The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League have produced some great teams and individual players since they entered the league as the London Nationals for the 1965-66 season. Along with great players comes a well stocked trophy cabinet.
Test and expand your knowledge of London Knights OHL Award winners with the following four hockey trivia questions and answers.
Q. Which London Knight won four OHL awards during the 1981-82 season?
A. Dave Simpson scored 67 goals and added 88 assists for 155 points in 1981-82. The 155 points earned him the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the league’s top scorer. His meagre eighteen minutes in penalties helped him win the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL’s most sportsmanlike player. He was also awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, the Bobby Smith Trophy as the Scholastic Player of the Year. On top of all that, Simpson was named the CHL’s top player.
Simpson was a third round pick of the New York Islanders at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play just three years of professional hockey. Dave played two years with the Indianapolis Checkers in the Central Hockey League right out of junior. After taking a full year off, Simpson returned for 1985-86 to play one year with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League.
Q. To date, just one London Knights player has been awarded the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the league’s Humanitarian of the Year?
A. Jason Metcalfe played two and a half years of his four year OHL career with the Knights after starting out with the Oshawa Generals. Metcalfe was a late round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Metcalfe went on to play in the ECHL from 1999-00 to 2005-06. Well travelled, Jason played for nine different teams over his seven year ECHL career.
Q. Three different London coaches have combined to win the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL’s Coach of the Year six times. Who was the first coach to win the Leyden?
A. Bill Long won the award in 1976-77. The team won 51 of 66 games and lost in the Robertson Cup final to the Ottawa 67’s. Long coached the Knights from 1972-73 to 1979-80. Previous to that, Bill coached the Niagara Falls Flyers for just one season, 1964-65. However, that year, on the strength of guys like Derek Sanderson and Bernie Parent, the Flyers were Memorial Cup champions, beating out the Edmonton Oil Kings in the finals. Long was also the first ever head coach of the Ottawa 67’s, coaching for five years from 1967-68 to 1971-72.
Q. Only one player from the London Knights has been drafted first overall in the OHL Entry draft, thus winning the Jack Ferguson Award. Who is this player?
A. Rico Fata won the Jack Ferguson Award in 1996. Rico played three seasons for the Knights and became a sixth overall pick of the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Fata went on to play 230 regular season games in the NHL between 1998-99 and 2006-07 with the Flames, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals.
Rico has been in Europe since the end of the second half of the 2006-07 season, playing in Germany, Switzerland and Finland. He is currently with HIFK in Finland’s Liiga.