The Ontario Hockey League is set to return to Brampton based on new trademarks filed with the Canadian government, as indicated by Abbotsford News reporter Ben Lypka on Twitter earlier this week. The trademarks „BRAMPTON STEELHEADS“ and a logo of a blue and silver fish inside a circle with the word „BRAMPTON“ were filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office on Wednesday, January 17.
This suggests that the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads plan to relocate to Brampton while retaining the nickname the team has held since 2012. They will likely play at the CAA Centre, the home of the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s Brampton Honey Badgers.
In October 2022, Lypka provided fans with the first look at the new crest for the Vancouver Football Club through trademark filings.
The Steelheads signed a five-year lease agreement with the city of Mississauga in 2018. The OHL has been based in Mississauga since 1998, with the team’s ownership and identity evolving over the years.
It is unclear if the ownership of the Steelheads will remain with Landmark after the move or if a new owner will take over.
Brampton has a history of hockey teams, and the relocation of the Steelheads will continue this tradition. The city was the home of various teams, and both Mississauga and Brampton are located in the greater Toronto area.