In what will be a regular feature as activity surrounding the club picks up, Derek Harmsworth looks around the internet to deliver you the latest London Knights news, all in one easy, convenient location.
- With Dale Hunter announcing his return to the Knights bench yesterday, there are no shortage of stories surrounding the news today. Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press takes a look at the move, and how bringing Hunter behind the bench makes an already potent Knights team that much better.
There’s a feeling Dale, back in familiar surroundings in London, re-energized after his NHL stint and motivated after the sting of watching this group lose the Memorial Cup final in overtime, will do everything in his power to get them back.
He was coach when the Knights won their only Cup in 2005. And this will be, for the most part, the team that most resembles the ’05 squad: lots of returning veterans, a belief in the system and a burning sense of purpose to finish what they started.
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- In this second offering from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press, the writer takes a look at how the partnership between Mark and Dale Hunter makes them a far more dangerous team. The article includes this quote from Mark:
“It comes down to one thing – do other teams fear us more when we’re together or when we’re apart,” Mark Hunter said. “We’re a weaker team with me coaching. I’ve always respected what Dale’s been able to do as a coach. He has the highest winning percentage in OHL history (.691) so that has to count for something.
- In some non-Hunter news, Ryan Pyette also featured goaltender Michael Houser in one of his numerous articles on a busy day in Knights-Land. Pyette looked at all possibilities for Houser for next season, being drafted, turning pro, or returning to London all among them.
“I understand if I’m back, it’s going to be a different situation because they have some options in net,” said Houser, a potential overager. “My goal is to start my pro career, but if I do end up coming back, I told them I’ll be ready to play as much as they need.”
- Also during yesterday’s press conference, the London Knights announced the signing of three draft picks from last spring’s OHL priority selection draft. First round pick Liam Herbst (G), second round pick Owen MacDonald (C) and fourth round pick Santino Centorame (D) all committed to the club and are expected to attend training camp in August. Alex Muscat of JuniorHockey.com spoke at length on all three players, starting with Herbst.
Herbst, a native of Etobicoke, was the first netminder taken off the board in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection as he was taken with the 22nd pick in the first round. Listed at 6’3″, 185 lbs, Herbst covers a lot of net, which doesn’t give the shooters room to shoot and is tough to beat. Herbst backstopped the Mississauga Rebels past the Toronto Marlboros to win the OHL Cup and was named the game’s MVP in the process. Herbst is projected to be the heir apparent to Michael Houser as the Knights’ number one goalie.MacDonald, a native of Guelph, was the Knights’ second of their two second round picks. The Knights were granted another second round pick as compensation by the OHL when their second round pick Ian Jenkins, a goalie from Ypsilanti, Michigan, tragically lost his life in a car accident. In 26 games with the Guelph Jr. Storm, MacDonald scored 19 goals and added 18 assists with 81 penalty minutes. Listed at 5’8″, 150 lbs, he’s been described as a smart two-way player and a hard worker in all three zones.Centorame, a native of Mississauga who holds dual-citizenship, chose to sign with the Knights instead of playing for the US National Team Development Program. He’ll be reunited with Herbst, who were teammates for the Mississauga Rebels last season. In 67 games for the OHL Cup Champion Rebels, Centorame scored five goals and added 30 assists with 42 penalty minutes in 2011-12. At 6’0″, 185 lbs, he’s been described as a player who does the little things that helps his team and that his game is appreciated the more you see him.
- Metro Reporter John Matisz also wonders in an article whether or not the Knights will soon come to terms with another drafted player, Alex Broadhurst.
The Knights did not announce they have reached a contract agreement with Alex Broadhurst, but Dale Hunter said the 19-year-old Chicago Blackhawks draft pick — selected by London 29th overall in the 2012 OHL draft — will be a part of the 2012-13 Knights.To check out the rest of the article, click here.