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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