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Knights ups and downs

January 26, 2012

So many things have happened since the beginning of the year. Starting with some new additions to my London Knights.  Last year, I wrote a short piece about soon-to-be-drafted Austin Watson, not realizing that he would later become a member of the Knights. I was impressed by his size and abilities, not to mention he’s got quite the family!  Kitchener complained that they offered a much better package for the 19 (now 20) year old, but Peterborough decided to send him to London – thanks Petes!

Another much-talked about acquisition was Greg McKegg, late of the Erie Otters. Based on the Otters season to date at the trade deadline, every team in the league knew that McKegg was available and all the buyers were out trying to obtain his services. Again, Mark Hunter pulled off the trade that brought the sniper to the Knights.

Having lost Dale Hunter to the NHL Washington Capitals, it has fallen to Mark to keep the Knights up to the high standards he and his brother have set for the team. No slouch of a coach himself, the now GM/Head coach has added some superior pieces to a young team that has managed to exceed the generally high expectations of a London Knights team that was supposed to be ‘re-building’. No Hunter-run Knights team ever acknowledges that it is re-building, they just expect to win.

Granted, I’m writing this piece directly after the Knights have been massacred at the hands of the rival Kitchener Rangers.  One game does not overshadow a primarily winning season, but the fact that London has decisively lost all three games to the Rangers this season is not a happy thought for Knights fans, players or I’m sure, management.  After loading up for the playoffs and all the hype involved with the trades, the #1 Knights had better find a way to beat the    #10 Rangers – they have 3 more chances in the regular season to show that they are worthy of their lofty #1 CHL status.

A belated welcome to our newest Knights: Austin Watson, Greg McKegg, Brett Cook and Tyson Teichmann!

Additional cheers to Jake Patterson who showed his stuff quite nicely with a shootout win against Owen Sound in relief of Teichmann.



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