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STEELHEADS TO HOST ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS GAME

Mississauga Steelheads partnering with Wawanesa Insurance, Peel Police and Salvation Army

With the holiday season quickly approaching the Mississauga Steelheads will be hosting their annual Toys For Tots game on Sunday December 15th at 2 pmwhen they take on the Kingston Frontenacs presented by Wawanesa Insurance. The hockey club is once again proud to work alongside the Peel Regional Police and the Salvation Army to help make a difference for families in need over the holidays.

Constable Emily Rogers, Toys for Tots Co-Chair commented on behalf of the campaign,  “The campaign’s success is directly attributed to the generosity of people in our region. It’s a true reflection of our amazing community and what can happen when we all work together. The Steelheads have been hosting an annual game on our behalf for many years. Your generosity and support is what makes Christmas possible. Happy holidays from our family to yours.”

Salvation Army representative, Major Norman Garcia adds, “We are thrilled that the Mississauga Steelheads are supporting The Salvation Army.  Their friendship helps us transform need in our community during Christmas into joy.”

The Steelheads, Peel Regional Police and the Salvation Army encourage all fans attending to support the toy drive by bringing an unwrapped gift or giving a cash donation to the kiosk located at the main gates. With a donation, fans will be entered for the chance to win a trip for two to the 2020 CHL Memorial Cup presented by Kia. Full contest details can be found by visiting wawanesa.com/toydrive.

“Happy kids, neighbours helping neighbours, and some of the best hockey in the world – it’s a winning combination to help more Canadian families enjoy this holiday season,” said Selena Hinds, Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs for Wawanesa Insurance. “We are thrilled to partner with the Canadian Hockey League, independent insurance brokers and local charities across Canada on this country-wide holiday toy drive. For us at Wawanesa Insurance, supporting the communities where we work and live is the essence of who we are.”

Misissauga will also get their first live look at number one overall pick from the 2019 OHL Priority Draft, Shane Wright. Wright was granted ‘Exceptional Player Status’ by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection which features 2003-born talents. He is just the fifth OHL player to receive the distinction following John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Oshawa Generals in 2005), defenceman Aaron Ekblad (Sun County Panthers/Barrie Colts in 2011), forward Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Erie Otters in 2012), and defenceman Sean Day (Detroit Compuware/Mississauga Steelheads in 2013). Tavares, Ekblad, and McDavid were all chosen first overall in their respective seasons and were later first overall picks in the NHL Draft.

This year’s Toys for Tots game also marks the third of five Winning Nights during the 2019-20 campaign. If the Steelheads secure 2 points on December 15th, fans in attendance will have an opportunity to redeem their ticket for a free ticket to the club’s game against Toronto Maple Leafs prospects Nick Roberston and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and the Peterborough Petes on January 5th.

Tickets for Sunday’s game can be purchased online via Ticketmaster or during regular Box Office hours at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Steelheads defenceman, Thomas Harley eyes chance to represent Canada at 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship

Hockey Canada announced today the 31 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ont. The players, including four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Included on the invite list was Steelheads rearguard Thomas Harley.

This isn’t the first time Harley has had his name called by Hockey Canada. The 6’3” defenceman first donned the red and white at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John, New Brunswick where he appeared in 5 games. Leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft, Harley was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship where he registered 4 points (1G, 3A) in 7 games. The 18-year old has also suited up for Team OHL twice in the CIBC Canada/Russia Series in both 2018 and 2019.

After returning from the Dallas Stars in late September, Harley has lit up the score sheet. Through 24 games, he sits tied for fifth among OHL defencemen in points (27) and leads all defencemen in goals (11). His offensive production comes as no surprise after finishing the 2018-19 season with 58 points (11A,47G) over 68 games.

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will air all 31 games at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, providing wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament.

Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and #WorldJuniors.

Steelheads complete trade with Ottawa 67’s

The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that the hockey club has traded forward Adam Varga to the Ottawa 67’s in exchange for a 6th round pick in 2020.

Varga, 18, played in 63 games for the Steelheads during the 2018-19 regular season recording 15 points (6G,9A) and has one assist through 14 games with the hockey club this season. In 123 career OHL games, the Bel Air, MD native has registered 23 points (7G,16A). Varga has also appeared in 8 playoff games registering his first career playoff goal on March 26th, 2018 against Barrie. 

“We want to thank Adam and his family for their time with the Steelheads. We wish him well and continued success with Ottawa.”

General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond

Varga was originally selected by the Mississauga Steelheads in the seventh round (121st overall) of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

Steelheads acquire right winger Ty Collins from Guelph Storm

The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that the hockey club has acquired forward Ty Collins from the Guelph Storm in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2022 (SAG) and a 5th round pick in 2022.

Collins, 17, has 6 points (4G,2A) through his first 11 games this season. In 59 career OHL games, the Newmarket, Ontario native has registered 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists). Collins also appeared in four playoff games last season during the Storm’s OHL Championship run. 

General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond had this to say about acquiring the 6’0, 177 lbs. forward:

“We are extremely excited to get another ’02 on our roster. Ty is very offensively gifted and will fit right into the lineup for this weekend.”

Collins was originally selected by the Guelph Storm in the second round (38thoverall) in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Following the draft, the right winger was selected to represent Team OMHA Black where he registered 5 points (2G,3A) in 4 games.

The Steelheads would like to officially welcome Ty Collins and his family to Mississauga.

Mississauga Steelheads will once again partner with the Canadian Cancer Society

MISSISSAUGA, ON – On Thursday November 21st, the Mississauga Steelheads host the London Knights in the club’s 8th annual Pink at the Rink game, presented by Pandora Square One.

Keeping with tradition, the Steelheads will don unique pink jerseys that will be available for auction following the game on CHL Auctions. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society as the club aims to surpass last year’s fundraising total. Keep an eye on Steelheads social media accounts in the coming weeks as we unveil this year’s Pink at the Rink jerseys.

Last season the hockey club was able to raise $8,763.32 for the Canadian Cancer Society, including a donation from a social media campaign started by Assistant Captain, Nic Canade. As part of the Pink at the Rink Game, Canade wanted to make an impact and posted a picture on Instagram, wearing a pink jersey from a previous season. His caption read “With the breast cancer awareness game coming up on Sunday for the Steelheads, I would like to donate .25 cents for every like I receive on this post for the first 10,000 likes. All the proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.” In just a matter of days, Canade generated over 65,000 likes on the post.

“I was actually talking to my parents, hoping it would get around 10,000 and it ended up blowing up with overwhelming support from everyone,” said Canade. “I’m just happy and overwhelmed by everything that’s happened.” During last season’s game, it was also announced that Enterprise Rent-A-Car would match Canade’s donation of $2,500 for a total of $5,000. A donation from defenceman Charlie Callaghan and his family would increase the final number to $6,000. “It’s something for me that touches close to home and (it does) for many other people obviously,” Canade said. “Getting it out there and making people aware of what we’re doing with the Steelheads organization is a big thing. I want to do it again this year… but make it bigger and better. I am hoping to get more companies involved and raise more money for the Canadian Cancer Society.”

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