The London Sports Hall of Fame, under the auspices of the London Sport Council, has announced that the 2015-2016 London Knights have been inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame. After winning 17 straight playoff games, the Knights captured the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup, the highest team achievement in the Canadian Hockey League.
This induction is the second Knights team to be welcomed into the London Sports Hall of Fame. They will join the 2004-2005 London Knights who were inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame after the franchise won its first MasterCard Memorial Cup Championship.
“It is an honour to have our 2016 team inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame”, said Dale Hunter, the Knights Owner, President, and Head Coach. “We had an unforgettable team full of great young men, who have already gone and started successful NHL careers. It is a great sense of pride to have two teams as members of the London Sports Hall of Fame.”
The 2016 Championship team featured the likes of current NHL standouts, Mitchell Marner, Christian Dvorak, and Matthew Tkachuk. The three combined to score 344 points and formed arguably one of the greatest lines in the history of the CHL.
The team also included seven players who were selected in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, three of which were first round picks.
“We are incredibly proud of all of the accomplishments of our alumni from that team”, said London Knights General Manager, Rob Simpson. “To see players like Mitch, Christian, and Matthew become so successful in the NHL already, while also having many players graduate and continue their professional hockey careers, or joining collegiate programs is incredible. We had an incredibly special team that year full of very talented and outstanding young men.”
The Knights will join Jim Cressman, Dorinda “Dinnie” Greenway, Jeff Hackett, Jay McNeil, and David Patchell-Evans as nominees of the 2017 induction class.