The Mississauga Steelheads will call both Mississauga and the Hershey Centre home for four more seasons following Wednesday’s announcement that the team and city had agreed to terms on a new four-year lease.
Owner Elliott Kerr, who has been steadfast in his belief that Mississauga can support and embrace junior hockey since purchasing the franchise in 2012, couldn’t be happier about four more years at the Hershey Centre to grow interest and passion in the Steelheads. “The City has been a great partner since day one and together I know we will make OHL hockey work in Mississauga. I am proud to call Mississauga my home and our team is dedicated to not only winning a championship for this City but also contributing to the growth of our community. I believe we can succeed and I know we will!”
Mayor Hazel McCallion was also excited about the announcement and has been a supporter of Kerr’s vision from day one. McCallion knows how valuable it would be to have healthy support from the community for the Steelheads, and hopes that they can continue to build momentum for the city. “Having our very own team, the Steelheads, right here in Mississauga is important to our city. We need our residents, our community organizations and our corporate community to come out and support the team next season…let’s go Steelheads!”
The Steelheads’ involvement within the community has improved over the two years under Kerr’s guidance. With the Battalion moving from Brampton and spending their first season in North Bay, the Steelheads experienced a 12% bump in attendance last year, the second of Kerr’s tenure.
Bryan Thiel is a freelance broadcaster who’s covered the OHL from rink side and the broadcast booth. He’s also filed feature reports on the OHL for the past three seasons. You can follow him on Twitter at BryanThiel_88.