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Steelheads honour and lend support to 13-year old Reese Meyer’s off ice battle

It was an emotional night at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday afternoon when the hockey club hosted their Superhero game; playing for much more than two points.

This past November, the Meyer family had their lives turned upside down. One day after school, 13-year old Reese Meyer collapsed with symptoms similar to a stroke. They quickly rushed him to emergency where he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. Since then, Reese has undergone several surgeries and is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Through this horrible experience the family has shown incredible strength and hope for their son.

Being the fighter that he is, Reese worked daily with physiotherapists at Princess Margaret to regain strength in his limbs with the ultimate goal of walking out to centre ice for puck drop at the Steelheads game. On January 26th, he did just that. When his name was called and he began walking along the red carpet, accompanied by his parents, Jennifer and Glenn and his sister Avalon, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house or a single person remaining in their seats. 

After a lengthy standing ovation, volunteers from the Caledon Hawks organization, Katrien Mooney and Sabrina Velo alongside Owner and President of the Mississauga Steelheads Elliott Kerr joined the Meyer family for a special cheque presentation.

When hearing of Reese’s story back in November, Elliott Kerr reached out to Katrien to find out how the Steelheads could support the family and the two groups decided on a ticket fundraiser. The dedication and hardwork of Katrien and her group of volunteers resulted in over 1,300 tickets being sold by the group and a donation of $25,000 to the Meyer family. 

Following powerful words from Katrien Mooney and Glenn Meyer, Reese took the microphone.  “I’m not used to being centre of attention but I appreciate how much my family and their friends have been watching over my mom, my dad, my sister, Avalon and me,” he said. “I promise to keep fighting the only way I know how — like a Hawk.”

As Reese walked off the ice, Steelheads players gathered on either side of the carpet, offering their appreciation and support for his continued battle.

The scene at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre was surreal. Consistent cheers of “GO REESE GO” echoed throughout the arena, and jerseys and signs showing support for their fellow Hawk painted the building. The Steelheads also hung a superhero jersey with Meyer’s number 3 behind the bench, a gesture that the Caledon East team made at hockey tournaments to honour Reese in his fight.

The script could not have been written better to cap off the afternoon as the Steelheads overcame a three-goal deficit to win in overtime. As the three stars were announced, it was Reese Meyer that would receive the honorary first star. Players Cole Schwindt and Keean Washkurak made a gesture of their own, bringing out Reese’s jersey that had been hung behind the bench, holding it high for the crowd and the Meyer family.

The fundraising isn’t over as the jerseys worn by the Steelheads for the Superhero Game are available for auction with proceeds supporting the Reese Meyer Family at this difficult time. To place a bid please click here.

Through this difficult time the Steelheads would like to offer the Meyer family and all the Caledon Hawks their support through this fight. This one’s for you Reese.

Steelheads to recognize Caledon minor hockey player Reese Meyer for Superhero game.

On Sunday January 26th, the Mississauga Steelheads host the Kitchener Rangers in the club’s first ever Superhero Game.

The Steelheads will be wearing speciality superhero jerseys, Black Panther themed, that will be available for auction following the game at CHL Auctions. Fans are also encouraged to join in on the action and dress up as their favourite superhero.

This game will also be recognizing a special individual who is fighting his own battle off the ice. In association with the Caledon Hawks, the Steelheads are showing support for 13-year-old Reese Meyer of Caledon East who was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in November. After learning about what Reese and his family were going through, the hockey club reached out to the minor hockey association to get involved and have partnered on a ticket fundraiser for the game where proceeds from all tickets sold by the association will be directed back to the family. To date, they have sold upwards of 900 tickets.

 Owner and President of the Mississauga Steelheads, Elliott Kerr commented on the game. “The hockey community is a very tight, very supportive family. I was touched by the strength of Reese and his family and by the positive energy surrounding him and the overwhelming desire by so many that wanted to help. The hockey community is one amazing community.”

Owner’s of 401 Dixie Kia Katie and Eric also spoke to the special tribute. “As proud partners of the Steelheads and members of the local hockey community, we’re very excited to be the official sponsor of Superhero Night in support of Reese Meyer and his family. Supporting events like this and being able to make a difference in our community is very important to us and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of the day. We’d like to encourage hockey fans in the region to secure their seats to the game through the Meyer family and help us make the game a resounding success.”  

To read more on Reese’s story and support the cause click here.

Our Family Pack which includes four red level tickets, four drinks, four popcorn and four souvenir programs, is also available for this game. For more information on how to claim this offer, click here.

Mississauga Chosen to Host Ontario Summer Games in 2022

The City of Mississauga has been selected by the Government of Ontario to host the 2022 Ontario Summer Games (OSG).

“Mississauga is thrilled to once again be selected to host the Ontario Summer Games. As Canada’s sixth-largest city, we pride ourselves on our ability to host large-scale sporting events like these. I want to thank the Province for choosing Mississauga. We can’t wait to welcome Ontario’s top athletes, their coaches, families and fans to our great City in 2022.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

“Mississauga is so deserving of this opportunity, as a diverse, welcoming, and energetic city that really embodies Ontario as the world in one province,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “I want to congratulate them on their successful bid. I can’t wait to celebrate the Games—and our athletes—with them!”

