|Rob Ramage. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)
LONDON, ONT. - With training camp underway, the London Knights are in the process of defining Rob Ramage's role with the team this season.
"Right now, he's helping with our defence," London head coach Dale Hunter said. "He's a defence consultant. I didn't play defence. He did. His family lives here, he played (15) years in the NHL and he's here to help us out."
Ramage, a former Maple Leafs captain, is arguably the most high-profile helper in Knights history. The 52-year-old Byron native played three seasons with his hometown Knights, was an NHL first overall pick and his No. 5 hangs in the rafters of the John Labatt Centre.
He is also on parole for the impaired driving conviction in the 2003 death of his friend Keith Magnuson, a former Chicago Blackhawks captain.
"He's going through the system and there's not much more to say about it," Dale Hunter said. "He's helping us right now."
GM Mark Hunter said the Knights are still looking at various assistant coach options to work with Dale Hunter behind the bench starting Friday in their preseason opener at home against the Sarnia Sting.
Dylan Hunter, a former Knights captain and Dale's son, is considering helping the team this season. Assistant GM Misha Donskov has retained his assistant coaching duties, while Mark Hunter plans to spend some time behind the bench too.