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Knights crowned Midwest Division champions once again

 

For the second straight season, the London Knights have secured the Holody Trophy as Midwest Division champions.

The Knights wrapped up their successful season with a 3-1 win over the Oshawa Generals on March 8th, capping off a seven-game winning streak. Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy registered a goal and an assist, extending his point streak to its 18th game while Washington Capitals pick Connor McMichael scored his 47th goal to earn his career-high 102nd point of the season. The win cemented the Knights’ 2019-20 regular season record at 45-15-1-1, good for 92 points atop the Western Conference standings.

McMichael’s 102 points place him third among OHL skaters; a position he also owns in total goals scored with 47. Defenceman Ryan Merkley, a San Jose Sharks draftee, tallied the second highest point total of 76 (15-61—76) among blueliners while NHL Draft hopeful Luke Evangelista put up an exceptional 23 goals and 61 points in his sophomore year.

Rookie netminder Brett Brochu played a big part in London’s success, finishing one shy of the League lead in wins with a record of 32-6-0-0, setting an OHL all-time record for victories by a 16 or 17-year-old goaltender.

The Knights excelled once again under the coaching of Dale Hunter, who surpassed the 800-career victory mark this past season in addition to guiding Canada’s National Junior Team to a gold medal finish at the 2020 World Juniors.

Since joining the Midwest Division at the start of the 2002-03 season, the Knights have earned the Holody Trophy – named in honour of  former owner and governor of the Guelph Platers and Owen Sound Platers Joe Holody – a total of 10 times. Prior to that, they clinched first in the West Division during the 1997-98 campaign, and finished atop the Emms Division in 1977-78 and 1989-90.

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