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LAST FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE NORTH MISSISSAUGA SOCCER CLUB COMPETITIVE TRIALS

Registrations are open for the last two sessions scheduled on Sept 28 and Oct 5 for U13-U18

Mississauga, 24th Sept 2019: The city’s not-for-profit community, North Mississauga Soccer Club (NMSC) that began its trials/try-outs at the competitive level on 14 September will soon draw close to its conclusion. It is accepting registrations from soccer enthusiasts U13-U18 (Boys & Girls) for its remaining slots on Sept 28 and Oct 5. The trials will be inclusive of competitive players for all-levels, including Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), Golden Horseshoe Soccer League (GHSL), and Peel Halton Development League (PHDL) teams.

The club, staying true to its value of providing an opportunity to all players to pursue soccer, is inviting participation from everyone that fulfills the criteria irrespective of their skills or experience. The trials conducted for the U8-U12 in the past week received an overwhelming response that brought in over 400 registrations at NMSC for both Rep and OPDL competitive programs combined. The North Mississauga Soccer Club is looking forward to fill more slots with the conclusion of the on-going identification sessions. With the onset of the fresh season and renewed teams, the club is also gearing up to announce some well-known names within the soccer community who are joining the coaching squad this 2019/2020 Indoor Season. These experts will form an integral part of NMSC’s mission of dedicating to the development of well-balanced, successful players at the competitive level.

Speaking about the positive response received so far for the trials, Joe Alves (NMSC President), said, “The North Mississauga Soccer Club has been elated to receive a huge response from the soccer community and locals alike. We have witnessed an increase in the number of players adding to the different teams at NMSC compared to the previous year. We realize that there is a lot of potential in the aspiring young candidates, and we are here to give them that platform to hone their skills and be ready to go out there and play at the level that is best suited for their development. We look forward to seeing more passionate players attending the remainder of the upcoming trials and become a part of our community.”

The competitive trials and identification sessions will be held on:

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 – Huron Park Turf (9am-5pm)

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 – Huron Park Turf (9am-5pm)

For detailed schedule, please visit: https://nmsc.net/fall-competitive-trials-grassroots-identification-sessions/

Interested candidates can register on the website at: https://nmsc.powerupsports.com/index.php?page=LOGIN

STEELHEADS ANNOUNCE 2019-20 LEADERSHIP GROUP

Liam Ham to become seventh captain to serve for the Mississauga Steelheads.

The Mississauga Steelheads proudly announced their leadership group for the 2019-20 season on Tuesday. Veteran defenceman Liam Ham will Captain the hockey club while Nicholas Canade and Keean Washkurak will serve as Assistant Captains.

General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond commented on his new leadership team. “We are pleased to announce our 2019-20 Captains. Liam Ham will wear the “C”, Nicholas Canade and Keean Washkurak will wear the “A’s”. We have a ton of character in our dressing room and quite honestly there are a number of players the coaches will be leaning on for leadership this season. Liam, Nicholas and Keean are all true leaders on and off the ice and they will all be tremendous reflections of what a Steelhead is. We would like to congratulate all three of these players on this accomplishment and we all look forward to a great season.”

Liam Ham played his minor hockey for the York Simcoe Express of the Eastern Minor Midget Hockey League and was one of the league’s top defencemen with 27 points in 32 games. Ham would go on to be selected by Niagara IceDog’s in the sixth round (113th overall) on the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. The Newmarket, Ontario native made the Niagara IceDogs roster the following year, where he would spend the next two and half seasons, before a trade ultimately landed him wearing the blue and white. After being acquired midway through the 2018-19 season, Ham put up strong numbers, recording 30 points (8 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games for the Steelheads. He was ranked in a tie for 2nd as the best defensive defenseman in the year-end OHL Coaches poll, a testament to his on-ice play in both ends of the ice.

Ham spoke about the honour of wearing the “C” and becoming the seventh captain of the franchise. “I am honoured to be selected by our coaching staff as captain to represent our team this year. We have a very tight knit group that works hard and loves to play together. Along with Keean and Nick who also will be representing our team as leaders we are very focused on having a long and successful year.” 

Nicholas Canade will be an Assistant Captain for the second year in a row. As an Assistant Captain of the 2018-19 Steelheads he showed his dedication and leadership both on and off the ice. Canade was recognized at the end of the season as the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year, an award which recognizes a player that demonstrates himself as an outstanding role model in the community.

