The Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads is renewing its lease with the city-owned Hershey Centre
Mississauga hockey fans are undoubtedly cheering this decision: Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club owner Elliott Kerr decided to renew his agreement with the City to keep the team playing at the Hershey Centre for another 5-year term.
“I am very pleased that we were able to finalize a Hershey Centre agreement with the City of Mississauga,” said Steelheads President and owner Elliott Kerr in a May 1 press release. “The City continues to be a valuable partner and we are very appreciative of their support.”
What this agreement means is that the Steelheads will continue to play Ontario Hockey League games at the Mississauga facility, which will be renamed the Paramount Centre as of July 1. The Steelheads main office and retail store, The Bait Shop, will remain at the arena.
It also means that the team will use Mississauga’s community hockey rinks as their primary practice site.
According to the Steelheads press release, “The new agreement ensures that the Steelheads will continue to provide affordable, family-friendly hockey in the Greater Toronto Area for our fans, the community, and our players. The framework of the agreement allows for stronger partnerships with existing local minor hockey associations, corporate sponsors and community non-profit groups to continue to develop.”
A collective sigh of relief in Mississauga may have met this announcement. It was rumoured that club owner Elliott Kerr was considering other options—moving the team elsewhere or even selling it, after the old lease agreement expired following the 2017-18 season. But it looks like the City and the club were able to clinch a deal after all. The biscuit is in the basket!
“Mississauga is a city that proudly supports its sports clubs from grassroots to professional,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “Mississauga has been home to the OHL for twenty years and we are pleased that this proud tradition will continue under this new agreement with the Mississauga Steelheads.”