Named Assistant Captain in September
On September 19th, 2018 the Mississauga Steelheads announced Nicholas Canade as their Assistant Captain. After a rookie season in which Canade registered 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 63 games, it wasn’t just his on-ice play that caught the attention of his coaches and peers.
Head Coach and General Manager James Richmond commented prior to the season, “Canade is a well-respected player in our dressing room and around the league. He plays with a tremendous amount of energy and speed that we believe epitomizes what the Steelheads are about. He is a wonderful young man. His work ethic on and off the ice is second to none.”
Canade also spoke about what wearing the “A” on the sweater meant to him, “It is both an honour and a privilege to be named Assistant Captain for my hometown team. We have a hard working, passionate and character filled team who are all prepared for an exciting season. I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such great teammates and to be part of such an amazing organization.”
The Mississauga, Ontario native certainly seized the opportunity he was given this season. He made numerous community appearances, raised significant proceeds through his own social media, and even showed his versatility, setting a career high in points (22) playing both forward and defence. For a team that finished as one of the youngest in the Canadian Hockey League, Canade was a tremendous role model and ambassador for the hockey club.
Raised $6,000 dollars for Canadian Cancer Society
On Sunday January 27th, the Mississauga Steelheads hosted their 7th annual Pink at the Rink game in support of breast cancer awareness. Leading up to the game, Canade decided for his own personal reasons, to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society through his social media.
After garnering over 65,000 likes on his Instagram post in a matter of days, Canade donated $2,500 dollars. The number was also matched by a sponsor, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and finally, was topped off by the Callaghan family. The total donation amounted to $6,000. Read more from the Mississauga News.
OHL Humanitarian Of The Year Award and Mayor McCallion Community Service Award
On May 6, 2019 the Ontario Hockey League announced that Nicholas Canade was the 2018-19 recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year.
Canade became the first ever Mississauga Steelheads player to be given the honour. He continuously led the club’s community initiatives and spearheaded programs of his own. Among his endeavours was a social media campaign in support of the team’s ‘Pink in the Rink’ Breast Cancer Awareness efforts where he was inspired to help out a teammate whose family had been affected by Breast Cancer.
“I am extremely honoured and humbled to receive the Dan Snyder Memorial Award,” Canade said. “I share this award with my family, my teammates, my coaches and the phenomenal Mississauga Steelheads organization. Without all the support from the people I mentioned above, this award would not be possible. I am a strong believer in giving back to the community that has given so much to me over the years. Lastly, I would like to thank the OHL for not only the award but also for the opportunity to play in this outstanding league. Words cannot begin to express how much this means to me. Thank you.”
Canade’s community outreach also included leading a group of players to Credit Valley Hospital to visit sick children, plus numerous visits to local elementary schools to speak about topics of leadership, a drug-free lifestyle, the importance of education, and healthy living through sport. He attended countless minor hockey practices serving as a guest instructor, participated in a sledge hockey game for charity, led a holiday skating event, delivered Teddy Bears collected from the team’s event to children in need, and helped with the Salvation Army kettle campaign at the mall. Canade also showed his support for teammate Jacob Ingham’s ‘Bleed Blue’ campaign for Canadian Blood Services which generated funds and made a young fan suffering from a blood disease feel welcome during a tour of the Steelheads facility. Canade and his family have also been active supporters of the Pinball Clemons Foundation following the club’s special ‘Pinball’ themed jersey night.
“The Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club are very proud of Nicholas Canade for whom he is as a person and as a hockey player,” said Steelheads General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond. “Today we are even more proud of him for being selected as this year’s Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy recipient! Nicholas’ tremendous character rubs off on all those that are lucky enough to be around him. Our organization would like to congratulate all of the nominees throughout the OHL and would especially like to congratulate Nicholas Canade and his family on this recognition.”
Canade was also honoured with the Mayor McCallion Community Service Award at the team banquet this past spring. The award is handed out each year to a Steelheads player that exemplifies a significant contribution to community initiatives. He will be entering his third season in 2019-2020 and look to again assist in leading his team both on and off the ice.