A look at three key players for each team ahead tonight’s game between your Ottawa 67’s and the Mississauga Steelheads.
Nevin Guy (#24)
This Guy is back! After taking part in the 67’s unfortunate overage rotation for the first half of the season, Nevin Guy will now see the ice on a regular basis going forward. The offensively gifted blue liner tallied two points (1G, 1A) versus Peterborough last night and looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. Look for Guy to be on the 67’s better defenceman down the stretch.
Jake Middleton (#21)
The 67’s newest captain could not be happier. Of course he was sad to see Konecny and Salituro leave Ottawa, but to be named the captain of a storied franchise like the Ottawa 67’s is honour unlike any other. GM/head coach Jeff Brown’s selection for his team’s new leader was right on point. Middleton is the definition of a gamer. His toughness, leadership, and team-first attitude are always on display and will be today against the Trout.
Leo Lazarev (#37)
After a rough month or so, Lazarev looks to have regained his dominant form from earlier this season. He only faced 22 shots from the Petes last night, but the majority of them were 10 bell chances. Leo stoned two Petes players on back-to-back break away chances late in the final period on Friday. If Coach Brown decides to start Leo again today, look for him to stay hot versus Mississauga.
Sean Day (#4)
Almost an Ottawa 67 at one point, the 6’3″ defenceman was given exceptional status by the Ontario Hockey League in 2013. The big blue liner has not lived up to all that hype, though he has developed into an elite OHL player. His offensive and defensive games are on par with each other, which makes him a steady presence for Mississauga’s back end.
Michael McLeod (#9)
A 67’s killer this season, McLeod has five points in three games against the Barber Poles. He’s second only to Nylander on the Fish, with 44 points. The Mississauga-native was chosen to play in the 2016 BMO CHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver later this month, where he’ll showcase his skills in front of many NHL scouts. Look for him to show off those skills today at TD Place as well, as try to lead the Steelheads over the 67’s.
Alex Nylander (#92)
The OHL’s top scoring rookie is a special player. Alex, brother of Leafs prospect William Nylander and son of former NHL great Michael Nylander, sits ninth in overall league scoring as well. He’ll definitely be selection in the top 10 at the 2016 NHL Draft and dazzled audiences watching the World Juniors over the holidays. He was absent from the Steelheads lineup last these teams met, so look for number 92 in blue when Ottawa faces off against Mississauga today.
Getting to TD Place
Remember, if you purchase your ticket in advance to any 67’s home game you’ll receive free service on all OC Transpo routes to and from TD Place. Enjoy the game, and remember to keep your event ticket stub for your return trip. Free service begins three hours prior to game time and finishes three hours after the end of the game. Plan your trip here.
Looking to park at TD Place? Game day parking passes can be pre-purchased here.
Where to Watch
Catch the 67’s live on Rogers TV Ottawa (Cable 22) or listen to tonight’s game on TSN 1200.
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Youth hockey players in the Ottawa-Gatineau region can obtain free tickets to any 67’s regular-season home game through the 67’s Prospects program. Visit the 67’s Prospects website for details, or call 613-232-6767, x1.
The 67’s #IHeartHockey game is set for Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m. against the Saginaw Spirit. The first 2,000 fans in The Arena at TD Place will receive free swag. We are giving away 67’s toques and I Heart Hockey cups. So make sure you come early!
Great seats are still available by clicking here, calling 613-232-6767 x1, or in person at the TD Place Box Office located beside Gate 3.