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OHL Mourns the Loss of Don Brankley

The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the passing of longtime London Knights Trainer Don Brankley.

Affectionately nicknamed “Branks”, Brankley served as a member of the Knights training staff for 38 years. He began his career with the Knights in 1970, just five years after the start of the London franchise, and was a part of the organization until the end of the 2007-2008 season.

Upon retirement, Brankley was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Bill Long Award presented in recognition and appreciation for outstanding contributions to the OHL.

A member of the 2005 Mastercard Memorial Cup Championship team, the long-term team trainer took care of hundreds of Knights alumni throughout his tenure with the franchise.

Branks will always be remembered at Budweiser Gardens as a banner signifying his commitment and passion towards the Knights hangs from the rafters.

He passed away Friday morning in Sudbury, not far from his home in Capreol, from respiratory complications.  He was 69 years old.

Thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Brankley family, and to his many friends and former players who will miss him dearly.

For more about Branks and his impact on the Knights and City of London, read Ryan Pyette’s story in the London Free Press, a piece by radio voice Mike Stubbs for AM980, or watch a report by CTV London’s Sean Irvine.

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