Category Archives: Sports

STEELHEADS TO HOST 7TH ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR TOSS

In conjunction with Canadian Tire, the Mississauga Steelheads are set to host the club’s 7th annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, December 9th.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Mississauga Steelheads will be supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Peel by hosting the always exciting annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. The tradition continues with the Saginaw Spirit visiting the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday, December 9th to take on the Steelheads in a matinee contest that gets underway at 2:00PM.

Once again, this year’s Teddy Bear Toss is kindly presented by Canadian Tire – an organization that makes a tremendous impact here in Mississauga and across the Peel Region.

Scott Morash, General Manager of Canadian Tire Meadowvale comments on behalf of the game’s presenting partner, “By partnering with the Mississauga Steelheads for their annual Teddy Bear Toss hockey game, the five local Mississauga Canadian Tire stores are able to give back to children in our community. Be it a stuffed toy given out by the Boys and Girls Club of Peel or by helping kids participate in sports through our own JumpStart program, we are able to use this community event to help put a smile on the faces of those children that benefit from this annual event.”

Michael J Gyovai, Resource Development Manager for the Boys and Girls Club of Peel comments on the impact this event has on their organization. “The partnership with the Mississauga Steelheads and Canadian Tire is essential to the long-term growth and development of the program and services we offer to the children, youth and families in Mississauga and across Peel. It is because of local partnerships like with the Steelheads we are able to provide opportunities for our youth to thrive, in school and society.”

The Steelheads, Canadian Tire and the Boys and Girls Club of Peel encourage all fans attending the game to bring a stuffed toy with them to the game on Sunday afternoon. As tradition has it, when the Mississauga Steelheads score their first goal, the gracious fans respond by tossing their stuffed toy onto the ice. The toys are then gathered from the ice and transported to the Boys and Girls Club to be given out as Christmas gifts for those kids who may not have otherwise received anything.

Prior Teddy Bear Toss Goal scorers include Trent Fox (2017), Spencer Watson (2016), Nathan Bastian (2015), Lucas Venuto (2014), Dylan Smoskowitz (2013) and Riley Brace (2012).

As part of the festivities on Sunday afternoon, Canadian Tire will be set up on the concourse selling bears for fans to toss on the ice will all proceeds going back to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Foundation. Additionally, tickets for children 12 and under are just $6 while fans are encouraged to bring their skates and join the Steelheads for a post-game skate with the team after the final buzzer.

NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE AND PLPA REACH NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

PHILADELPHIA, November 24, 2018 – The National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA) announced today that they have agreed to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The collective bargaining agreement is for a five-year term beginning with the 2018-19 season.

“We appreciate the efforts of the negotiating committee and their tireless dedication to reaching a fair and equitable agreement for both the NLL and the players. This agreement has created a clear path for incremental growth, not just for the players and the existing clubs, but for the sport of lacrosse as well. Thank you also to the fans and the players for your patience as we worked through this situation,” said Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz.

Additionally, PLPA President Peter Schmitz stated, “This new agreement sets the players in a great position for success as partners in a league and a sport whose best days are ahead.”

Details regarding the upcoming 2018-19 season will be forthcoming.

To stay connected to your team, get the latest schedule developments and most up to date news about the National Lacrosse League, visit NLL.com and follow the NLL on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 12 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, Vancouver Warriors and Halifax ‘19. For more information, visit NLL.com and find the NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Mayor Crombie Welcomes Professional Soccer to Mississauga

Mayor Crombie officially welcomed the MetroStars, the first team to join the Canadian Major Arena Soccer League Team, to Mississauga.

“It’s clear; Mississauga is a ‘soccer city ’ and we are thrilled to be stepping up on the world stage and welcoming Canada’s first professional soccer team to our City. Soccer transcends language and culture; it’s the most popular sport in the world and is a unifying force for our diverse City.  Simply put, it brings our community together” said Mayor Crombie.

“The MetroStars are excited to bring Major Arena Soccer League action to Mississauga. This is a world-class City with incredible soccer communities and we are proud to showcase Mississauga in our professional franchise name,” said Serge Giancola, President and CEO of the Mississauga MetroStars.

