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

City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Re-opening Plans, Public Engagement, Events Cancelled

Re-opening plans and procedures outlined, Public Engagement – projects identified, Permits & Events Cancelled to September 7, MiWay Safety During Pandemic

Today, Mississauga City Council approved a plan for a measured and phased re-opening of outdoor recreation amenities, cancelling events at City facilities to September 7, 2020 and plans and principles for community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to work to protect our City while taking a slow and measured approach to re-opening our parks facilities. Today, Council made the decision to first reopen individual activities in parks that carry a lower risk such as skateboard and leash-free dog parks. We will explore a broader re-opening based on case numbers and how well people follow the guidelines. We also made the tough decision today to cancel major festivals and large events at City facilities and parks for the rest of the summer in an effort to prevent further spread. We remain committed to engaging the community on City building projects and will proceed with virtual engagement sessions on essential, priority projects. We once again thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding as we navigate re-opening and recovery.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Phased Re-Opening of Outdoor Recreation Facilities

Council approved a phased approach and safety procedures for the re-opening of City outdoor recreation amenities. Communications, physical distancing and signage are included in the plans and will be developed. Phases will be implemented in consultation with the Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health. Physical distancing is now a requirement in the park amenity re-openings as per the updated Provincial Orders.

The following outdoor recreation amenities have re-opened with safety and operational plans in place to minimize risks associated with COVID-19 (City of Mississauga Phase 1):

  • Municipal Golf Courses
  • Public Marinas and boat launch at Lakefront Promenade
  • Community Gardens, in partnership with Ecosource 

Park and Community Parking lots

Select park and community parking lots will open on Friday May 29, 2020.  Parking lots associated with Phase 2 amenities will open as those facilities are made available to the public. 

Phase 2 – Starting June 1, 2020

  • Park benches and picnic shelters
  • Leash-free zones
  • BMX/Skate parks
  • Public tennis courts
  • Community tennis clubs
  • Seasonal washrooms and portable washrooms

Physical distancing measures must be maintained as per the Provincial Order.

Phase 3 – To be completed within 10 days of approval and with guidance from the Peel Region Medical Officer of Health

  • Multi-sport, basketball and bocce courts
  • Community sport fields

Physical distancing measures must be maintained 

Phase 4/TBD – These facilities continue to remain closed until further notice. 

  • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment (currently closed under Provincial Order)
  • Public boat launch at Marina Park will open when highwater levels subside 

Enforcement will continue to focus on education and ensuring residents are informed about ongoing closures and any re-openings.

Park Ambassador Program

As outdoor recreation facilities begin a phased re-opening, the City will be redeploying full-time staff to work in pairs at our major parks across the City.  They will be clearly identified as City staff and will engage with residents to educate them on physical distancing requirements and closures within our parks.

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Festivals, Events and Gatherings within City Facilities Cancelled to September 7

Council approved the cancellation of permits for major festivals, large events and other gatherings in City facilities until September 7, 2020. Impacted permit holders will be notified by City staff.

As provincial orders are revised, City staff will work with guidance from Peel Public Health on establishing parameters for the safe re-opening of facilities and permitting of small group activities.

Community Engagement for City-Led Projects During COVID–19 Pandemic

Council approved a report on Community Engagement for identified City-Led Projects and engagement principles during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

Staff looked at projects:

  • with statutory engagement requirements
  • deemed as “essential” projects under Ontario Regulation 82/20 – Closure of Non-Essential Businesses
  • having a level of risk with further delay associated with project timing, cost, resources, development dependencies and quality of engagement 

All engagements proceeding during the pandemic are to apply the following principles:

  • No in-person engagement until further notice
  • Project Leads to work with the local ward Councillor on appropriate timing and engagement methods
  • Virtual engagement sessions to be conducted through City-supported technology tools and paired with universally accessible methods (e.g., individual telephone calls, direct mail notification, e-mails, online surveys)
  • Engagement during popular vacation weeks and dates of significance should be avoided in keeping with regular practices

Development applications are not in scope of these engagements.

MiWay Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

MiWay remains committed to providing city-wide transit service and supporting the physical distancing efforts recommended by Peel Public Health and the provincial and federal governments.

At this time the Ontario Ministry of Health recommends the use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when physical distancing and keeping two-metres’ distance from others may be challenging or not possible such as on public transit. Learn about face coverings, including how to properly fit, wear, remove and clean your non-medical face mask while using MiWay.

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To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/coronavirus or call 311.

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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