IceDogs hope to Sting Knights

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Drew Larman bid farewell to his teammates in Sarnia on Tuesday afternoon.

He did not expect to see three of them again so soon.

The newest London Knight will be "reunited" with forwards Dan Carcillo and John Hecimovic and defenceman David Pszencyczny tomorrow at the John Labatt Centre.

Those three were dealt to the Mississauga IceDogs by the Sting shortly after they sent Larman to the Knights.

Larman came to London for practice that afternoon, then went back to Sarnia at night to pack his belongings.

"When I got to Sarnia to get all my stuff, I saw them and found out about the (second) trade," Larman said yesterday as the Knights skated at the JLC.

The Knights hope to skate into the OHL record book tomorrow with their 11th consecutive win to begin the season. The 1992-93 Peterborough Petes and '95-96 Guelph Storm share that mark.

"I'm kind of pumped for it," Larman said of playing against his three former teammates and going for the record on the same night. "I said to them: 'See you Friday. I'll be shutting you guys down.'

"All the guys that got traded I played with for two years. We were pretty much the core of the team, and they gutted it."

Carcillo, 19, and Hecimovic, 20, were the Sting's top two scorers.

There was some thought that neither would be in the IceDogs' lineup tomorrow after receiving majors and automatic game misconducts for elbowing late in the third period of Sarnia's loss to Belleville on Saturday.

But OHL director of hockey operations Ted Baker said after reviewing the video, there'll be no supplementary discipline.

The IceDogs, off to a 6-2-0-1 start after winning the Eastern Conference last season, were expected to provide the Knights with their stiffest test to date.

But now, with right-winger Hecimovic and left-winger Carcillo in their lineup to complement gifted centre Patrick O'Sullivan, the Knights will have their hands full.

"I know they're excited to play with him," Larman said.

But Larman also likes what he sees here and the 19-year-old Canton, Mich., resident is thrilled about joining a team that's already in the Memorial Cup as the host.

"It's a really good feeling when the top team in Canada wants you," he said of the Knights.

But he also knows a player is only as good as his last game and while one day you're headed for the Memorial Cup, you could be shipped down the highway the next.

"You've always got to play your best because you don't know what's going to happen," said Larman, whose mother is from Long Island, N.Y., and father is from Welland.

Larman was born in Buffalo and is a U.S. citizen but he's considering applying for dual status.

Right now, he's of a single mind -- the IceDogs.

RUSSIAN SERIES

London Knights forwards Corey Perry and David Bolland and defenceman Danny Syvret will be named today to the OHL team for the Canadian Hockey League's Canada-Russia Challenge after attending the Canadian junior team's summer camp in Calgary.

It's expected that forward Dylan Hunter will also be selected for the two games the Russians will play in Ontario, Nov. 25 at Barrie and Nov. 29 at Mississauga.


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