GDI trained goaltender Zach Rakochy of the Steinbach Pistons has been named the Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month for December. Through the month of December the Saskatchewan born netminder had three big games against Dauphin and Selkirk where he stole the show making 40+ stops. In addition to helping the Pistons continue their march towards making the playoffs for the first time in team history Rakochy was involved significantly in local fund raising. In November and December he helped present a strong sense of leadership with a focus on helping charities that support men’s mental health. After a recent home game, Zach and teammate Kyle Rous shaved their heads publicly in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Prostate Cancer Awareness, respectively. Between the two players, they raised about $2,000 for the local charities. The hair-cutting project started growing after Rakochy was deeply impacted when a former hockey teammate took his own life. “We had played junior together. He was a good buddy of mine,” said the Pistons’ goaltender, who hails from Canora, Sk. “He suffered from depression. When he took his life it really hit me hard. I wanted to make a difference after that. Rakochy, 19, has also been actively involved in minor hockey and has worked one on one with several minor hockey goalies to develop their skills. In December he also packed food hampers that were distributed to needy families. In addition to all these activities he also made four school appearances and spoke to students at local schools. For more on this article by the MJHL Click Here.