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Knights crowned Midwest Division champs

Ontario Hockey League

The London Knights are Midwest Division champions for the first time since 2013, securing the Holody Trophy with Sunday’s 3-1 road win over the Erie Otters.

The 44-12-6-1 Knights are winners of three straight and recently secured at least 40 wins in a season for the sixth time in the past seven years. They’ve had big contributions from 50-goal, 100-point producer Kevin Hancock and OHL Defenceman of the Month Adam Boqvist of late while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Connor McMichael and Columbus Blue Jackets first round pick Liam Foudy have 36 and 35 goals on the season respectively.

The aforementioned Hancock currently leads the OHL in shots on goal with 302 and joins teammate Billy Moskal as one of the OHL’s top faceoff men with a 56.6% success rate at the dot.

With the speed of Foudy and Ottawa Senators prospect Alex Formenton up front, the Knights boast the league’s top penalty killing unit, currently operating at 86.6%. Last line of defence Joseph Raaymakers has won a career-high 30 games this season and is the league’s winningest active netminder with 109 career victories.

London’s ninth Midwest Division title is also their 12th division crown in franchise history and follows back-to-back championships the last two times they captured the Midwest in 2012 and 2013.

The Knights currently own 95 points atop the Western Conference standings and are in pursuit of their first 100-point season since they last hoisted the Memorial Cup in 2016. They host Michigan-based opponents Flint and Saginaw this coming Friday and Saturday night.

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