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The London Knights retired Perry’s sweater tonight.
With the Ducks in Detroit for a Friday night game, Perry was able to make the two hour trip to London for the ceremony.
from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,
Max Domi’s arrival in London isn’t just about the Hunters adding a talented young star centre to the Knights lineup.
For the price of three second-round draft picks to Kingston, the Knights have made London and the John Labatt Centre a hockey Hollywood once again…..
Consider the deep plotlines of NHL-related intrigue.
Domi’s father Tie, the former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer, will be a fixture at games.
Former Leafs captain Rob Ramage is helping the team’s defence.
Jarred Tinordi, a Montreal Canadiens first-rounder and son of hard-hitting NHL defender Mark, anchors the blue-line. Tampa Lightning GM Steve Yzerman’s first-round pick, Knights forward Vladislav Namestnikov, is Slava Kozlov’s nephew and grew up in the Detroit Red Wings’ Stanley Cup dynasty.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
In cities such as London, junior hockey has become big business across Canada and the United States. But no franchise has undergone such a transformation as the Knights.
The team struggled mightily in the mid-1990s. It played in a deteriorating building on the south end of town and its on-ice performance was as horrible, setting a Canadian Hockey League record for futility at 3-60-3 in 1995-96.
Former NHL player Mark Hunter, along with his older brother, Dale, was at the old London Ice House for the final game that OHL season. The current co-owner of the Knights — then the Sarnia Sting head coach — and Stanley Cup winner with the 1988-89 Calgary Flames didn’t need a degree in risk management to see the possibilities.
“Dale and I always had interest in owning a major-junior franchise one day,” said Mark Hunter, 46. “I saw 4,000 people in that rink that final game. I saw 4,000 loyal fans for a team that won three games. This is a hockey city.”
From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen,
London Knights assistant coach and former National Hockey League player Dave Gagner is facing impaired driving charges following an incident in the southwestern Ontario city Wednesday night.
Gagner, 41, was involved in a rear-end collision about 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, said London Police Const. Amy Phillipo. He was charged at the scene when police arrived.