Mayor Crombie was proud to be standing next to the MetroStars from day one and will continue to support the team as they prepare for their first match as Mississauga’s first professional soccer team.

The City’s very own Paramount Fine Foods Centre will serve as the headquarters and training centre for the Mississauga MetroStars.

The City is also exploring building a multi-use sports stadium with the capacity to host large-scale events such as Canadian Premier League, World Cup soccer, cricket, field hockey and much more. A feasibility study is currently underway with results to become public in the next year.

For more information on the MetroStars follow @saugaarenasocc1 on Twitter.

Be an Ontario 55+ Summer Games Volunteer

Mississauga is the official host city for the 2018 Ontario 55+ Summer Games, a celebration of active living, taking place August 10 to 12. With less than six months to go, the City is assembling its volunteer team and taking applications.

Approximately 1,400 participants 55 years or older from across Ontario will compete in active and passive activities, including pickleball, cycling, euchre, tennis and more. Becoming a volunteer at the Games is a great way to support the community, learn about new activities and be part of a team.

About 400 volunteers will be required for roles like welcoming participants, assisting in the production of the opening ceremonies, helping run sport competitions and providing information to guests.

All Ontario 55+ Summer Games volunteers must be:
• 16 years of age or older
• available during August 10 to 12 inclusive
• available to attend an orientation session in July

Interested in this Unique Opportunity?
Volunteer applications can be completed online at osgmississauga.ca/volunteer. The online volunteer application captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability.

Questions about volunteering can be directed to osg55info@mississauga.ca.

For more information about the Ontario 55+ Summer Games, visit osgmississauga.ca.

The Hershey Centre to be renamed The Paramount Centre July 1st

The City of Mississauga’s iconic sports complex, currently called the Hershey Centre, will soon bear a new name and logo. The multi-purpose sports arena and entertainment venue will undergo a name change just shy of its 20th anniversary. Hershey Canada Inc. decided not to renew the naming rights agreement set to expire on June 30, 2018.

“The City has a great long-standing business relationship with Hershey Canada. We understood that this was a difficult business decision for the company,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We’d like to thank Hershey Canada for their partnership over the last two decades and wish them well with their future ventures.”

Hershey Canada’s decision not to renew prompted the City to look for a new sponsor late last year. Paramount Fine Foods (Paramount) expressed interest and opted to purchase the naming rights through a new ten-year agreement.

Lichterman added, “We’re excited to be working with Paramount on this agreement. With final approval from Council, we look forward to fostering this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the city. As we approach the July 1 transition date, we will begin to update signage, websites and other facility assets to help local sports clubs, residents and fans around the city adjust to a new name.”

As part of the signed agreement, Paramount will be given the naming and signage rights to the sports complex, which includes the sports arena and entertainment venue, the community rinks, the Mississauga SportZone and outdoor sports fields. Under the proposed terms:

• the Hershey Centre will become the Paramount Centre
• the Hershey Community Rinks will become the Paramount Community Rinks
• the Mississauga SportsZone will become the Paramount SportZone
• the Hershey Sports Fields will become the Paramount Sports Fields

“Today marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Paramount Fine Foods. We are extremely proud to partner with the City of Mississauga in the naming of one of Mississauga’s true landmarks, the Paramount Centre,” said Mohamad Fakih, Founder and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods. “Since opening the first Paramount Middle Eastern Restaurant back in 2007, I have always believed it is important to give back to the community and support the wonderful things the City of Mississauga stand for.”

Fakih, who calls Mississauga home says, “I am proud to continue to grow the Paramount Restaurants Brand in a city that believes in cultural diversity, innovation and small business development. This passion and inclusiveness are what makes Mississauga thrive as a community. I am truly honored and thankful for the support the people of Mississauga have given me and my family. We look forward to sharing many memorable moments to come at the new Paramount Centre.”

Through the sponsorship agreement, Paramount will also provide food services to the entire facility, including all concessions and events.

The City will continue to use the Hershey name until June 30, 2018.