Steelheads captain gives back to minor hockey association
Michael McLeod recently gave back to his community by participating in a practice with the Lorne Park Clarkson Wild minor novice gold team through the RBC Make 150 Count initiative.
Appearance at team practice seen in RBC commercial
Michael McLeod sticks pretty close to his roots, as seen in a recent RBC commercial.
Through the RBC Make 150 Count initiative, several members of Canada’s World Junior hockey team gave back to their community in some way.
McLeod, captain of the Mississauga Steelheads, returned to his alma mater to attend a practice with the Lorne Park Clarkson Wild minor novice gold team at the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre.
“He’s always been willing to help us out and now we’re a new organization (Lorne Park and Clarkson recently amalgamated) and he’s helping us out yet again,” said Michael Doyle, president of the Lorne Park Clarkson Hockey Association. “I think the biggest thing is (the kids) see the dream. Someone started out where they are and is now not only playing for the Steelheads, but representing his country in the World Juniors and was drafted by the New Jersey Devils.”
Dylan Strome, Team Canada’s captain and a close friend of McLeod’s, is a Lorne Park hockey alum as well. McLeod also gave each player tickets to a World Junior Championship game while Team Canada was playing in Toronto for the round robin before shifting to Montreal for the playoffs.
Since joining the Steelheads in 2014, McLeod has given back to his former minor hockey association a number of times, including an appearance in 2015 when the association was given a $10,000 grant as part of the Esso Medals of Achievement program.
“It should come as no surprise that guys like Mikey are willing to do this, because it’s also in line with us trying to draft local players,” said Steelheads owner Elliott Kerr. “If you draft the right kind of people, those things happen.”
During the practice, McLeod made sure that each player received a pass from him and had a chance to interact with the Steelheads star. Doyle felt that was refreshing to see. “It’s funny, I was speaking to the coach while it was going on and noticed that the kids were really shooting the puck well,” he said. “I said we need to have him out before every game because they were really inspired."