“Having hosted the 2016 Ontario Summer Games and the 2018 Ontario 55+ Summer Games, we are excited to build on those successful events and deliver an even better experience in 2022,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “Our staff and volunteers are ready to work with our host committee and start planning another great event for our community and the visiting athletes.”

City Council has appointed two City representatives to sit on the Host Committee; Councillors Karen Ras, Ward 2 and Matt Mahoney, Ward 8.

“Mississauga is already established as a leader in sport, but the opportunity to host another Ontario Summer Games will allow us to further showcase our world-class facilities and welcome more visitors to our City,” said Councillor Karen Ras, Ward 2 and Host Councillor for the Ontario Summer Games.

Lichterman added, Mississauga continues to deliver on its Sport Tourism Strategy with these successful bids.  Next year, the City is home to the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and the 2020 Karate Canada Junior National Championships. Mississauga is also hosting the 2021 Ontario Parasport Games.  

The 2022 Ontario Summer Games will be held in Mississauga from August 11-14, 2022.

About the Ontario Summer Games:

The Ontario Summer Games is the largest multi-sport event in the province. It attracts 3,000 young athletes 15 and 16 years old as well their coaches, managers, officials and their families. The Games are a program of the Ministry, Culture and Sport. For more information about the Games please visit: Games Ontario at mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/gamesontario/gamesontario.shtml

STEELHEADS TO HOST ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS GAME

Mississauga Steelheads partnering with Wawanesa Insurance, Peel Police and Salvation Army

With the holiday season quickly approaching the Mississauga Steelheads will be hosting their annual Toys For Tots game on Sunday December 15th at 2 pmwhen they take on the Kingston Frontenacs presented by Wawanesa Insurance. The hockey club is once again proud to work alongside the Peel Regional Police and the Salvation Army to help make a difference for families in need over the holidays.

Constable Emily Rogers, Toys for Tots Co-Chair commented on behalf of the campaign,  “The campaign’s success is directly attributed to the generosity of people in our region. It’s a true reflection of our amazing community and what can happen when we all work together. The Steelheads have been hosting an annual game on our behalf for many years. Your generosity and support is what makes Christmas possible. Happy holidays from our family to yours.”

Salvation Army representative, Major Norman Garcia adds, “We are thrilled that the Mississauga Steelheads are supporting The Salvation Army.  Their friendship helps us transform need in our community during Christmas into joy.”

The Steelheads, Peel Regional Police and the Salvation Army encourage all fans attending to support the toy drive by bringing an unwrapped gift or giving a cash donation to the kiosk located at the main gates. With a donation, fans will be entered for the chance to win a trip for two to the 2020 CHL Memorial Cup presented by Kia. Full contest details can be found by visiting wawanesa.com/toydrive.

“Happy kids, neighbours helping neighbours, and some of the best hockey in the world – it’s a winning combination to help more Canadian families enjoy this holiday season,” said Selena Hinds, Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs for Wawanesa Insurance. “We are thrilled to partner with the Canadian Hockey League, independent insurance brokers and local charities across Canada on this country-wide holiday toy drive. For us at Wawanesa Insurance, supporting the communities where we work and live is the essence of who we are.”

Misissauga will also get their first live look at number one overall pick from the 2019 OHL Priority Draft, Shane Wright. Wright was granted ‘Exceptional Player Status’ by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection which features 2003-born talents. He is just the fifth OHL player to receive the distinction following John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Oshawa Generals in 2005), defenceman Aaron Ekblad (Sun County Panthers/Barrie Colts in 2011), forward Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Erie Otters in 2012), and defenceman Sean Day (Detroit Compuware/Mississauga Steelheads in 2013). Tavares, Ekblad, and McDavid were all chosen first overall in their respective seasons and were later first overall picks in the NHL Draft.

This year’s Toys for Tots game also marks the third of five Winning Nights during the 2019-20 campaign. If the Steelheads secure 2 points on December 15th, fans in attendance will have an opportunity to redeem their ticket for a free ticket to the club’s game against Toronto Maple Leafs prospects Nick Roberston and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and the Peterborough Petes on January 5th.

Tickets for Sunday’s game can be purchased online via Ticketmaster or during regular Box Office hours at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Steelheads defenceman, Thomas Harley eyes chance to represent Canada at 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship

Hockey Canada announced today the 31 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ont. The players, including four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Included on the invite list was Steelheads rearguard Thomas Harley.

This isn’t the first time Harley has had his name called by Hockey Canada. The 6’3” defenceman first donned the red and white at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John, New Brunswick where he appeared in 5 games. Leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft, Harley was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship where he registered 4 points (1G, 3A) in 7 games. The 18-year old has also suited up for Team OHL twice in the CIBC Canada/Russia Series in both 2018 and 2019.

After returning from the Dallas Stars in late September, Harley has lit up the score sheet. Through 24 games, he sits tied for fifth among OHL defencemen in points (27) and leads all defencemen in goals (11). His offensive production comes as no surprise after finishing the 2018-19 season with 58 points (11A,47G) over 68 games.

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will air all 31 games at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, providing wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament.

Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and #WorldJuniors.