Ethan Del Mastro drafted in the fourth round of 2021 NHL Draft by Chicago
Following the first round of the draft Friday night, the NHL held rounds two through seven on Saturday afternoon. The day would see the first ever Steelhead drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks organization, defenceman Ethan Del Mastro.
Del Mastro, was the only Steelheads player selected and it was the Chicago Blackhawks that would take him in the fourth round, 105th overall. NHL Central Scouting had the Freelton, Ontario native 57th amongst North American Skaters in their final prospect rankings, eliteprospects.com had Del Mastro 62nd on their list prior to the draft and McKeen’s Hockey ranked him at 52nd. He was originally selected by the Steelheads in the first round of the 2019 OHL Priority selection at 12th overall.
Prior to the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, Del Mastro registered 7 points (7 assists) in 57 games for the club playing top line defensive minutes. This past April he was selected to represent Canada in the 2021 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Frisco, Texas. The 6’5, 210 lbs left-shot defenceman played an important role in all seven games and recorded two assists in the tournament, helping Canada to a gold medal. Del Mastro has a multitude of international competition experience and continues to bolster his resume. He has represented Canada in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as well as the World Selects Invitational at the U15, U14, U13, and U12 level.
“I’m excited to sign with the Steelheads. Looking forward to learning from my new coaches and teammates- proud to wear the blue and white!”
Steelheads General Manager and Head Coach, James Richmond announced early Monday morning that 2021 first round pick, Luke Misa has signed a Standard Player Agreement with the hockey club.
The 9th overall pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, registered an impressive 62 points (31 goals, 31 assists) in 33 games at center for the Oakville Rangers during the 2019-20 season. Misa was one of the top scorers for the Rangers during the campaign with a point per game average of 1.88 and is known for his speed.
“(Oakville was) a quick team and he was probably their quickest straight-line skater. Not many guys in his age group can keep up with him,” OHL Director of Central Scouting Darrell Woodley said in Misa’s prospect profile.
Steelheads GM and Head Coach, James Richmond commented on today’s signing, “We are excited to announce that Luke Misa and his Family have committed to the Mississauga Steelheads. Luke is a fast dynamic player with the puck. His ability to make plays at high speed will no doubt bring Steelheads fans out of their seats. Even without the puck, Luke’s on ice intelligence and energy allows him to strip pucks from his opponents which will fit in real nicely with the uptempo Steelheads style of play. We can’t wait to see Luke in the blue and white very soon! We are very happy to welcome Luke and his family to our Steelheads family and can’t wait to get started.”
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.”
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.
The Steelheads making effort to reduce blood shortages in Mississauga with partnership with Hockey Gives Blood and Canadian Blood Services on Friday, March 8, 2019
The Steelheads are proud to announce the team’s first ever Bleed Blue game presented by GoodLife Fitness will be held on Friday, March 8th when the club faces off against the Hamilton Bulldogs. “Since 1979, it has been GoodLife Fitness’ vision to provide every Canadian with the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. For over 7 years, GoodLife Fitness has been a proud sponsor of the Mississauga Steelheads, bringing our vision to life in the GTA! The strong partnership between GoodLife Fitness and the Steelheads has allowed athletes and fans to be active through sports, accessible memberships and great group fitness programming. As a loyal partner, GoodLife Fitness is proud to offer 7-day trials to all fans. Get yours today by visiting the GoodLife Fitness booth during the game on March 8th. ”
This year the Steelheads have teamed up with Hockey Gives Blood in partnership with Canadian Blood Services. Hockey Gives Blood is a non-profit society founded by four former hockey players in an effort to reduce blood shortages nationwide. The group was inspired by two events; the first was when co-founder Stu Middleton’s father tragically passing away en-route to one of Stu’s junior hockey games and the second; last year’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The organization prides itself on its belief “that every team, league and player can make a lasting difference to ensure something good could come from any situation.” It is due to this belief that Hockey Gives Blood now exists.
For the March 8th game, the Steelheads will be wearing one of a kind Bleed Blue jerseys. Hockey Gives Blood Co-founder Stu Middleton comments, “A first in the Ontario Hockey League; the ‘Bleed Blue’ jersey’s will be proudly worn by the Mississauga Steelheads to help score the ultimate goal. Cheer for us March 8, 2019, as we team up with Hockey Gives Blood and support Canadian Blood Services.” The specially-designed Bleed Blue jerseys will be auctioned off following the game and all proceeds will be donated to Hockey Gives Blood in partnership with the Canadian Blood Services. Follow the Mississauga Steelheads on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at OHLSteelheads for the official reveal of the 2019 Bleed Blue specialty jerseys coming soon!
The game will see the Trout take on Eastern Conference rival and defending OHL Champion, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Steelheads will be looking to avenge their February 13th shootout loss to the Bulldogs that ended their three-game win streak. Arthur Kaliyev is one to watch for in this game, the forward has 47 goals on the year and is a projected first-round pick in this summer’s 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
You won’t want to miss out on the inaugural Bleed Blue Theme Night! Great seats for the game are available at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office, online at ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-682-6736. Join us on March 8th to see some great hockey and support a great cause!