Knights gain big goalie

London Free Press staff

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

The London Knights have acquired six-foot-four, 206-pound goalie Chris Abbey, a London native, from the Sudbury Wolves for a pick in the 2008 OHL draft.

The 18-year-old appeared in 10 games last year with the Wolves and went 1-3-0-1 with a 4.51 goals-against average as a backup to starter Kevin Beech.

Abbey played in London against his hometown team on Dec. 16 at the John Labatt Centre, a game the Knights won 6-5 on Jamie VanderVeeken's third-period goal.

Abbey played high school hockey for St. Thomas Aquinas and minor hockey in the London Junior Knights program, and spent a year of Tier 2 Junior A in North Bay before being picked up by Sudbury. He is expected to compete for the backup job behind projected starting goalie Steve Mason.

The deal presages a busy August for London GM Mark Hunter, who is scheduled to meet with former NHLer and Chatham native Dave Gagner this week to discuss one of the Knights' vacant assistant coach positions. Gagner's talented son Sam has already signed to play for the Knights this season.

Coveted forward and 2004 draft pick Pat Kane has yet to choose between London and the NCAA but will attend this month's United States under-20 world junior hockey championships in Lake Placid.


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