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London, Ontario: An Exciting Destination for Hockey Fanatics
London, Ontario: An Exciting Destination for Hockey Fanatics


Fans of the National Hockey League — and hockey in general — have an outstanding reason to pay a visit to nearby London, Ontario ... and that would be to experience the London Knights in action! 

The London Knights Hockey Club formed in 1965 as a Junior “A” franchise. They were known then as the London Nationals, an Ontario Hockey Association (OHL) affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. This relationship ended in 1968 when the National Hockey League ended direct sponsorship of junior teams.

From 1968 to present day, London's favorite team, along with its rich history and winning tradition, has been known as the London Knights. Over those 49 seasons, the Knights have earned 11 division trophies, five Western Conference titles, three OHL Championships and one Memorial Cup! In 2004-05, the Knights had an unprecedented record of 59-7-0-2.

The Knights organization, along with the city of London, has been the top destination for some of the game’s best players. Notable retired numbers include Rob Ramage (5), Dino Ciccarelli (8), Darryl Sittler (9), Brendan Shanahan (19), Brad Marsh (22), Rick Nash (61), Corey Perry (94) and Dave Bolland (91).

Under the guidance of president and head coach Dale Hunter, the Knights play their home games in London’s Budweiser Gardens, located at 99 Dundas St. December home games include Sault Ste. Marie on Dec. 5, North Bay on Dec. 7, Plymouth on Dec. 12, Peterborough on Dec. 14, Guelph on Dec. 19 and Windsor on Dec. 28.

For more information on the London Knights, please visit www.londonknights.com. And for help planning your London adventure, please visit www.londontourism.ca.


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