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STEELHEADS COMPLETE SECOND TRADE WITH SPIRIT

For the second time in three days, Steelheads GM James Richmond has completed a trade with the Spirit ahead of next week’s deadline. Heading to Saginaw in the deal is long-time Steelhead, Owen Tippett. In exchange for the Peterborough native, the Steelheads receive ’01 Centreman, Aidan Prueter, a 3rd round pick in ’19 (SAG), a 7th round pick in ’19 (SAG), a 2nd round pick in ’20 (BAR), a 3rd round pick in ’20 (SAR), a 7th round pick in ’20 (SAG) and a 2nd round pick in ’21 (SBY).

Head Coach and GM, James Richmond comments on today’s transaction, “We would like to thank Owen Tippett for his time with the Mississauga Steelheads. He is a very special person and we wish the very best for him. Owen is a wonderful teammate and as fans have seen, a very electrifying hockey player. He will be missed and we wish him well.”

Originally selected 4th overall by the Steelheads in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Tippett amassed a club record 114 goals and 203 points in just 182 regular season contests to go along with 27 points in 33 post-season appearances.

In regards to the player coming back in the deal, Richmond adds, “We are excited about adding Aidan Prueter to our hockey club. Aidan brings a high compete level and skill set to our team. We have just added another core piece for our hockey team now and moving forward. We would like to welcome Aidan and his family to the Steelheads family.”

Prueter, a late-birth ’01 Centreman, was selected 24th overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection by the Saginaw Spirit. In this, his second full Ontario Hockey League season, the London native has recorded 6 goals and 13 assists for a total of 19 points in 36 games played. In his rookie season with the Spirit, Prueter posted 3 goals and 11 points while skating in 63 of the club’s 68 games. Aidan is not eligible for the NHL Entry Draft until 2020.

Following today’s trade, the Steelheads roster now boasts 4 players selected in the top 30 of the 2017 OHL draft including Thomas Harley, Aidan Prueter, Duncan Penman and Keean Washkurak.

STEELHEADS COMPLETE TRADE WITH FIREBIRDS

The Steelheads opened 2019 by completing a trade with the West Division’s Flint Firebirds on Tuesday morning. In exchange for the club’s 4th round pick in the 2024 OHL Priority Selection, the Steelheads have acquired veteran forward, CJ Clarke from the Firebirds.

CJ Clarke

Clarke was originally selected 29th overall in the 2015 draft by the Peterborough Petes after amassing 64 points in 77 games as a member of the 2015 OHL Cup Champion Toronto Marlboros.

The Mississauga native has skated in a total of 213 OHL regular season games with his time split between the Petes (80) and the Firebirds (133). After registering a career-high 16 goals and 28 points last season, Clarke has posted 6 goals and 11 points through his first 38 games in 2018-19.

Head Coach and General Manager, James Richmond comments, “We are happy to welcome CJ and his family to the Steelheads organization. CJ is a versatile forward that we believe will improve our team immediately.”

Clarke is expected to make his Steelheads debut on Thursday, January 3rd when the Steelheads travel to Peterborough to take on the club that originally selected him in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.C

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.