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The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League were originally known as the London Nationals when they first entered the Ontario Hockey Association in 1965. The Nationals were affiliated with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. When NHL teams sponsoring junior teams came to an end with the end of the Original Six era, the Nationals changed their name and colours to reflect their disassociation with the Maple Leafs.
The Knights have produced some great NHL hockey players through the years and some have even played for Toronto! Test and expand your London Knights hockey trivia with the following four hockey trivia questions.
Q. What current NHLer is the London Knights all-time leader in career points?
A. Anaheim Ducks star and one time recipient of the Rocket Richard Trophy, Corey Perry, accumulated 380 points as a London Knight. The total was two better than the previous leader, Chris Taylor.
Perry played four years with the Knights from 2001-02 to 2004-05 and amassed his point total over 253 regular season games. Corey’s number 94 has since been retired by the team. Of course, with Anaheim he wears number 10, even though 94 wasn’t taken.
Q. With 169 career goals with the London Knights, what player is the all-time leader in that category?
A. Recent addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Dino Ciccarelli, achieved that total over his four seasons with the Knights. When you consider that Dino broke his leg during his third season and only scored eight goals in 30 games, this is a very exceptional accomplishment.
Ciccarelli didn’t stop after he left the Knights. Dino went on to score 608 regular season goals in the National Hockey League. He played in the league from 1980-81 to 1998-99 with the Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.
Q. Number 9 is retired by the London Knights in honour of what player?
A. A bit of a trick question since he wore number 27 throughout his stellar NHL career. Darryl Sittler spent three years in London, one as a National and two as a Knight. Sittler, of course, went on to a great NHL career with Toronto, Philadelphia and Detroit and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.
In his second year with London, 1968-69, Darryl was second in the league with 65 assists, one off the leader. He also placed third in the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy with 99 points, nine behind leader Rejean Houle of the Montreal Junior Canadiens and one behind Marcel Dionne of the St. Catherines Blackhawks.
In 1969-70, his final year with the Knights, Sittler tied for sixth in the OHL with 42 goals. His 48 assists tied him for seventh and his point total of 90 placed him sixth in the league. Darryl was a hefty 42 points behind league leader Marcel Dionne.
Q. What London Knight was the eighth overall pick in the 1973 World Hockey Association draft, going to the ill-fated Los Angeles Sharks?
A. Reg Thomas was not only drafted high to the WHA, he made a career in the league, playing right up until the league merged with the NHL after the 1978-79 season. Thomas played for the Sharks, Michigan Stags, Baltimore Blades, Indianapolis Racers and Cincinnati Stingers. Reg played three seasons with the Knights from 1970-71 to 1972-73. In his final two seasons with London, his points totals were 104 and 135. He played 39 games in the NHL, all during the 1979-80 season with the Quebec Nordiques.