of the development of the players.

Pistons’ head coach and GM Paul Dyck obviously disagrees with that assessment of Bugyik. In a statement released by the Pistons on the hiring of Bugyik, Dyck said, "Calvin brings a winning pedigree with him and a strong record of player development, we believe he is a great fit for our program." Added Dyck, "Calvin understands what it takes to win and assist players to get to the next level, he is very experienced and will be someone the players will enjoy working with."

Dyck says they received about 20 applications for the position.

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