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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

OHA JUNIOR C PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Ontario Hockey Association is pleased to announce that Ryley Cribbin (Drayton, Ont.) has been named the 2019-20 Junior C Player of the Year, as selected in partnership by the Ontario Hockey Association and Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL). 

JUNIOR C PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Ryley Cribbin, Mount Forest Patriots

Cribbin had an incredible final season in the Provincial Junior Hockey League. He skated in his fourth and final season with the PJHL Pollock Division’s Mount Forest Patriots in 2019-20 and he had his best statistical season in his junior hockey career. His 86 points (39G/47A) led the Patriots in scoring this season. Cribbin’s tallies for goals (39) and assists (47) were also tops among all Mount Forest players. His point total this season was a 32 point increase on his previous PJHL career-high 54 points, which he set with the Patriots in the 2017-18 season.

Eighty-six points had Cribbin just one point shy of the PJHL scoring lead, as he finished second in league scoring to Napanee’s Evan Foley (87 points). In addition to placing second in league scoring, Cribbin also finished second in goals scored with 39, which was also one shy of the league leading 40 goals scored by Norwich’s Jake Luke. At season’s end, Cribbin was named MVP of the Pollock Division. 

2019-20 was the 21-year-old forward’s sixth season in the OHA. Cribbin first made the jump to the OHA as an AP with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s (GOJHL) Elmira Sugar Kings. His first stint with Elmira was in the 2014-15 season where he played just one game. He joined the Sugar Kings for a full season in 2015-16 and played 48 games and posted three goals and 15 points as a 16-year-old. In 2017-18, Cribbin split the season with the Listowel Cyclones (GOJHL) and Patriots (PJHL). 

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City of Mississauga Reopens City-Owned Golf Courses

The City of Mississauga will be reopening its two owned golf courses, BraeBen and Lakeview. Golf courses are the first City facilities in Mississauga to open and will help lead the way in the City’s recovery plan. The City will be meeting COVID-19 safety guidelines established by the province and will incorporate other best practices within the industry.

“I’m supportive of the Province’s decision to reopen golf courses with strict physical distancing and enhanced health and safety measures in place. I know many golfers are anxious to hit the green and enjoy the great outdoors. While the experience may be a bit different this year, the safety of players and staff is our top priority right now. Most golfers I know spend most of their time away from others looking for their ball. These reopenings will also help the City recover lost revenue and address our financial losses as a result of this pandemic.”

Mayor Crombie

BraeBen will open to customers on Saturday, May 16, 2020 and Lakeview will open the following week on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Tee times can be booked over the phone and online as of Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m. BraeBen’s 9-hole course and driving range will remain closed until further notice. All tournaments, instruction, group clinics, and league play will not be permitted until further notice.

“Staff have been working hard over the past several weeks preparing our two great golf courses in anticipation of today’s announcement, and we look forward to helping our residents slowly get back to a more active and enjoyable quality of life. All measures such as physical distancing, proper hygiene standards, screening protocols and use of proper PPEs will be enforced within the clubhouse, as well as maintenance buildings to keep our staff and the public safe.” 

Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation

The following procedures will be in place at both City golf courses to ensure overall public safety consistent with recently announced provincial guidelines:

Golf Course

·         Practice greens to remain closed

·         Tee-times will be spaced out to reduce congestion 

·         Bookings must be made in advance by phone or visit our website to book a tee time online mississauga.ca/portal/discover/golf

·         Flags must remain in place and holes will be modified for hands-free ball retrieval

·         Bunker rakes, ball washers and water stations removed from the course

·         Benches removed or blocked off where fixed

·         On-course washrooms to remain closed

·         No beverage carts

·         Power carts will be limited to one person per cart, unless the occupants reside in the same household

·         Power carts, pull carts and rental clubs will be thoroughly disinfected after each use

Food Services

·         Only limited menu grab and go food services will be offered   

Clubhouse & Proshop

·         Clubhouse will remain closed to the public with the exception of the proshop areas for check-in and washroom access only

·         Door attendant to use screening measures with all guests and staff, and limit access to clubhouse/proshop with a separate entrance and exit

·         All tables and chairs inside and outside of the clubhouse will be removed

·         Protective plexiglass shields installed at pro-shop and food concession counters

·         Floor markings added to ground indicating 6ft spacing

·         Only pre-packaged balls and tees will be sold.  All other retail options will be put away until further notice such as clothing, golf shoes, hats and accessories

·         Customers will be encouraged to use debit or credit card for payments, but cash accepted if necessary

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit:Mississauga.ca/coronavirus.

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.