Preview: London Knights Green and Gold Game – Sunday 2pm at Budweiser Gardens – London


Ontario Hockey League training camps are a lot like lightning.

Blink and you miss them. They don’t last long.

But the London Knights will continue the tradition of their Green vs. Gold game on Sunday afternoon as the remaining camp players face off at 2 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens.

The game is free. Fans are asked to enter through Gate 4 and the concessions will be open.

Some players will use the game as a final tune-up before heading to NHL rookie camps while others will try to show they belong on the Knights roster to start the 2022-23 season.

Goalkeepers Brett Brochu, Owen Flores and Owen Willmore will not participate in the game, which will give the other camp goalies a chance to show off their skills. Defenders Logan Mailloux and Oliver Bonk will also not participate in the game.

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Here is an overview of the players you will see on the ice:

Green team

30 Zachary Bowen – The Knights’ 2022 4th round selection Bowen had a fantastic season as a 15-year-old in Eastern Ontario. He split his time between the Embrun Panthers of the EOJHL and the Ottawa Senators of the CCHL. His save percentage was over .930 for both teams.

31 Finn Wilson – A 15th round pick from London in 2022, Wilson was the number one goaltender for the U16 Niagara North Stars last year where he was a teammate of Knights 1st round pick Luca Testa.

01 Max McCue – The 19-year-old San Jose Sharks prospect has a big upside and an air of swagger to his game. He will be relied on for offense and leadership after the departures of Luke Evangelista and Tonio Stranges.

02 Abakar Kazbekov – Returning after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, Kazbekov has performed well in training camp. Has an incredibly accurate shot.

03 Sam O’Reilly – The Knights’ 2022 2nd-round pick brings offense and physicality to his game and hopes to mold his game in the style of Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson.

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04 Joshua Lepain – The 2022 London 5th round pick had a terrific season with the Windsor Jr. Spitfires in 2021-22 with 31 points in 21 league games. Had a good size and skill.

05 Denver Barkey – One of the OHL’s most dynamic players, Barkey, helped Team Canada win gold at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup and was named Canada’s player of the game in the championship final.

06 Ben Bujold – London’s 2021 1st round pick, Bujold brings a wide range of skills to his second full season with the Knights. Play games at full speed.

07 William Nicholl – The Knights’ 2022 3rd round pick, Nicholl was a point-per-game player for the Ottawa Senators U18s last year. He took his game to a new level after being cut from his bantam team.

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09 Owen Hey – A native of Mount Brydges, Ont., who spent last season racking up solid numbers for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Hey earned a spot in this game thanks to his performance in camp as a guest free agent .

10 Brody Crane – Suffered a nasty cut to his face in training camp when he was hit by a puck. The skilled forward who goes strong at the net will attend rookie camp with the New Jersey Devils.

11 Mathieu Paris – A 5th round choice by London in 2021 Paris is considered by some scouting services to be a real steal in this draft. He had 40 points in 39 games last season with the St. Thomas Stars and played four games with the Knights.

12 Kaeden Johnston – Another 5th round selection by London in 2021, Johnston could easily be another steal. He finished second in scoring for the Komoka Kings last year at age 16 and showed very well in two games with the Knights.

13Charlie Fink – After spending the last year with the Saginaw Spirit, Fink is looking to show off his tough style and good shot in London, Ont.

14 Ethan MacKinnon – The Londoner has been steadily improving and has been placed in bigger and bigger situations in 2021-22. The 19-year-old will be looking to pick up where he left off this season.

15 Jackson Edward – Selected by the Boston Bruins in the 2022 NHL Draft, Edward can play the game any way you want and excel. The Newmarket, Ont., native was actually a Bruins fan growing up.

16 Jamieson Steele – The Knights’ 2022 12th round pick had a great season in 2021-22 with the U16 Don Mills Flyers. He has a good size at six feet, two inches tall and an excellent reach.

