Other CHL records within reach

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:02 AM ET

KITCHENER -- If chasing the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League undefeated records hasn't been enough for the London Knights, there are a couple more impressive numbers they can set their sights on.

With the Knights almost halfway through their 68-game regular season, they could break the OHL and CHL marks for fewest losses.

The OHL record is seven, set by the 1972-73 Toronto Marlboros, while the CHL record is five, by the much-heralded 1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.

The Knights also will likely break their own OHL record for fewest goals-against, which they set at 147 last season.

And there are others awaiting their assault.

"We've already started rewriting both record books," Aaron Bell, director of information for the OHL and CHL, said at last night's game.

"The Knights are setting them as fast as we can put them in."

Knights forward Rob Schremp said after the win over the Rangers that his head was too full to comprehend the records the Knights have set -- or are chasing.

"We've thought about it a little bit but Syvie (Knights captain Danny Syvret), he's the smart guy on the team. So he does all the figurations about what we need.

"At the rate we're going, there could be a few. But it's just such a positive atmosphere around here. It's a pretty special thing and not many players can be put in a situation like this."

When you speak to the players, they are genuinely unaware of all the milestones they have achieved along the way, such as the OHL's longest road winning and undefeated streaks, and so on.

Current Wheat Kings owner-GM- and head coach Kelly McCrimmon played during that 1978-79 season in Brandon. He said all the national media attention on the Knights' record chase because of the NHL lockout has brought the memories flooding back for the Wheat Kings.

"It's interesting the perspective you have as a player," McCrimmon said. "We didn't really know whose record we broke. This stuff wasn't covered like it is today.

"I hadn't really thought about our record very often. But given that London has been closing on it and you realize it stood for 26 years, in hindsight it makes it pretty special."

The Wheat Kings won the WHL championship that season but lost the Memorial Cup final to the Peterborough Petes in overtime.

The 2005 Memorial Cup will be played in May at the John Labatt Centre. The Knights are in the four-team tournament as host team.

"(Coach) Dale Hunter will have his hands full just trying to keep them focused through the regular season because it's all just preparation for the playoffs," McCrimmon said.

RECORD BOOK

CHL undefeated streak

29 games: y-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) (24-0-5) 1978-79; x,y-London Knights (OHL) (28-0-1) 2004-05

27 games: Sorel Eperviers (QMJHL) (26-0-1) 1973-74; Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) (22-0-5) 1998-99

26 games: Kamloops Blazers (WHL) (23-0-3) 1998-99

25 games: Kitchener Rangers (OHL) (25-0-0) 1983-84

CHL winning streak

25 games: Sorel Eperviwers (QMJHL) 1973-74; Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 1983-84

24 games: Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) 1995-96

22 games: Estevan Bruins (WHL) 1967-68

18 games: x-London Knights (OHL) 2004-05

x: active streak y: longest to begin a season


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