So Far Today….MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPS is all I have to say!!!
After Mitch Marner was crowned CHL Player of the Year AND won the Red Tilson Trophy for the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year all in the same month, this co-captain and his team went all the way, winning the Mastercard Memorial Cup for the second time in franchise history with a 3-2 win in overtime over the Huskies in Red Deer, Alberta.
And, exactly 11 years to the day since the Knights won their first Memorial Cup in with Corey Perry, Dave Bolland, and Brandon Prust at Budweiser Gardens, formerly the John Labatt Centre.
After a scoreless first period, Tkachuk and Dvorak scored for the Knights in regulation and a combination from the two lead to the third goal 7 minutes and 49 seconds into OT. Tkachuk had even been playing on a sprained ankle since the OHL Championship!
There’s something to be said about the last two months of London Knights hockey. They haven’t lost a game since the Toronto Blue Jays were still in spring training. They’re undefeated since April 1st, ending the season on a 17 game winning streak.
And here’s a season ending quote from Marner on his co-captain Dvorak and linesman Tkachuck:
“He’s a big part of why this has a lot of success and the two guys I play beside every single day are a big reason my name is on that trophy. Without them, I don’t think it would have happened.”
London celebrates #MCMemorialCup win in Red Deer, returning home champions!
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) May 30, 2016
Here’s your look ahead: Marner could end up with the Leafs next season or he’ll be back in London with the Knights. Afterall, he did win the same three honours Connor McDavid swept last year — top OHL player, playoff MVP, and the best player in the country. What a great way to wrap up his final junior season for co-captain Dvorak who’s expected to play for the Arizona Coyotes next season. Parsons ends this season as the third-ranked North American goalie heading into the NHL draft. Tkachuk will be back with the Knights unless the NHL team that drafts him next month wants him right away. The OHL’s Windsor Spitfires will host the 2017 Memorial Cup From London Free Press: TOP KNIGHTS (Mitch Marner is the third London Knight to be named Canadian Hockey League player of the year. Here’s a look at the club’s big winners on the national stage) Top player: Mitch Marner (2016) Top coach: Dale Hunter (2004) Top rookie: Patrick Kane (2007) Top draft prospect: John Tavares (2009), Patrick Kane (2007) Top scorer: Patrick Kane (2007) Parade Plans: The London Knights will be back in London this afternoon showing off the championship trophy at Victoria Park. Their plane is scheduled to touch down at the London International Airport between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. Monday. The team will be escorted from the airport, down Oxford st. to Richmond St. to Angel St. and then to Victoria Park. They’re expected to arrive downtown sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m (likely closer to 5pm). Everyone is welcome to attend the short ceremony, which will include team speeches. If you can’t make it down to Victoria Park for the celebration, AM980 will be broadcasting LIVE, and so will I!