Knights escape injury in crash

RANDY RICHMOND -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Two London Knights escaped injury yesterday afternoon when their sport utility vehicle sheared off two light standards on Dundas Street near Ridout Street.

Forward Pat Kane and defenceman Andrew Wilkins were subdued, but apparently unhurt after the 1:30 p.m. crash.

"We're OK," Kane said, taking cover from a downpour after talking to police.

The two players were heading east on Riverside Drive to a practice at the Western Fair ice pads, said Knights assistant general manager Jim McKellar. Kane was driving, McKellar added.

Police were releasing no details last night.

Weather may have been a factor.

"It's just the slickness (of the road)," said Knights trainer Don Brankley, who showed up at the scene to help the two teens.

After the players were checked by the trainer and a team doctor, they were driven home, McKellar said.

"You are always shaken up after an accident like that," he said. "Our main concern is their health."

Kane, 17, is a highly touted prospect from Buffalo courted by several top U.S. colleges. His preseason play has created a stir in this city.

Wilkins, 18, is a Pickering resident in his second season with the Knights.


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