The London Knights will have a new look for the 2019-20 season, with its inspiration coming from one of the most successful eras in the team’s history.
The team unveiled a new logo on Monday, saying it is a nod to the iconic London Knight helmet that inspired previous logos.
The new design looks very similar to the logo the Knights wore during the memorable 2004-05 season when they won the franchise’s first OHL and Memorial Cup championships.
The Knights used that logo from 2002 until 2008, when Dale Hunter, Mark Hunter and Basil McRae became owners of the team.
“To be able to represent many of the previous achievements that this franchise has accomplished while being able to look forward to the future was incredibly important to us,” said Mark Hunter, who is owner, vice-president and general manager of the Knights.
“In looking to develop the new generation of London Knights, this new logo will serve as a reminder of the hard work, passion and dedication it takes to be a London Knight, as represented by our alumni, both in hockey and in life.”
The new logo will be the 10th in team history. This includes the team’s change from the London Nationals to the London Knights during the 1968-69 season.
The team says it will unveil the Knights’ new jerseys on Monday, Aug. 19.
Training camp will have a bit of a new look in 2019 as well.
In the past on-ice sessions have started on a Tuesday but this year, they will begin on a Monday. Knights hopefuls will scrimmage during the day at Budweiser Gardens on August 26 and August 27 and remaining players at camp will participate in a Green and Gold game at 6 p.m. on August 28.
Knights General Manager Mark Hunter points out that the final scrimmage is always a highlight of training camp and having it later in the day will blend better with everyone’s schedule.
“Hopefully this will allow more of our fans to be able to come and watch and enjoy the game and enjoy some of our new players,” says Hunter.
London will open the pre-season at home to the Sarnia Sting on Friday, August 30 at 7:30.