The Mississauga Steelheads announced Tuesday morning that they have acquired defenceman Liam Ham from the Niagara IceDogs. Going back to Niagara are Mississauga’s second round selections in 2020 (formerly London’s) and 2022, and their third round selection in 2023.
A native of Newmarket, Ontario, Ham was selected by the IceDogs in the sixth round (112th overall) of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. In his OHL draft year, the 5’10”, 185-pound defenceman captained the York Simcoe Express where he recorded 27 points in 32 games. The following season (2015-16), Ham played for the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Aurora Tigers where he recorded 21 points in 54 regular season games and added five assists in six playoff contests. He made the jump to the IceDogs for the 2016-17 season and recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 55 games. Ham followed up his rookie season with a career-high 32 points and led all IceDogs’ defencemen with six goals and 32 assists in 63 games. He added six points (one goal, five assists) during the IceDogs’ 10-game playoff run. Now playing in his third Ontario Hockey League season, Ham has recorded a goal and three assists in 12 games.
“We would like to welcome Liam and the Ham family to the Steelheads family,” said Steelheads’ Head Coach and General Manager, James Richmond. “Liam is a quality defenceman that is able to play with pace and toughness. He’s always been a leader of any team he has played on. We are excited to bring in a player with his character and compete level.”