Georgetown Raiders captain Steve Hladin has confirmed his commitment to join the Sacred Heart University Pioneers beginning with the 2015-16 Atlantic Hockey season.
Born on December 27, 1994 in Mississauga, Ontario, Steve Hladin would play his entire minor hockey career in his hometown with the Mississauga Senators ‘AAA’ organization, as well as playing for his Michael Power-St. Joseph High School Varsity Boys club.
Often one of the Senators most prolific scorers, Hladin received his first taste of junior hockey with the Georgetown Raiders in 2010-11 as a 16-year old, recording one assist in five games played.
Hladin made the full-time jump to the OJHL in 2011-12 with the Vaughan Vipers and despite being a rookie, was one of the club’s most consistent players all season. He would finish fifth on the Vipers in scoring with 39 points in 42 games played, while also notching 12 power play points and 3 game-winning goals.
Following the season, with the Vipers suspending operations, Hladin became a free agent and would turn down some offers to join the OHL, opting instead to keep his NCAA eligibility and joined the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL to start this year. Off to a disappointing start with just one assist in six games played, the decision was made to return to his roots, joining the Georgetown Raiders, who were led by Greg Walters, also head coach for Team Canada East. Hladin would earn a spot on the roster and represent Canada East the 2012 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He would then be named to the OJHL West Division All-Star Team that competed at the 2012 Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge held in Wellington, Ontario. After finishing the year with career-highs of 22 goals and 42 points, Hladin notched another eight points in the post-season.
Entering this past season, the 18-year old is already a veteran of the Junior ‘A’ game and led the young Raiders to success, being named captain, while leading the club both on-and-off the ice. Hladin got off to a great start in his third OJHL season, taking home OJHL Gongshow Gear South-West Conference Player-of-the-Month honours in October and would continue the stellar play to season’s end, failing to record a point in back-to-back games only once all year. Hladin finished the season as runner-up in the scoring race to Taylor Best in Whitby with 83 points, while also finishing runner-up to David Italiano of St. Michael’s in the goal scoring derby, notching 38 goals in 53 games played. Scoring at critical times for the Raiders, Hladin also finished second in the OJHL with seven game-winning goals as Georgetown finished second in the West Division for the second consecutive season. He would then continue to impress during a lengthy post-season run that saw the Raiders fall to the eventual league champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots in the South-West Conference Championship Series. Despite playing in only 13 playoff contests, Hladin finished tied for second in overall scoring with 23 points.
Submitted by OJHL Media