McLeod, Tippett and Hague are heading to the AHL
The Mississauga Steelheads are proud to announce that Michael McLeod, Owen Tippett and Nicolas Hague are heading to the American Hockey League.
Mikey McLeod, a Mississauga native, was drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils and will be heading to Binghamton. The 20-year-old centre spent the summer and the 2017-18 preseason in New Jersey before re-joining the Steelheads in November. He resumed his role as captain of the Steelheads and went on to register a total of 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 38 games, including his 200th OHL point. He led the Steelheads through to the playoffs and recorded 10 points in six postseason games. Being sent back to Mississauga also gave him the opportunity to represent Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships. With one goal and three assists in seven games, he helped lead his team to the gold medal. After four years, McLeod has totalled 215 games, 76 goals, 131 assists, 207 points and a 2017 Eastern Conference title in the OHL. He will be joining his former Steelheads teammate and “superbuddy’ Nathan Bastian on the Binghamton Devils.
Owen Tippett spent the very beginning of the 2017-18 hockey season with the Florida Panthers, who selected him in the first round (10th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Peterborough native played seven regular season games as a pro and recorded his first NHL goal on October 26 against the Anaheim Ducks. He reported to Mississauga in early November to strengthen his skills and went on to tie his career high of 75 points (36 goals, 39 assists) in 51 regular season games. Now he’s heading to the Springfield Thunderbirds. His OHL totals after three years come to 159 games, 95 goals, 75 assists and 170 points.
Nic Hague’s third season in the OHL was one for the record books. Hague became the first OHL defenceman to score 30 goals since the 1999-00 season and now holds the Steelheads’ franchise records for most points by a defenceman, most goals by a defenceman and most points by any player in a single season. The Kitchener native finished the season with 78 points (35 goals, 43 assists) in 67 games. The Vegas Golden Knights’ second round pick (34th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft also registered four assists in six postseason games this year. Hague has represented Canada twice in his career, first on Team Canada White at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (two goals, five games) and again on Team Canada at the 2016 World Under-18 Junior Championship (two assists, seven games). Hague attended the Knights’ inaugural training camp and played in one preseason game for the NHL club before spending the entire regular season in Mississauga.
The Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club would like to wish Mikey, Owen and Nic the best of luck in the AHL.