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STEELHEADS DEFENCEMAN ETHAN DEL MASTRO SELECTED BY BLACKHAWKS IN 2021 NHL DRAFT

Ethan Del Mastro drafted in the fourth round of 2021 NHL Draft by Chicago

Following the first round of the draft Friday night, the NHL held rounds two through seven on Saturday afternoon. The day would see the first ever Steelhead drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks organization, defenceman Ethan Del Mastro.

Del Mastro, was the only Steelheads player selected and it was the Chicago Blackhawks that would take him in the fourth round, 105th overall. NHL Central Scouting had the Freelton, Ontario native 57th amongst North American Skaters in their final prospect rankings, eliteprospects.com had Del Mastro 62nd on their list prior to the draft and McKeen’s Hockey ranked him at 52nd. He was originally selected by the Steelheads in the first round of the 2019 OHL Priority selection at 12th overall.

Prior to the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, Del Mastro registered 7 points (7 assists) in 57 games for the club playing top line defensive minutes. This past April he was selected to represent Canada in the 2021 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Frisco, Texas. The 6’5, 210 lbs left-shot defenceman played an important role in all seven games and recorded two assists in the tournament, helping Canada to a gold medal. Del Mastro has a multitude of international competition experience and continues to bolster his resume. He has represented Canada in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as well as the World Selects Invitational at the U15, U14, U13, and U12 level.

The Mississauga Steelheads sign first round pick Luke Misa to Standard Player Agreement

“I’m excited to sign with the Steelheads. Looking forward to learning from my new coaches and teammates- proud to wear the blue and white!”

Luke Misa

Steelheads General Manager and Head Coach, James Richmond announced early Monday morning that 2021 first round pick, Luke Misa has signed a Standard Player Agreement with the hockey club.

The 9th overall pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, registered an impressive 62 points (31 goals, 31 assists) in 33 games at center for the Oakville Rangers during the 2019-20 season. Misa was one of the top scorers for the Rangers during the campaign with a point per game average of 1.88 and is known for his speed.

“(Oakville was) a quick team and he was probably their quickest straight-line skater. Not many guys in his age group can keep up with him,” OHL Director of Central Scouting Darrell Woodley said in Misa’s prospect profile.

Steelheads GM and Head Coach, James Richmond commented on today’s signing, “We are excited to announce that Luke Misa and his Family have committed to the Mississauga Steelheads. Luke is a fast dynamic player with the puck. His ability to make plays at high speed will no doubt bring Steelheads fans out of their seats. Even without the puck, Luke’s on ice intelligence and energy allows him to strip pucks from his opponents which will fit in real nicely with the uptempo Steelheads style of play. We can’t wait to see Luke in the blue and white very soon! We are very happy to welcome Luke and his family to our Steelheads family and can’t wait to get started.”

Don’t Skate on Thin Ice! Avoid Frozen Bodies of Water

According to the Lifesaving Society, did you know that 35 per cent of drownings in Canada occur from October to April and ice accidents account for most of these incidents? Although it’s tempting to want to skate, walk or play hockey on frozen bodies of water, it’s very dangerous. Many lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks have deep water, weak ice and constantly changing water levels – putting you at risk of falling through the ice.

The City of Mississauga Parks By-law prohibits people from going on snow or ice-covered ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and other bodies of water in City parks that are not maintained for the safety of the community. If you see someone venturing on any City-owned bodies of water (E.g. Osprey Marsh, Lake Aquitaine) during the winter, notify the City by calling 311 (905-615-4311 outside of City limits). The City will dispatch an enforcement officer to come to the site to seek compliance through education, but will take enforcement action if required.

While COVID-19 has restricted many traditional winter fun activities, outdoor skating is something you can still participate in safely, while getting exercise and enjoying some fresh air outdoors.

If you’d like to skate in Mississauga, you can visit three City-operated rinksor one of 37 natural ice rinks in neighbourhood parks. Find a natural ice rink near you by viewing the City’s interactive map.

When skating outdoors, it’s important to have fun in a safe manner. Remember to continue practising public health measures including:

  • Staying a safe distance of two metres (six feet) from others
  • Wearing a face covering
  • Staying home if you are ill and getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If visiting a City-operated rink, please register at activemississauga.ca. You do not need to register to use a natural ice rink.

