Knights Busy On and Off the Ice

The London Knights fresh off a loss last Sunday against the Hamilton Bulldogs were busy this week naming a new captain and assistant captains for this season. They also made a roster move, with the trading of third string goaltender Emanuel Vella to the Owen Sound Attack for a conditional 7th round pick in 2018. If Vella plays in 12 games then the pick will become a 4th round selection in 2018. Vella has been with the Knights for three seasons now and only appeared in 13 games over that time span. He will certainly be given the chance in Owen Sound to be the regular backup goaltender for the Attack.
London Knights announced that for this season JJ Piccinich will serve as the team captain, the Toronto Maple Leaf draft pick will be an excellent captain for the Knights in my opinion. He has been overlooked since his arrival last season with the Knights talent level on the team last season. He is a true leader on and off the ice and will help lead this team as far they can go this season. Serving as assistant captains will be overage forward Owen MacDonald and Montreal Canadiens draft pick defenceman Victor Mete. These selections should help this team gel and become more of a cohesive unit this season.
The Knights returned to action this weekend with back to back home games against the Kingston Frontenacs and Guelph Storm. Goaltender Tyler Parsons returned to action Friday night against the Kingston Frontenacs and though the Frontenacs sat a few of their veterans, Parsons was stellar in a 7-0 shutout. The Knights then welcomed the Guelph Storm, a team that has been in disarray for the past few seasons and with that in mind the Knights coaching staff decided not to dress Parsons and give Jordan Kooy his first ever OHL start and he was solid in his debut. Allowing the first goal to the Storm, he shut the door after that in a London 4-1 victory. Another notable Knights player not in action on Saturday night was Max Jones, who was out with a reported injury. Against the weak Guelph club he wasn’t missed as rookie Billy Moskal to his spot on the top line. This was a good game for Knights head coach Dale Hunter to mix things up and try different line combinations, as well as shaking up his power play point men. Guelph struggles trying to make their first pass out of their own zone and it made an easy night for the London forecheckers.
The Knights have a busy week in front of them, as they travel to Kitchener on Tuesday to face the Rangers and then have their first 3 games in 3 days of the season. They are home to North Bay on Friday and then on the bus to Niagara and then return home to face the Windsor Spitfires. The Knights are trailing the surprising Erie Otters by 2 points for first place with 2 games in hand and this coming week will be key for London to catch the Otters.
AS ALWAYS SEE YOU AT THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mike Ries
A little about myself , first and foremost I'm a hockey fan,  I have been involved with hockey in one form or another since I was a little kid.  I remember going to the old London Gardens watching the London Knights ,  I was a fan from that moment and have followed them ever since . This is the second year that I will be reporting on the Knights and I am looking forward to a long playoff run with this version of the Green and Gold. I am the owner of "FIVE FOR FIGHTING AUTHENTICS" specializing in game worn jerseys and collectibles.  Visit my EBAY store Five for Fighting Authentics or follow my user name Coltmccoy12.   I look forward to your comments and suggestions throughout the year. As always, SEE YOU AT THE GAME