With high-end younger talent and a solid group of 2002-born skaters, the Mississauga Steelheads are ready to return to the OHL stage boasting an excitement and a chemistry that already has Head Coach and General Manager James Richmond impressed.
“Here in Mississauga, the kids are so excited to be on the ice again. It’s just fun to be back doing what we love to do, and these guys are just having fun doing it. We really like our group and they love being together.” – James Richmond
2019-20 Record: 27-29-4-1 , 59 points (Third in Central Division)
Head Coach: James Richmond (Fifth season)
Opening Game: Sat., Oct. 19 @ KGN
Norwegian talent Ole Bjorgvik-Holm returns to the Mississauga blue line this season following pro stints back home in Norway and with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters. Over his rookie year in 2019-20, the 6-foot-3 defenceman posted two goals and 17 assists in 57 OHL games. The recently-signed Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick boasts experience, mobility and size and is expected to lead a strong back end alongside fellow NHL Draft choice Ethan Del Mastro.
Ethan Del Mastro
A gold medal winner for Team Canada at the U18 World Championships and 2021 fourth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-foot-4 Ethan Del Mastro sticks out as a big rig on the back end. The returning defender boasts a calm composure and effective shutdown game sure to bolster the Steelheads’ blue line upon his return from the Blackhawks’ training camp.
When it comes to this team’s offensive strength, it starts with James Hardie. The natural goal scorer will skate into a leadership role this season as one of the club’s older players, having learned from graduates that include Thomas Harley, Cole Schwindt and Keean Washkurak. A 200-foot skater who can do a lot of damage on both ends of the ice, the veteran forward is sure to be a force, looking to follow up on his team-leading 34-goal sophomore performance back in 2019-20. One can expect Hardie will be playing with a chip on his shoulder too, looking to prove he shouldn’t have been passed over in the last two NHL Drafts.