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.