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Mississauga Awarded 2016 Skate Canada International

MISSISSAUGA, ON: The Mississauga Celebration Square Ice Rink hosted some of Canada’s top skaters today as Skate Canada, in partnership with the City of Mississauga and Toronto Tourism, announced that Mississauga has been awarded the hosting of the 2016 Skate Canada International competition. The event will take place from October 27-30, 2016 at the Hershey Centre. Ticket packages for the event will go on sale to the public this Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Mississauga has been one of the leading host cities for Skate Canada competitions. Skate Canada International has visited the city in 2011, 2003 and 2000, Skate Canada Challenge was held in 2008 through 2011, and in 2013 the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships were also held at the Hershey Centre.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Mississauga for the 43rd instalment of Skate Canada International. Over the years the City of Mississauga, Toronto Tourism and the Hershey Centre have proven to be valuable partners and have contributed to the success of several Skate Canada events,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “Over the event weekend, fans will see some spectacular skating from Canadian stars and high-level international athletes. It is an event you won’t want to miss out on. We hope to see the community come out and support all the competitors.”

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Steelheads acquire Jake O’Donnell from Sarnia

Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that they have acquired defenceman Jake O’Donnell from the Sarnia Sting in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2016.

O’Donnell was selected by the Sting in the fourth round (61st overall) of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  Last season, the Bowmanville, Ontario native split time with the Sting and the Sarnia Legionnaires of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 16 games with the Sarnia Sting, O’Donnell recorded 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists), and 13 points (1 goal, 12 assists) in 42 games with the Legionnaires. Prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, O’Donnell was invited to the U-17 Development Camp where he suited up for Team Black alongside Steelheads’ defenceman, Nicolas Hague. He pitched in for 1 goal and 1 assist in three games for Team Black.

During the 2013-14 season, O’Donnell recorded 12 points in 31 games with the Clarington Toros. The 98-born defenceman also had impressive showing at the U-16 Ontario Gold Cup that season, picking up 5 points in as many games for Team OMHA White.

The Steelheads would like to welcome Jake and the O’Donnell family to the organization.

Raptors To Hold Open Practice At Hershey Centre

The Toronto Raptors will continue their preseason preparations with an open practice presented by Ford Canada on Wednesday, October 21 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga. At this free event, Raptors fans will have an opportunity to preview the team during an intra-squad game, win one of many exciting giveaways and interact with Raptors alumni.

The open practice will also include team introductions plus performances by the Raptors Dance Pak and the Raptors mascot. Every fan in attendance will receive a free Raptors t-shirt. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the event starting at 6 p.m.

This will mark the first year that Ford Canada, Founding Partner of the Toronto Raptors, will be presenting the annual event.

Hershey Centre will be home to Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, for the team’s inaugural season. The club will play 22 regular season games in Mississauga with the home opener set for Thursday, November 19 versus the Maine Red Claws.

For more information about open practice tickets please visit raptors.com/openpractice. For the best chance at tickets fans are encouraged to join the Raptors e-mail offers list, become a Raptors 905 season seat holder or find the Ford Street Fleet at specific locations. Limited tickets are available.