May 14, 2013
London to host 2014 Memorial Cup
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

(CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency)

LONDON, ONT. - It’s been the most successful time frame in London Knights history.

Less than 12 hours after winning their way into the 2013 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, the London Knights and the city of London have been named bid winners to hold the 2014 Memorial Cup.

“I’m numb,” said Knights’ general manager Mark Hunter.

Hunter said he was told just before the game against the Barrie Colts on Monday.

“It’s pretty amazing everything that’s happened,” Hunter said. “It’s been quite a run.

“No, I didn’t get much sleep. There’s just too much to think about, too much to do. It’s a good problem to have.”


The announcement was made early Tuesday with a press conference to follow at Budweiser Gardens at 11 a.m..

Three Ontario Hockey League clubs including the Knights, the Colts, and the Windsor Spitfires made bids for the tournament.

The Knights held the tournament in 2005, a tournament they won. Monday the Knights defeated the Colts 3-2 to win the OHL championship, earning them the right to travel to Saskatoon for the Memorial Cup tournament beginning later this week.

The site selection committee was made up of Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston, former OHL and NHL executive and director of Central Scouting Frank Bonello, NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell, NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Jim Gregory, and president of broadcast, Rogers Media (Sportsnet) Scott Moore. Ex-officio members of the site selection committee include OHL legal counsel Gord Kirke, and OHL commissioner David Branch.

“The quality of a MasterCard Memorial Cup host team is one of the principal criteria for a successful bid,” Kirke said. “The site selection committee determined that while all three clubs possess sufficient elements for a suitable host city, it is the projected quality of the London Knights hockey next season that is the decisive factor.”

The Knights project to return more than 22 players next season from their 2012-13 roster

The 96th edition of the Memorial Cup will take place May 16-25, 2014, at Budweiser Gardens.

“I just don’t know what to say,” Hunter said. “So much has happened. I found out just before the game when Trevor Whiffen (Knights’ governor) came in and said ‘we got it.’ It’s just been amazing.”

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