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Game Preview - September 20th vs. NIA

September 19, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Mississauga Steelheads News Release

Mississauga, ON - The Mississauga Steelheads open their season at home this Friday night, as they play host to the Niagara IceDogs at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. The 2019-20 roster is comprised of both veterans and rookies as the team looks to build off their explosive second half of the season that saw them finish 5th in the Eastern Conference.

RETURNING PLAYERS

There will be plenty of familiar faces on the ice for the Steelheads this season including:

D Thomas Harley - 2001 - Harley had a breakout season with the Steelheads in 2018-19, where he ranked 4th in the OHL for assists by defencemen. The Syracuse, NY native had a big summer, as he was named the 2018-19 OHL Defenceman of the Year and selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft. Going into his third OHL season, look for Harley to play big-time minutes and continue to be an offensive force on the backend.

F Cole Schwindt - 2001 - Schwindt surged in the second half of the 2018-19 season, where he had 26 points in 28 games following the OHL trade deadline. At 6'3", the power forward continued to develop his play and NHL teams started to take notice. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft. As Schwindt transitions into a veteran of the OHL, look for him to continue his breakout offensive performance in the 2019-20 season.

F Keean Washkurak - 2001 - Washkurak realized his offensive potential in 2018-19, where he recorded 47 points in 66 games. The Kitchener, ON native was selected to play for Team Canada at the IIHF World U18 Championship in Sweden following last season. The St. Louis Blues were impressed by his work ethic and playmaking abilities selecting him in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Draft. Washkurak will be expected to be a large part of the Steelheads in the upcoming season, as he was recently named the team's Assistant Captain.

F Nicholas Canade - 2000 - Canade is going his third OHL season and has proven himself as a leader for the team. In the offseason, the Mississauga native was named the OHL's Humanitarian of the Year for his contributions and dedication to the local community. As a veteran player, Canade will play an integral role in the success of the 2019-20 Mississauga Steelheads and will wear an "A" on his sweater for the second year in a row.

F Nick Isaacson - 1999 - Acquired from the Peterborough Petes in a mid-season trade, Isaacson fit right into the Steelheads lineup and never looked back. He appeared in 28 games following the trade deadline, registered 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists). Now an overager, Isaacson will be looking to continue his success wearing the blue and white.

D Liam Ham - 1999 - In March 2019, Ham was recognized for his on-ice contributions in the annual OHL Coaches Poll, where he was ranked the Eastern Conference's second best defensive defenceman. The Newmarket, ON native played in 41 games for the Steelheads last season where he scored 30 points (8 goals, 22 assists), proving himself as a reliable two-way player in both ends of the ice. Ham recently became the 7th Captain named in franchise history.

NEW FACES

It's a new season and that means plenty of new fan favourites taking to the ice for the Fish for the first time.

G Kai Edmonds - 2000 - Edmonds played the 2018-19 season as a member of the division rival Barrie Colts, where he suited up in 32 games with a 3.53 GAA and .896 SV%. Edmonds is an acrobatic, athletic goalie who will keep the Fish in the game all season.

F Max Dodig - 2002 - The Steelheads signed Dodig after his 2018-19 season with the Mississauga Reps which saw him record 79 points (46 goals, 33 assists) in 61 games. A 14th round priority selection pick in 2018, Dodig will bring a mix of both offense and physicality to the Steelheads in 2019-20. Whether it's laying a crushing hit or scoring a big-time goal, Dodig can impact the game in many different ways.

F Michael Stubbs - 2002 - Stubbs has been a dynamic offensive player on every team he's played for. In the 2018-19 season, Stubbs played for the Thunder Bay North Stars where he registered 41 points (25 goals, 16 assists) in 41 games and led his team to victory in the SIJHL Championship. Stubbs brings a high level of skill and a winning attitude to rink every day.

F Luca DelBelBelluz - 2003 - With the 51st overall pick in the 2019 Priority Selection, the Steelheads couldn't pass on the opportunity to take the talented DelBelBelluz. A smooth skating centreman, he played on the Toronto Red Wings in 2018-19 where he registered 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists) in 70 games. DelBelBelluz has experience playing in high pressured situations, as he led his team to the prestigious OHL Cup final at the end of the season.

