For the first time in 581 days, the Mississauga Steelheads will take to the ice at Kingston’s Leon’s Centre as they face off with the Frontenacs.
The last time the Steelheads played was on March 7, 2020, when they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Peterborough Petes. At the time of postponing, Mississauga (27-29-4-1) was in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, with only seven games remaining on the regular season.
A Fresh Batch
When the Steelheads take to the ice in Kingston, there will be a significant difference in the core talent the club embarked on 19 months prior.
This game will feature the debuts of Luke Misa (2021 1st Round – 9th Overall), Zak Lavoie (2020 1st Round – 7th Overall), and Owen Beck (2020 2nd Round – 29th Overall) amongst other newcomers.
Lavoie (4G, 2A) and Beck (4G, 1A) made an impact with the Steelheads in the preseason, finishing in top three in team scoring.
Leading the new batch of Steelheads will be returning veterans 2021 NHL Draft Pick (Chicago) defenseman Ethan Del Mastro and goal-scoring leader James Hardie (34 Goals in 2019).
Steelheads goaltending features 19-year-old Joe Ranger, who is looking to establish the number one role between the pipes after a good preseason. Backing up Ranger is Roman Basran who is joining the Steelheads from the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. The 20-year-old netminder from Delta, BC, played eight games with the Rockets in 2020-21 season, posted a 4-2-1 record, with a 3.86 GAA.
Meet The Fronts
The Kingston Frontenacs will feature projected number one overall draft pick in the 2022 NHL Draft Shane Wright and the debut of their 2021 CHL Import Selection – Goaltender Leevi Merilainen.
A native of Burlington, ON, the 17-year-old Wright met expectations in his rookie 2019-20 campaign, registering 66 points (39G, 27A) in just 58 games with the Frontenacs.
Wright was teammates with Del Mastro as part of the Gold Medal winning Team Canada at the U-18 World Hockey Championships last April.
The Finnish netminder Merilainen was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2021 NHL Draft.
When the 2019-20 season was postponed in March 2020, the Frontenacs (19-39-2-2) were tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the Niagara IceDogs (18-39-5-1) at 42 points each.
The Steelheads hold a head-to-head record of 9-5-1-1 against Kingston in the last five seasons, with a 4-3-1 record at the Kingston’s Leon’s Centre.
Steelheads Upcoming Games
@ North Bay Battalion (October 15)
@ Barrie Colts (October 16)
Vs. Ottawa 67’s (October 22 – Home Opener)
To purchase tickets for the Home Opener click here: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/mississauga-steelheads-tickets/artist/1753776 or contact (905)-502-7788.