If you wanted a pair of London Knights season tickets for next season, you're out of luck.
For the first time in their history, the Memorial Cup champion Knights are sold out for the 2005-06 OHL season.
General manager Mark Hunter said yesterday the team has capped season-ticket sales after selling 6,800, although single tickets and standing room are available. About 150 fans are on the waiting list for a pair of tickets.
"It's crazy but some people are buying standing-room season tickets,'' he said. "It's a problem, but a good problem.''
Hunter said about 2,000 tickets are held back by the club for group sales, players, billets, visiting teams and special guests. Some are later released for walkup sales, which he said is important to bring in new fans.
A sellout for the team at the John Labatt Centre is 9,090, including standing room.
The only hope for fans is if those who have made deposits on their season tickets fail to make the final payment by July 4.
An early-bird ticket sells for $416. A season ticket after July 4 costs $451.
"I'm amazed,'' Hunter said of the team's success at the box office, as well as on the ice.
"I think it is really satisfying to know the fans are being entertained. Everybody knows how much the Hunters want to win but we won the right way.
"It was not slow-moving hockey. It was fast, entertaining and enjoyable for the hockey fans.''