Memorial Cup win worthy of Hall

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

You don't have to tell Jordan Foreman that winning a Memorial Cup can change your hockey life.

Just 19, he and his teammates on the 2004-05 champion London Knights will be enshrined in the London Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Don't expect Foreman to comprehend the lifetime achievement for some time. The hard-working forward is still trying to let the Cup victory sink in -- a year-and-a-half after the fact.

"It's the single greatest accomplishment in my life to date and I think about it all the time," the Cambridge native said. "I'll never forget the moment when I got to lift the Memorial Cup trophy over my head and I remember looking into the stands and hearing the roar of the crowd. It doesn't get much better than that."

There was no doubt the Knights, who put together one of the top campaigns in junior hockey history two years ago, were heading to the London hall at some point. Some feel it's too early to honour the team, but Foreman likes the timing.

"It's nice that it's happening when some of us are still playing here and most of the other half are either in the NHL and the pros -- that's how good that team was," Foreman said. "We knew we were good heading into the year and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We had older guys who knew how to win and it carried on to the younger guys, which we've seen last year and this year."

Eleven members of that team, including the current members who remain with the club, are expected to be at the ceremony that will also honour track and field star Catherine Bond-Mills, 93-year-old local boxing legend Cliff McWhirter, rowing coach Al Morrow and the late Bob McFarlane, a track speedster and Western football great.

The Knights are the third team in the hall, joining the 1948 London Majors baseball squad and 1970 London TV Cable fastball club.

London Sports Council executive director Cheryl Finn, whose organization oversees the hall, is pleased 2004 inductee and ex-NHLer Ray Getliffe will be on hand to see the Knights honoured by the community.

"Ray just loves (current Knights captain and Cup winner) Robbie Drummond -- he loves his skating and they both were South secondary school grads and he sees Robbie as a London boy who made good," Finn said. "Some thought the Knights were a controversial pick because it's so close to them winning, but they were nominated and they got the votes. That's how the hall works."

Drummond and fellow Knights forward Josh Beaulieu have taken over for David Bolland as ambassadors for KidSport this season and will take part in an upcoming equipment drive to collect sporting gear for disadvantaged children.

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LONDON SPORTS HALL OF FAME

2006 inductees: 2004-05 London Knights (hockey), Catherine Bond-Mills (track and field), Bob McFarlane (football, track), Al Morrow (rowing), Cliff McWhirter (boxing)

Induction ceremony: Thursday, 11 a.m., John Labatt Centre

Induction dinner: Thursday (cocktails 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.) at the Western Fair's Carousel Room

Tickets: Call the London Sports Council, 519-451-6401. $100 for LSC members, $110 for non-members; $800 for a table of eight.


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