MISSISSAUGA – With Josh Burnside graduating from the OHL, Steelheads GM James Boyd had the job to find his next player to captain his team for the upcoming season. Mikey McLeod is his guy.
McLeod is the 5th captain in Steelheads franchise history, joining the likes of previous captains such as Leafs prospect Stuart Percy, Bryson Cianfrone, Brett Foy, and most recent captain Josh Burnside.
McLeod fits the bill of a prototypical captain. He’s a vocal guy off the ice, relates well to his teammates, and is a excellent competitor and hard worker on the ice, giving it 100% each time he’s on the ice. McLeod is also a very productive player.
The 18 year old had a very successful sophomore campaign, beginning with him winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka U18 Tournament last summer. McLeod continued that solid tournament with a great regular season tallying 21 goals and 40 assists in only 57 games.
Shortly after Mississauga was eliminated from the OHL Playoffs, McLeod once again represented Canada at the U18 World Hockey Championships, in which McLeod had 4 points in 7 games, in a fourth place finish.
The Mississauga native is a projected early-to-mid first round pick in this year’s NHL draft, but McLeod is expected to be back with the Steelheads come next season, which made perfect sense for GM James Boyd to give him the captaincy.
NOTE: Current assistant captains, Stefan LeBlanc and Damian Bourne are expected to return for their final season of junior as overagers.