Keean Washkurak had a breakout season in 2018-19 where he put himself on the radar of NHL scouts, registering 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in 66 games. He was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2019 U18 World Junior Championship and was recognized as the OHL Western Conference’s Hardest Working Player in the annual Coaches Poll. The St. Louis Blues 5th round selection leads by example with his fast and physical style of play.

STEELHEADS RELEASE INDIVIDUAL TICKETS, TICKET OFFERS AND PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

Mississauga Steelheads launch tickets, fan offerings and promotional schedule

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that individual tickets are officially on sale and fans can now book in their seats to see future NHL stars here at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. 

There is more to look forward to this year than any prior season at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Theme nights, specialty jerseys, winning nights, bobblehead giveaways, post-game skates, fan experiences, autograph sessions and unique weekly promotions highlight the hockey club’s 2019-20 promotional schedule.

Steelheads VP, Director of Business Operations, Dach Hiller comments on the club’s approach to enhancing fan experience this season, “We have one of the best facilities in the Ontario Hockey League for watching hockey, but excellent lighting, sound and sightlines are only part of it. We know we’re going to be putting a great product on the ice this season and want to make sure we’re complimenting that with a top-notch fan experience. Whether it be unique ticket offers, giveaways or theme nights, our goal is to make sure our fans leave the rink raving about the time they had.” 

The schedule kicks off with our Home Opener on Friday September 20th when the Steelheads host the divisional rival, Niagara IceDogs. Fans will have much to look forward to prior to the game and a list of those festivities will be released later this month. 

2019-20 Promotional Schedule highlighted by: 
2019-20 Home Opener – Friday, September 20 vs. Niagara IceDogs*
8th Annual Pink at the Rink – Thursday November 21st vs. London Knights
8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss – Sunday December 8th vs. Soo Greyhounds*
Toys for Tots – Sunday December 15thvs. Kingston Frontenacs
Food Drive Game – Sunday December 29th vs. Kingston Frontenacs
Inaugural Superhero Night – Sunday January 26th vs. Kitchener Rangers
Pucks ‘N’ Paws – Sunday February 2ndvs. Sudbury Wolves
Family Day – Monday February 17th vs. Erie Otters*
2nd Annual New School Night – Friday March 13th vs. Niagara IceDogs
Fan Appreciation Night – Sunday March 22nd vs. Ottawa 67’s

Skate with the Steelheads Games: 
Player appearances at post-game skates will take place after the final buzzer on the following dates: 

Sunday October 6th: World Girls Hockey Weekend Game
Sunday, December 8th: 8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss
Monday, February 17th: Family Day Game 

Marquee Matchup Package: 
Secure your seat for 4 premium games this season at a discounted rate with the Steelheads Marquee Matchup Package. This four-game package includes the 2019-20 Home Opener (September 20), our World Girls Hockey Weekend Game (October 6), the 8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss (December 8), and the annual Family Day Game (February 17). 

Fans can secure their seats for all 4 of the games at the following rates: 
Red Level: $60 
Gold Level: $70 
Platinum Level: $80 

Winning Nights: 
A new initiative the club will be launching this season are “Winning Nights”. What does this mean for fans? If the Steelheads win on a “Winning Night” fans will be able to redeem their ticket at the Box Office for a free ticket to the pre-determined redemption game. Winning Nights and the corresponding redemption nights are as follows: 

Home Opener – If the Steelheads win on September 20th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on November 1st.

Pink at the Rink – If the Steelheads win on November 21st, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on December 13th.

Toys for Tots – If the Steelheads win on December 15th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on January 5th.

Superhero Night – If the Steelheads win on January 26th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on January 31st.

New School Night – If the Steelheads win on March 13th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on March 20th.

Additional Promotions: 
• The Family 4 Pack will also be back once a month during the season with applicable dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
• As always, there will also be an autograph session after the Fan Appreciation Game on Sunday, March 22, 2020
• Bobblehead Giveaway Game – presented by Smart Stop Self Storage to be announced at a later date. 
• Specialty Jersey Nights to be announced at a later date.
With all of these great events, the value has never been better. For more information on our promotional schedule and how you can become a FINatics Member, please contact Brandon Reischl at 905 502 7788 ext 238 or breischl@mississaugasteelheads.com

UP NEXT: The Steelheads will be announcing the home exhibition game locations on Monday, August 12, 2019. Follow us on social media (@ohlsteelheads) for up to the minute news. 