17 Gerard Keane – The current oldest Keane Knight is a master of the little things that help teams win. He will attend rookie camp with the Arizona Coyotes.

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Gold per team

30 Aidan Berry – The 19-year-old had a great season last year with the London Nationals posting a .923 save percentage and even played one game in a Knights uniform.

31 Jaden Cholette – A 2022 Knights 6th round pick from Gloucester, Ont., Cholette posted a 1.94 GAA and .911 save percentage as a 15-year-old with the Nepean Raiders U18 last season.

29Rylan Donovan – London’s 2021 6th round pick from Richmond, Ont., Donovan spent the last year with the Kemptville 73 U18s. He is the son of former NHL player Shean Donovan.

01 Liam Gilmartin – The big and versatile San Jose Sharks prospect is ready for his second season in London, Ont. He played minor hockey in an arena in Washington, MD., where a Dale Hunter banner hung.

02 Easton Cowan – The former Elgin-Middlesex chief is on course for a breakout year after dazzling with the Komoka Kings last season. Cowan had 34 points in 24 GOJHL games and had one goal and one assist in seven games with the Knights.

03 Rodion Tatarenko – Drafted in the 9th round by North Bay in 2020, Tatarenko played eight games for the Battalion in 2021-22. He also had one point per game for the Powassan VooDoos. Born in Stravopol, Rus.

04 Rene Van Bommel – The native of Strathroy, Ont., had a good camp. He was selected in the 11th round of the 2022 OHL Priority Draft and spent last season with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.

05 Sean McGurn – He begins his breakthrough year in the OHL after finishing 3rd on the Knights with 73 points. McGurn will attend rookie camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

06 Luca Testa – The Knights’ 2022 1st round pick, Testa helped the St. Catharines Falcons win the Sutherland Cup as a 15-year-old. He racked up points in training camp scrums.

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07 Jacob Julien – The former London Jr. Knight spent last season with the London Nationals where he finished 4th in team scoring. Julien was selected in the 3rd round of the U18 OHL priority selection in 2021.

08 Anthony Giacalone – Selected in the 7th round in 2022 by the Knights, Giacalone will be 16 on September 14. He was nearly a point-per-game player with the Markham Majors in 2021-22.

10 Landon Sim – Set for a stellar second season after being selected in the 2022 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, the Glasgow, N.S. native plays with an edge and a consistent attitude that stands out on the ice.

12 Ruslan Gazizov – Entering his second year in the OHL, Gazizov can blow fans away with moves like the one in training camp that saw him smash his way beyond the net to snatch the puck from the goaltender’s glove .

13 Michael Levin – Born in Israel and younger brother of former OHL first overall pick David Levin, Michael had a big offensive season for the Powassan VooDoos in 2021-22.

14 Gleb Akimov – A free agent invited to training camp, Akimov had accumulated points during the pre-season with the Oakville Blades. Born in Mytishchi, Rus.

15 Isaiah George – After an impressive rookie season in London, Ont., which often saw him face off against other teams’ top lines, the New York Islanders selected George in the 4th round of the 2022 NHL Draft.

16 Sam Dickinson – Acquired by the Knights from the Niagara Ice Dogs on August 31, Dickinson is considered one of the best defensemen in his age group. He brings high-end skill, size and balance to the position.

17 Carsen Lloyd – London’s 2021 third-round pick, Lloyd played six games with the Knights last year as a 16-year-old and also had a great season with the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders.

18 Bryce Montgomery – The Carolina Hurricanes prospect could win in the pro ranks or return to the OHL as a supernatant. Montgomery’s grandmother walked with Martin Luther King.

20 Connor Federkow – One of the toughest hitters in major junior hockey, Federkow is entering his second full season with the Knights. The St. Catharines native also played for Komoka and St. Thomas of the GOJHL.

21 Jared Wooley – A 2022 London 6th round pick, the Port Hope, Ont., native had a great year with the U16 Quinte Red Devils in 2021-22.

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