They came in with more than 80 players and they’ll go down to 25.
The London Knights opened their training camp at Budweiser Gardens Friday (Aug. 29) with 89 players and finished Monday (Sept. 1) with the list being cut down to 40 and a game between the prospects, while team veterans like Brett Welychka, and Matt and Ryan Rupert watched.
There have been a lot of questions surrounding the team heading into this upcoming season, including the fact only two defencemen are returning from last year — which includes Aiden Jamieson, who only played 29 games for the Knights.
Also, there’s the looming question of which players will be heading to the professional ranks with a handful expected to make the move.
“It’s more people in the media asking those questions and putting it out there,” said Knights’ assistant general manager Rob Simpson. “It’s a year where we were in the Memorial Cup and we’re having a big turnover this year and we’re excited for what our young players are going to be able to bring.”
The Knights also announced Friday they were retiring Dave Bolland’s No. 91 before the Oct. 15 game against the Erie Otters. Bolland holds the Knights record for most-career playoff goals and was an integral part of the Knights winning the 2004-05 Memorial Cup before going on to win two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and 2013.