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.
— London Free Press (@LFPress) June 16, 2017
— AM980 London News (@AM980News) June 16, 2017
Don Brankley was an integral part of every @GoLondonKnights growth and maturity. He will be missed by all. ?Branks?
— Danny Syvret (@DannySyvret) June 16, 2017
Very sad to hear the news about Don “Branks” Brankley, many great memories made with that guy!! RIP brother
— Rob Schremp (@RobSchremp) June 16, 2017
Had the pleasure of knowing this special man. Rest In Peace Branks. pic.twitter.com/hr4tLv6BMN
— Max Domi (@max_domi) June 16, 2017
My condolences go out to Don Brankleys family. Nothing but great memories. What a beauty! Will miss you bud!
— Dave Bolland (@DaveBolland) June 16, 2017
Rest In Peace Branks. Everyone in the @GoLondonKnights family will miss you!
— Sam Gagner (@89SGagner) June 16, 2017
Sad to hear about the passing of Don Brankley. Long time trainer of the London Knights. Only great memories there and will miss him. #Branks
— Marc Methot (@MarcMethot3) June 16, 2017
1 of my best friends in hockey passed away today. Its a sad day 4 hockey n a sad day 4 many players who he taught how to be men. RIP Branks
— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) June 16, 2017
Don Brankley was an anchor for the @GoLondonKnights organization during some of its best times & its very toughest times. Thank you Branks.
— Mike Stubbs (@stubbsAM980) June 16, 2017
— CTV London (@CTVLondon) June 17, 2017
R.I.P. Branks pic.twitter.com/imIWtipaJE
— London Knights (@GoLondonKnights) June 16, 2017