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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.

Steelheads complete trade with Ottawa 67’s

The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that the hockey club has traded forward Adam Varga to the Ottawa 67’s in exchange for a 6th round pick in 2020.

Varga, 18, played in 63 games for the Steelheads during the 2018-19 regular season recording 15 points (6G,9A) and has one assist through 14 games with the hockey club this season. In 123 career OHL games, the Bel Air, MD native has registered 23 points (7G,16A). Varga has also appeared in 8 playoff games registering his first career playoff goal on March 26th, 2018 against Barrie. 

“We want to thank Adam and his family for their time with the Steelheads. We wish him well and continued success with Ottawa.”

General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond

Varga was originally selected by the Mississauga Steelheads in the seventh round (121st overall) of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

Steelheads acquire right winger Ty Collins from Guelph Storm

The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that the hockey club has acquired forward Ty Collins from the Guelph Storm in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2022 (SAG) and a 5th round pick in 2022.

Collins, 17, has 6 points (4G,2A) through his first 11 games this season. In 59 career OHL games, the Newmarket, Ontario native has registered 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists). Collins also appeared in four playoff games last season during the Storm’s OHL Championship run. 

General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond had this to say about acquiring the 6’0, 177 lbs. forward:

“We are extremely excited to get another ’02 on our roster. Ty is very offensively gifted and will fit right into the lineup for this weekend.”

Collins was originally selected by the Guelph Storm in the second round (38thoverall) in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Following the draft, the right winger was selected to represent Team OMHA Black where he registered 5 points (2G,3A) in 4 games.

The Steelheads would like to officially welcome Ty Collins and his family to Mississauga.

Mississauga Steelheads will once again partner with the Canadian Cancer Society

MISSISSAUGA, ON – On Thursday November 21st, the Mississauga Steelheads host the London Knights in the club’s 8th annual Pink at the Rink game, presented by Pandora Square One.

Keeping with tradition, the Steelheads will don unique pink jerseys that will be available for auction following the game on CHL Auctions. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society as the club aims to surpass last year’s fundraising total. Keep an eye on Steelheads social media accounts in the coming weeks as we unveil this year’s Pink at the Rink jerseys.

Last season the hockey club was able to raise $8,763.32 for the Canadian Cancer Society, including a donation from a social media campaign started by Assistant Captain, Nic Canade. As part of the Pink at the Rink Game, Canade wanted to make an impact and posted a picture on Instagram, wearing a pink jersey from a previous season. His caption read “With the breast cancer awareness game coming up on Sunday for the Steelheads, I would like to donate .25 cents for every like I receive on this post for the first 10,000 likes. All the proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.” In just a matter of days, Canade generated over 65,000 likes on the post.

“I was actually talking to my parents, hoping it would get around 10,000 and it ended up blowing up with overwhelming support from everyone,” said Canade. “I’m just happy and overwhelmed by everything that’s happened.” During last season’s game, it was also announced that Enterprise Rent-A-Car would match Canade’s donation of $2,500 for a total of $5,000. A donation from defenceman Charlie Callaghan and his family would increase the final number to $6,000. “It’s something for me that touches close to home and (it does) for many other people obviously,” Canade said. “Getting it out there and making people aware of what we’re doing with the Steelheads organization is a big thing. I want to do it again this year… but make it bigger and better. I am hoping to get more companies involved and raise more money for the Canadian Cancer Society.”

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Steelheads complete trade with Sarnia Sting

The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that the hockey club has acquired overage forward Calvin Martin from the Sarnia Sting in exchange for an 8th round pick in 2023.

Martin, 20, has 9 points (5G,4A) over his first 8 games this season, averaging 1.13 points per game. In 143 career OHL games the Peterborough, Ontario native has registered 55 points (24 goals, 31 assists). Over a five-year career Martin has split playing time for the Soo Greyhounds (2015-2018), Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) (2018) and the Sarnia Sting (2018-2019).

General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond had this to say about acquiring the 6’0, 188 lbs. forward.

“We would like to welcome Calvin and his family to the Steelheads. Calvin has been a point-a-game guy this season and we have been looking to add offence to the lineup. He is a strong forward that we are extremely excited to get and will be inserted into the lineup for the game on Friday.”

Martin was originally selected by the Soo Greyhounds in the sixth round (121st overall) in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.