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Did You Know? The London Knights were stacked

Nov 15, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

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The “Did You Know?” series ties in the news of the day with some little-known hockey factoids and/or trivia. It’ll be fun. Trust me.

In 2003-04, the London Knights won 53 games but lost in the OHL Conference Finals.

In 2004-05, they won 59 games and the Memorial Cup.

Those two teams are considered one of the greatest collections of talent ever assembled at the junior level. If you never got a chance to see the Knights play, don’t worry — just pay attention to the NHL over the next couple of nights. You’ll see plenty of them.

Tonight, 2003-05 London alumni in action include Brandon Prust and Dan Girardi (New York Rangers), Dennis Wideman (Washington), Marc Methot (Columbus) and Kyle Quincey (Colorado).

Tomorrow night, they include Dave Bolland (Chicago) and the reigning league MVP, Corey Perry (Anaheim).

Then there are the ex-Knights that were once in the NHL now playing in the minors or Europe, a list that includes Robbie Schremp, Danny Bois, Danny Richmond, Dan Syvret, Dan Fritsche, Drew Larman and Bryan Rodney.

As you can imagine, the Knights were a force to be reckoned with. They won CBC’s Team of the Year on the strength of some truly amazing feats: a 31-game unbeaten streak, a 59-win regular season and a 16-2 record in the playoffs, which included outright domination at the Memorial Cup. The Knights went a perfect 3-0 in round-robin play (outscoring opponents 13-7) before crushing Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic 4-0 in the final.

“The London Knights are one of the greatest junior teams ever to play,” Canadian Hockey League president David Branch said following the Memorial Cup win. 

Looking around the NHL, it’s hard to disagree.

  1. eli2tyree4 - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Love the feature

  2. donttouchthedirtypenny - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    NBC/VS needs to show OHL and American college games. I think many will enjoy watching these young guys and follow them through the pros.

    • galuple - Nov 15, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      Not just NBC/VS. Even up here in Canada you barely get any CHL/NCAA games on TV. It would be great if there were more of those games on the air.

      • sknut - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:34 PM

        VS is going to start showing NCAA games soon.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      The NHL Network needs to show OHL, KHL, Swedish Elite, etc. I agree with everyone here. There is so much elite hockey not being shown on TV. The NHL really needs to work on marketing the game of hockey.

  3. hibackhand - Nov 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    needs more kittens.

  4. fcfpal - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Let’s not forget the Knights who followed two years later. Patrick Kane, Sam Gagner, and Sergei Kostitsyn formed an awesome top line that was a beauty to watch. Any team taking a penalty against those Knights could expect to be fishing the puck out of the back of their net. Steve Mason in net too, hopefully he re-finds his form soon. You could in fact make a pretty decent NHL team out of London Knights alumni:

    Line 1: Corey Perry, John Taveres, Rick Nash
    Line 2: Patrick Kane, Sam Gagner, Sergei Kostitsyn
    Line 3: Brandon Prust, Dave Bolland, Nazem Kadri
    Line 4: Tom Kostopoulos, Chris Kelly, Krys Barch

    D1: John Carlson, Dennis Wideman
    D2: Dan Girardi, Kyle Quincy
    D3: Marc Methot, Michael Del Zotto

    G: Steve Mason

    I wonder if any other junior team could make an alumni team that would stack up with this one of current NHL players. Maybe Kitchener Rangers?

  5. dalimanvan - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    I do believe you could put the 1990 to 1995 kamloops Blazers in that catagory as well.

    On defence there was

    Scott Neidemyer, Daryll Sydor, Nolan Baumgaurtner, Jason Strudwick, David Wilkie, Brad Lukowich, Robyn Regar, Geoff Smith, Miki Dupont

    Forwads,

    Shane Doan, Jerome Ignla, Tyson Nash, Darcy Tucker, Chris Murray, Zac boyer, Scott Fergason, Hnat Domenichelli, Ryan Huska, Paul Kruse, Steve Gainey

    In goal, Steve Passmore, and Corey Hirsh

    Of course other Alumni Players include, Mark Recchi, Rob Brown, Greg Hawgood, Scottie Upshall, and many more that have played in the Nhl and Ahl

    also you can include coaches, Ken Hichcock, Don Hay, Tom Renney..

    I’d say those teams of the 1990’s would compete against that London Knight team really well!

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