D Chas Sharpe - 2003 - Sharpe played the 2018-19 season as a member of the North Central Predators, where he recorded 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) in 34 games. His season caught the eye of the Mississauga Steelheads, who selected him in the third round of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. Following the draft, Steelheads Head Coach and General Manager James Richmond described Sharpe as "a big strong solid 200 foot defenseman that will be tough to play against".

D Craig Spence - 2002 - The Steelheads were impressed with Spence throughout the 2019 Training Camp and chose to bring him aboard for the 2019-20 season signing him to an OHL Standard Player Agreement. Spence played the 2018-19 season as a member of the Chatham Maroons of the GOJHL where he registered 12 point (3 goals, 9 assists) in 45 games. Following the signing, James Richmond described Spence as a defenceman who plays hard every shift and will grow into a solid OHL player.

D Ole Bjørgvik-Holm - 2002 - A native of Oslo, Norway, the Steelheads selected defenceman Bjørgvik-Holm with their first round pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft. Holm played the 2018-19 season with the Colorado Thunderbirds of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, where he recorded 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 62 games. He also suited up in two games for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. The 6'1" defenseman looks to get on the radar for NHL scouts as he is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.

D Hayden Davis - 1999 - A veteran of the OHL, Davis surpassed the 200 games played mark with the Saginaw Spirit in the 2018-19 season. A June 2019 trade saw the Steelheads acquire Davis to help provide some experience and leadership on the blue line. Davis will play Friday against his former team, the Niagara IceDogs, where he began his OHL career in the 2015-16 season.

D Ethan Del Mastro - 2003 - Del Mastro was the Steelheads first round Priority Selection pick in 2019. A unique blend of size and skill, Del Mastro has drawn comparisons to teammate Thomas Harley. Del Mastro played the 2018-19 season with the Toronto Marlboros, where he registered 52 points (8 goals, 44 assists) in 73 games. Del Mastro's skillset will excite fans all season and for years to come.

MATCHUP

The Mississauga Steelheads played 6 games against the Niagara IceDogs in the 2018-19 season, walking away with wins in 3 of those games, 2 of which took place at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

September 23rd, 2018 - Niagara 8 @ Mississauga 6

October 5th, 2018 - Niagara 4 @ Mississauga 5 (OT)

November 1st, 2018 - Mississauga 1 @ Niagara 3

November 2nd, 2018 - Niagara 2 @ Mississauga 4

February 7th, 2019 - Mississauga 3 @ Niagara 1

March 14th, 2019 - Mississauga 2 @ Niagara 4

Veteran defenceman Thomas Harley played in all 6 games against the Niagara IceDogs scoring 1 goal and 6 assists.

Friday will mark the first of 6 meetings for the Steelheads against the IceDogs this season.

Friday, September 20th, 2019 - 7:00 P.M. - Paramount Fine Foods Centre

Friday, October 18th, 2019 - 7:00 P.M. - Paramount Fine Foods Centre

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 - 7:00 P.M. - Meridian Centre

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 - 7:00 P.M. - Meridian Centre

Friday, March 13th, 2020 - 7:00 P.M. - Paramount Fine Foods Centre

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 - 7:00 P.M. - Meridian Centre

The Steelheads have won 17 of 24 games all-time against the IceDogs while playing at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

The Home Opener marks the first "Winning Night" game, which means that if the Steelheads win fans will be able to redeem their tickets at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre box office for a free ticket to the Steelheads home game on November 1st.

Friday's festivities will kickoff at a tailgate party outside the Paramount Fine Foods Centre at 5:30 PM, which will provide fans with the opportunity to take in $5 food and beverages, interactive games, and the chance to win prizes. In addition, Country singer Paige Rutledge will be performing live on stage, and Sauga 960's Mike Richards and Dave Bastl will preview the Steelheads season with a remote access broadcast.


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