HARLEY SELECTED 18TH OVERALL BY THE DALLAS STARS

Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley taken with the 18th overall pick by the Dallas Stars in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

As the first round of the NHL Draft took place in Vancouver, anticipation was high among many prospects in the crowd. With the 18th overall pick, it was the Dallas Stars turn at the podium.

“With the 18th pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars select from the Mississauga Steelheads, Thomas Harley.”

Harley, a native of Syracuse, New York impressed NHL personnel and drew praise from multiple scouting sources with his development throughout this past season. NHL Central Scouting had Harley 9th amongst North American Skaters in their Midterm rankings and 11th in their final prospect rankings. TSN’s Bob McKenzie had Harley 17th on his list prior to the draft; the highest amongst any OHL player. Fellow TSN analyst Craig Button ranked the left-shot defenceman 11th and Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet had him being selected at 22nd overall.

Harley had a tremendous year on the ice leading to a rise in his draft stock. In October, the 17-year old was one of only ten defencemen selected to represent team OHL in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series. At the conclusion of the 2018-19 regular season, he was awarded MVP of the Steelheads for his lead role on the blue line. After his first season earning 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists) in 62 games, the sophomore’s offensive output drastically improved finishing third on the team with 58 points (11 goals, 47 assists) in 68 games. Harley also finished 8th among all defenceman in the OHL for overall points and 4th among defencemen in total assists. Most recently, Harley was also named a Third-Team All-Star by the Ontario Hockey League.

In April, Harley was also selected to represent Canada at the U-18 World Championships. The Steelheads defenceman wasn’t new to wearing a Team Canada jersey, having suited up with Team Canada Black at the 2017 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. Harley’s free-wheeling and smooth skating style translated well onto the large ice surface in Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden. He registered 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) over 7 games finishing tied for 7th in scoring amongst Team Canada skaters for the tournament.

To compliment his on ice accomplishments, Harley was the recipient of the Bobby Smith Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year. He earned the honour for his academic achievements in the classroom combined with his on-ice excellence for the Mississauga Steelheads.

Harley in his interview mentioned the influence both his parents have had in getting him to this point. First he was asked about his father. “He’s been huge for me. He was my coach growing up and my role model. He’s taught me almost everything I know about the game and he’s one of my best friends so its great.” Harley was then asked about his mother. “She’s the anchor in our house…she’s been there for me my entire life and been one of my biggest supporters if not the biggest…”

Along with Thomas Harley getting drafted at pick number 18 by the Dallas Stars, two other Steelheads draft picks were selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Jack Hughes was taken first overall by the New Jersey Devils and Trevor Zegras was selected ninth overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

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THE CANADIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE TO DISCONTINUE OPERATIONS

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) has made the decision to discontinue operations effective May 1, 2019. Unfortunately, while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable.

New management, led by Jayna Hefford, and the new Board, put in place in Summer & Fall 2018 respectively, have proactively worked with our contract staff, players, GM’s, industry partners and corporate sponsors to establish an adequate revenue base, good governance, and high-quality hockey on the ice. Unfortunately the business model that has been the foundation of the League is not sustainable financially.

Founded in 2007 by players and members of the community, the League’s mandate was to grow the sport of women’s hockey, and to that extent it more than achieved its goal.

Last week 175,000 fans tuned in to watch the 12th edition of the Clarkson Cup, a new record for viewership, and the game delivered. Women’s hockey is fast, skilled, and generally high scoring, making for excellent entertainment.

We thank our fans for cheering on their favourite player and favourite teams, our sponsors for helping fund the growth of women’s hockey, and our partnerships with the NHLPA, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Calgary Flames. We would like to acknowledge the management and players of Team KRS for their commitment to the CWHL and growth of women’s hockey in China, and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, Hockey Canada, and the NHL for their support.

The contract staff, contractors, coaches, and athletes of the CWHL are an inspiration to women around the world, and under Jayna Hefford’s leadership this season we have seen a new levels of success, new energy and credibility to the game.