Mississauga Rows its Way to the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships

Today, the World Rowing Federation (FISA – from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron), announced that the City of Mississauga will host the World Rowing Indoor Championships in 2023. The Championship will be held on February 25 and 26, 2023 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

“Mississauga is thrilled to be selected to host the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships. Our successful bid reflects our ability to manage internationally-known sporting events at a premiere sports venue like the Paramount Fine Food Centre. Mississauga is a diverse, welcoming and energetic city. We can’t wait to welcome the world’s top indoor rowing competitors, their coaches, families and fans to our great city in 2023.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

This is the first time Mississauga has hosted the World Championships but we have been host to the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (CIRC) for the past 11 years.

“Tourism Mississauga championed this bid which will bring visitors from across the world to Mississauga. With an excellent transportation system, great amenities and exceptional restaurants, coupled with a vibrant downtown that boasts arts and culture, and a plethora of tourist attractions and activities, Mississauga has something for every athlete, spectator and attendee to enjoy.”

Toni Frankfurter, Chair, Tourism Mississauga
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OHA JUNIOR A PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Ontario Hockey Association is pleased to announce that Harrison Israels (Mississauga, Ont.) has been named the OHA 2019-20 Junior A Player of the Year, as selected in partnership by the Ontario Hockey Association and Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). 

JUNIOR C PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Harrison Israels, Oakville Blades

Israels, a 20-year-old centre, was among the OJHL’s top players in 2019-20, in what was his second season in the League.

The 6’1” 190 pound forward skated his second season with the West Division’s Oakville Blades in 2019-20 and was tied in league scoring with 86 points (29G/57A) in 51 games this season. He was also the league-leader in assists with 57. Israels also led the Blades in scoring by a 16 point margin and was tied with teammate Jack Ricketts in goals with 29.

In four 2020 postseason games Israels netted four goals and added an assist for five points in what was a shortened playoffs.

Israels was named the OJHL’s Player of the Month in September 2019 and was named to the league’s First-Team All-Star team at the commencement of the regular season.

The 2018-19 season was Israels’ first in the OJHL and he was part of the OHA Buckland Cup and Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Oakville Blades. He led the Blades in regular season goals with 27 last season and won the Blades’ “Unsung Hero-forward” award.

His efforts earned him a scholarship with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks as he boasted an 87 per cent academic average at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. Israels has committed to play for University of Alaska-Fairbanks men’s ice hockey team in the 2020-21 season and he will also take the Business Administration program.

Prior to skating in two OJHL seasons with Oakville, Israels played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) with the Mississauga Senators. In his Midget AAA season, Israels posted 28 points in 31 games. From the GTHL Israels then played in the North Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and had a 69 point season (38G/31A) in 38 games with the Powassan VooDoos before joining the OJHL Blades.

Israels volunteered with P3 hockey School where he would work with community youth hockey teams every weekend and the odd weekday to them basic hockey instruction. Israels would also work with coaches to help them develop practices for their respective teams, as well as helping out at winter and summer camps.

The centreman believes he was a good candidate for the award because all year long he was tasked with consistently managing his time while playing to the best of his ability. This season he balanced a busy junior hockey schedule while taking part-time University courses, working a retail job at West Star Athletics, and volunteering with youth hockey teams. Israels says at points he was pushed to exhaustion, however he continued to produce on the ice and was a good leader within my team and community.

“Overall this season has further prepared me for college next year and has made me a good candidate for this award,” said Israels.

Israels is described by his peers as dedicated, hardworking and personable. In April, Israels was also named a finalist for the CJHL’s Top Forward Award. At the end of the OJHL season, Israels was named OJHL MVP for the 2019-20 season.

Congratulations to Harrison Israels on being named the 2019-20 OHA Junior A Player of the Year.

Recent Winners – OHA Junior A Player of the Year

2014-15 Steve Hladin, Georgetown Raiders

2015-16 Luc Brown, Wellington Dukes

2016-17 Jack Jacome, Georgetown Raiders

2017-18 Andrew Petrucci, Toronto Jr. Patriots

2018-19 Jett Alexander, North York Rangers

Photo credit: Spencer Smye/OJHL Images

OHA AWARDS SCHEDULE

June 1 – Trainer of the Year & Coach of the Year

June 2 – OHA Top Prospects

June 3 – Donald Sanderson Memorial Award

June 4 – BJ Monro Memorial Award

June 5 – Officiating Awards