Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads are pleased to announce the acquisition and commitment of defenceman, Merrick Rippon from the Kitchener Rangers. In exchange for Rippon, the Rangers will receive two second round selections, 2018 (NIA) and 2021, as well as a conditional selection in 2023.
Rippon was selected by the Rangers in the second round (36th overall) of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. The Ottawa, Ont., native spent the 2016-17 season with the Ottawa Jr. Senators of the Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL), where he led all rookie defencemen with 33 points (eight goals and 25 assists) in 59 games played. Rippon added a goal and nine assists during the Jr. Senators 12-game playoff run. Following a successful rookie campaign, he was named 2016-17 CCHL Rookie of the Year and is eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Mississauga Steelheads head coach and general manager, James Richmond is pleased with the addition, adding, “we are pleased to have Merrick and his family joining the Steelheads family. Merrick plays the game hard and fits exactly what we look for in a player. We are very excited to see Merrick in a Steelheads jersey and look forward to the season ahead. The entire staff would like to welcome Merrick and his family to the Mississauga Steelheads!”
Fans will have the opportunity to catch an early glimpse of Rippon and the rest of the Steelheads as training camp gets underway later this month, with the intra-squad blue and white games scheduled for Monday, August 28 (7PM at Hershey Centre Rink #2) and Tuesday, August 29 (3PM at Hershey Centre Rink #2).