Hunter again denies Knights for sale

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

With all sorts of national media in town for the tournament, Mark and Dale Hunter are answering more questions about the rumoured sale of the London Knights for about $6 million.

"Totally untrue," Dale Hunter told the Toronto Star. "That's a story that somebody started and it hasn't been right from the beginning."

The Free Press reported more than two weeks ago that former NHLer Dave Gagner has received an assurance from Hunter that he'll coach the Knights next season as they try to lure draft pick Sam Gagner to the OHL.

Gagner is considering playing in the United States Hockey League for two years while he awaits U.S. scholarship offers.

Speedster off the ice, too

Patrons paying $110 a ticket to attend the Canadian Hockey League awards luncheon yesterday at the Hilton Hotel got to see Sidney Crosby at the head table for 21 minutes. He wasn't around when he was named player of the year two hours later.

Crosby left early because his Rimouski Oceanic were playing the Ottawa 67's last night and he was given the option to be with his teammates for their pregame meal, then rest up for the game.

"We think on a game day, we put the Oceanic and Sidney in maybe a situation that isn't totally fair to the tournament and the goals and aspirations of the Oceanic. And, of course, Sidney himself," CHL president David Branch said before the luncheon began.

"Sidney was gracious as always and said, 'Maybe I should stay for the whole thing' and we don't think that's right."

Mayor to do colour commentary

Mayor Anne Marie De Cicco will go back to her broadcast roots tomorrow night when she takes over from Pete James for a short bit of colour commentary for the Knights-Ottawa 67's game during their CJBK radio broadcast. She used to cover the city hall beat prior to entering politics and has promised to do four or five minutes of colour.


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