Hall of Fame set to honour Knights

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 2:40 PM ET

The Memorial Cup champion London Knights will be honoured at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Tuesday.

Hall of Fame vice-president and curator Phil Pritchard said the Knights are being recognized for their unprecedented record-setting season.

The 2004-05 Knights enjoyed 15 team OHL records, four team OHL awards, 12 individual OHL awards, three team CHL records, 10 individual CHL awards and the Memorial Cup, Pritchard said.

The Knights won their first OHL and Memorial Cup championships as the organization marked its 40th anniversary.

The team will travel to Toronto by train and the ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. Fan forums and autograph sessions will follow until 2 p.m., after which the team returns to London.

The Knights will have 23 players at the Hall of Fame, plus the coaching staff.

Included will be forward Corey Perry, OHL scoring champion and most outstanding player, and Danny Syvret, OHL and CHL defenceman of the year.

The players will receive their championship rings on Wednesday after the Memorial Cup Celebration Golf Tournament at FireRock in Komoka.

Proceeds from that event will go the Boys' and Girls' Club of London.

Knights assistant general manager Jim McKellar said the rings are being presented at the tournament "because this is the final opportunity to have all the players together.

"We will, however, do the championship banners ceremony at the home opener," on Sept. 23 at the John Labatt Centre against the Saginaw Spirit, McKellar said.

The Knights report to training camp at the JLC on Aug. 30 and open their six-game preseason schedule Sept. 2 against the Sarnia Sting at the JLC at 7:30 p.m.


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