Newest Knight day-to-day after being injured in debut

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET

David Jarram will always remember his first game as a London Knight -- or maybe he won't.

The newest member of the Knights made his debut in a 3-2 victory over the Owen Sound Attack last night at the John Labatt Centre but left the game in the second period after suffering a mild concussion.

The crash-and-bang 18-year-old from Kitchener, who is listed as day-to-day while he recovers from his injury, started the game on a defensive pairing with rookie Scott Aarssen but also played some shifts with Matt McCready and moved up to forward for some more ice time.

Now in his third OHL season, Jarram's family finally doesn't have to book a hotel room to watch him play home games in the OHL.

After starting his career in Sault Ste. Marie before moving on to Ottawa last year, the former member of the Western Junior B Hockey League's Strathroy Rockets landed in London this week in a trade.

"It's nice to be closer (an hour's drive to Kitchener)," the six-foot-three, 230-pounder said before the game. "I kind of knew a trade was coming (he asked Ottawa GM and head coach Brian Kilrea to be moved) -- I just didn't know where it was going to be. I'm excited to be here. Ottawa got eight, nine thousand fans a game. London gets 9,000 fans and that's the way it should be."

Jarram indicated he doesn't really have a preference for playing defence or forward as long as he gets the chance to prove himself.

"We know he can play both," Knights assistant coach Jacques Beaulieu said. "He adds size to our lineup. . . . If you look at his past stats, he's not afraid of fighting and protecting his players."

His arrival forced London head coach Dale Hunter to scratch forward Jamie VanderVeeken, with whom Jarram played in Ottawa last year and one of the few familiar faces for him in the dressing room. Both were used infrequently during the 67's playoff run last year and Jarram didn't play in the Memorial Cup tournament in London.

Jarram did, however, score Ottawa's first goal this season three minutes into the team's first game -- the first goal in 115 OHL contests for the Sault's second-round pick in the 2003 draft.

"I got the puck," he said with a grin. "It was pretty special because it came in Sault Ste. Marie against my old team."


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