OHL 20 in 20 Season Preview: Mississauga Steelheads
The defending Eastern Conference champion Mississauga Steelheads are sending some big names to NHL training camps this week but their hopes don’t lie in McLeod, Tippett and Hague alone as a group of young, talented players is eager for a chance to shine.
2016-17 Record: 34-21-6-7 (1st Central Division)
Head Coach: James Richmond (2nd season)
Key additions: Thomas Harley, Merrick Rippon, Albert Michnac, Emanuel Vella, Keean Washkurak, Cole Schwindt, Adam Varga, Isaac Walker, Jake Gravelle
Notable graduates: Spencer Watson, Stefan LeBlanc, Matthew Mancina, Vili Saarijarvi
Leading scorer: Owen Tippett (60 GP, 44-31–75)
Leading scorer (defencemen): Nicolas Hague (65 GP, 18-28–46)
Leading scorer (rookie): Michael Little* (48 GP, 1-7–8)
Leading goaltender: Jacob Ingham (31 GP, 17-6-3-3, 2.69 GAA, .907 SV%, 2 SO)
Quick Hit: The 2017 Eastern Conference champion Steelheads were the OHL’s last place team on December 4th, 2016
#OHLOpeningWeek schedule: Fri. Sept. 22 vs. OTT, Sat. Sept. 23 at KGN
* – among returning players
This month ontariohockeyleague.com will feature one team each day in advance of the 2017-18 season which begins Thursday September 21. See more from the OHL 20 in 20 series.