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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.

STEELHEADS TO HOST INAUGURAL BLEED BLUE GAME

The Steelheads making effort to reduce blood shortages in Mississauga with partnership with Hockey Gives Blood and Canadian Blood Services on Friday, March 8, 2019

The Steelheads are proud to announce the team’s first ever Bleed Blue game presented by GoodLife Fitness will be held on Friday, March 8th when the club faces off against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
“Since 1979, it has been GoodLife Fitness’ vision to provide every Canadian with the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. For over 7 years, GoodLife Fitness has been a proud sponsor of the Mississauga Steelheads, bringing our vision to life in the GTA! The strong partnership between GoodLife Fitness and the Steelheads has allowed athletes and fans to be active through sports, accessible memberships and great group fitness programming. As a loyal partner, GoodLife Fitness is proud to offer 7-day trials to all fans. Get yours today by visiting the GoodLife Fitness booth during the game on March 8th. ”

This year the Steelheads have teamed up with Hockey Gives Blood in partnership with Canadian Blood Services. Hockey Gives Blood is a non-profit society founded by four former hockey players in an effort to reduce blood shortages nationwide. The group was inspired by two events; the first was when co-founder Stu Middleton’s father tragically passing away en-route to one of Stu’s junior hockey games and the second; last year’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The organization prides itself on its belief “that every team, league and player can make a lasting difference to ensure something good could come from any situation.” It is due to this belief that Hockey Gives Blood now exists.

For the March 8th game, the Steelheads will be wearing one of a kind Bleed Blue jerseys. Hockey Gives Blood Co-founder Stu Middleton comments, “A first in the Ontario Hockey League; the ‘Bleed Blue’ jersey’s will be proudly worn by the Mississauga Steelheads to help score the ultimate goal. Cheer for us March 8, 2019, as we team up with Hockey Gives Blood and support Canadian Blood Services.” The specially-designed Bleed Blue jerseys will be auctioned off following the game and all proceeds will be donated to Hockey Gives Blood in partnership with the Canadian Blood Services. Follow the Mississauga Steelheads on TwitterFacebook and Instagram at OHLSteelheads for the official reveal of the 2019 Bleed Blue specialty jerseys coming soon!

The game will see the Trout take on Eastern Conference rival and defending OHL Champion, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Steelheads will be looking to avenge their February 13th shootout loss to the Bulldogs that ended their three-game win streak. Arthur Kaliyev is one to watch for in this game, the forward has 47 goals on the year and is a projected first-round pick in this summer’s 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

You won’t want to miss out on the inaugural Bleed Blue Theme Night! Great seats for the game are available at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office, online at ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-682-6736. Join us on March 8th to see some great hockey and support a great cause! 

The Mississauga Steelheads host 7th annual Pink at the Rink game on Sunday January 27th

On Sunday, January 27, the Mississauga Steelheads will play host to the Sudbury Wolves in the 7th annual Pink at the Rink game presented by Pandora Square One. 

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among Canadian women. A breast cancer diagnosis is a life altering experience. The Canadian Cancer Society is working to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer. The CCS provides information and support to women and men living with breast cancer, and everyone else around them affected by cancer. On January 27, we encourage our fans to join us and help raise awareness and funds and create a future without breast cancer. 

Tonya Steward, the Regional Director GTA of the Canadian Cancer Society comments on behalf of the impact this event has on their foundation. “The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to partner with the Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club again this year at their Pink at the Rink game night. On average 72 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. Our mother, sisters, aunts, friends and daughters are living with and beyond this disease because of the generosity of partners like the Mississauga Steelheads. Together, we are doing the most to support women living with breast cancer today and working for a future free from breast cancer”. 

The Steelheads are proud to announce that the club will be donating $5 from every Platinum level ticket sold for the game on January 27 to the Breast Cancer Cause of the Canadian Cancer Society. 

As always, the Steelheads will don unique PINK jerseys in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. These one-of-a-kind jerseys will be available for auction following the game on CHL Auctions will all proceeds to be donated to the Breast Cancer Cause of the Canadian Cancer Society. 

For more information about the Pink at the Rink game night presented by Pandora Square One on January 27 featuring the Steelheads and Wolves, please visit mississaugasteelheads.com. Great seats for the game are available at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office, online at ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-682-6736. If you want to know more about cancer, visit www.cancer.ca or call the toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 

STEELHEADS TO HOST BELL LET’S TALK GAME

The Steelheads moving mental health forward in Mississauga with annual Bell Let’s Talk game on Sunday, January 20

On Sunday, January 20, the Mississauga Steelheads will play host to the Sarnia Sting for the 7th annual Bell Let’s Talk game night in support of mental health at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. 

Mental illness affects Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. Many people living with a mental illness report that the stigma causes them more suffering than the illness itself. As a result, two-thirds of those suffering from mental illness are too afraid to reach out for help. On January 20, we encourage our fans to join the conversation about mental health and help fight the stigma of mental illness. 

The Steelheads are proud to announce that the club will be donating $5 from every Platinum level ticket sold for the game on January 20 to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Dufferin Peel. 

  • Talk: Every mobile call and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers 
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers 
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at Twitter.com/Bell_LetsTalk
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame 
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at Instagram.com/bell_letstalk
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk. For more information about the Bell Let’s Talk game night on January 20featuring the Mississauga Steelheads and the Sarnia Sting, please visit mississaugasteelheads.com Great seats for the game are available at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office, online at ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-682-6736