Ontario Hockey League Hockey is almost upon us. The Mississauga Steelheads will open the 2018-19 campaign with a road game against the 67’s in Ottawa on Friday, September 21st before returning home to take on the Niagara IceDogs in the club’s Home Opener on Sunday, September 23rd at 2:00 PM.
Sunday’s Matinee against the IceDogs marks the first of 6 meetings between the two clubs this season and the first game played at the newly named Paramount Fine Foods Centre. The first 2,000 fans through the gate on Sunday afternoon will go home with a collectible magnet schedule courtesy of the game’s official sponsor, Paramount Fine Foods.
In 6 meetings last year, the two clubs split the season series 3-3 with the Steelheads winning all 3 games played on home ice. The club will look to continue that trend to open the 2018-19 season at home on Sunday afternoon.
Mississauga Steelheads – Players to Watch
Ryan McLeod: The Mississauga-native registered a career-high 70 points in 68 games last season before being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The former 3rd overall pick (2015) is poised to take another big step this season for the Steelheads.
Filip Reisnecker: Reisnecker was taken 24th overall in this summer’s CHL import draft after registering 59 points (25G, 34A) in 28 games with EV Regensberg’s U19 squad last season. The German-national is a late-birth ’01 and is projected to be a top pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Michael Little: After registering 28 points (14G, 14A) last season, the Mississauga-native is expected to take a big jump this year and be a key contributor up front for the fish. Little has posted 2 goals in 2 pre-season games to date.
Niagara IceDogs – Players to Watch
Akil Thomas: After a breakout season with 22 goals and 81 points last season, Thomas was selected in the 2nd round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the LA Kings. The former 12th overall pick (2016) has registered 129 points in 129 career OHL games.
Kirill Maksimov: Since being acquired via trade from the Saginaw Spirit midway through the 2016-17 season Maksimov’s production has sky-rocketed – posting 49 goals and 102 points through 91 games with the IceDogs. The Concord, ON native is a 5th round pick of the Edmonton Oilers.
Tickets for the 2018-19 Home Opener and all regular season home games are now available in person at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office, by phone @ (905) 502-9100 or online through TicketMaster.