Two Knights defencemen shelved

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

Injuries will keep Knights defencemen Frank Rediker and Jeff Whitfield out of the Memorial Cup, head coach Dale Hunter confirmed yesterday.

The Knights were hoping Rediker would be available. He has been skating the last two weeks after reinjuring his knee during a game Nov. 26.

But it's now officially a no-go for the 20-year-old.

"He tested his knee, but it's too much, it's only about 60 per cent," Hunter said.

Rediker had returned to the lineup Oct. 15 following offseason surgery.

He played in just 16 games before going down again.

The Knights had high hopes for the Boston Bruins' fourth-round draft pick when they acquired him from the Windsor Spitfires in January 2004.

But he came with a history of knee trouble and it caught up with him again in London.

Rediker had missed the first half of the season when the Knights traded for him.

Whitfield broke his ankle Feb. 20 and had surgery to insert a pin. But that has proved to be complicated and his recovery has taken longer than expected.

"It's the ligaments," Hunter said of Whitfield, acquired by the Knights from the Sarnia Sting last September.

The Knights were looking at their depth on the blue-line as one of their strong points. The extra bodies could also be counted on if there were injuries.


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