Hockey is the fastest paced of all major sports, because its players rush to complete the game before the ice field melts into vinegar. Enjoy the acidic thrill of competition with this GrouponLive deal to see a London Knights preseason game at the John Labatt Centre. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $18, you get two general-admission tickets (a $52.50 value, including all fees).
- For $35, you get four general-admission tickets (a $97 value, including all fees).
For either option, choose from the following exhibition games:
- Against the Sarnia Sting on Friday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m.
- Against the Saginaw Spirit on Sunday, September 2, at 2 p.m.
- Against the Plymouth Whalers on Friday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open one hour before each game.
After falling one victory short of the CHL’s Memorial Cup last season, the Knights whet their blades during three preseason games at the John Labatt Centre. During the 2011–12 regular season, a 49–18–0 record propelled the team to the top of the Ontario League’s Western Conference—and atop the Midwest Division for the seventh time since 2003. Winger Seth Griffith proved a valuable asset with 85 points, including 40 assists, and a plus-minus of 24, earning the smiles of his teammates without having to scoop up ice shavings with paper cones and serve them at the bench. This season, Griffith and highly anticipated left winger Bo Horvat, hope to establish their names and follow in the skate carvings of such Knights alumni as Rick Nash and Patrick Kane.
“Nats now Knights, colors green and gold.” That was the headline in the London Free Press on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, when the London Nationals officially became the London Knights. Four decades of highs and lows followed without a championship, but the drought ended in 2005.
That year, instead of celebrating their 40th anniversary by covering the locker room floor in rose pedals, the Knights set a franchise record with 120 points and claimed their first-ever Robertson Cup as champions of the OHL. The accomplishment earned the Knights an appearance in the Memorial Cup tournament, a tournament they were already hosting, from which they emerged as the CHL’s top team. Ever since, the Knights have been an annual force in the league’s Western Conference, and added more hardware to their trophy case with back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
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