Road To The Memorial Cup Spotlight – Host, London Knights
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With the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup starting on Friday, The Q News will provide you with information on each team competing in this year’s tournament. Today’s feature is on the host London Knights.
Information you should know about the London Knights:
Regular Season Record: 49-14-1-4, 103 points – fourth overall in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference.
Playoff Record: 9 Games Played – 5-4-0-0.
OHL Playoffs: Defeated Windsor 4-0 (Round One), defeated by Guelph 4-1 (Round Two).
Overall Playoff Power Play: 9 Games Played – 30.8% (1st overall in OHL).
Overall Playoff Penalty Kill: 9 Games Played – 84.2% (7th overall in the OHL).
Last Playoff Game: Friday, April 11, 2014, 5-4 loss to Guelph
Memorial Cup Appearances: Four (2005 (Host and Memorial Cup Champions), 2012 (OHL Champions), 2013 (OHL Champions), 2014, (Host) ).
Team Colors: Green, Gold, Black, and White.
Retired Numbers: Rob Ramage (#5), Dino Ciccarelli (#8), Darryl Sittler (#9), Brendan Shanahan (#19), Brad Marsh (#22), Rick Nash (#61) and Corey Perry (#94).
Hockey Staff: Dale Hunter (President/Head Coach), Mark Hunter (Vice-President/General Manager), Rob Simpson (Assistant General Manager), Dylan Hunter (Assistant Coach), Jeff Paul (Assistant Coach), Bill Dark (Goaltending Coach), Chris Maton (Equipment Manager), Doug Stacey (Trainer and Physiotherapist).
Top Five Players In Playoff Scoring: 9 Games Played – Chris Tierney (6 goals and 11 assists, 17 pts), Gemel Smith (3 goals and 9 assists, 12 pts), Bo Horvat (5 goals and 6 assists, 11 pts), Max Domi (4 goals and 6 assists, 10 pts) and Ryan Rupert (3 goals and 7 assists, 10 pts).
Goaltenders: Jake Patterson (Record: 2-4-0-0, goals-against-average: 3.99 and save percentage: .897), Anthony Stolarz (Record: 3-0-0-0, goals-against-average: 2.00 and save percentage: .933) and Justin Tugwell (Record: 0-0-0-0, goals-against-average: 5.60 and save percentage: .883).
NHL Property: Anthony Stolarz (Philadelphia), Brady Austin (Buffalo), Nikita Zadorov (Buffalo), Gemel Smith (Dallas), Max Domi (Phoenix), Michael McCarron (Montreal), Bo Horvat (Vancouver), Ryan Rupert (Toronto), Chris Tierney (San Jose) and Josh Anderson (Columbus).
Players To Watch: Nikita Zadorov, Gemel Smith, Max Domi, Chris Tierney and Bo Horvat.
Brief Information on the Team: The London Knights are a junior hockey team from London, Ont, Canada, playing in the Ontario Hockey League, one of the leagues of the Canadian Hockey League. The Knights started out in 1965 as the London Nationals but changed to their current name in 1968.