The Chatham Maroons will wear this sticker designed by Dean Outhouse of RPM Designs on their helmets in honour of Ken Houston. (Photo courtesy of the Chatham Maroons)

Maroons Honour Houston, Open Series In London

When the Chatham Maroons open their second-round playoff series in London tonight, they’ll have history on their minds — and their helmets.

Team owners Bill and Karen Szekesy announced this week that for the rest of the Maroons’ playoff run, the players will be wearing a special #4 sticker on their helmets in memory of former Jr. Maroon legend Ken Houston who died on Saturday, March 10. Visitation will take place Thursday afternoon and evening with a funeral set to take place on Friday.

“Ken’s presence is definitely felt in Memorial Arena through the Chatham Maroon Alumni’s ‘Legends on Ice’ display cabinets,” said the Szekesy’s in a release. “We felt it only fitting that the current Maroons and today’s Fans understand the contribution that Ken made to the Maroons.”

After a short time with the Maroons in 1972-73, Houston went on to play in the NHL from 1975-1984. In 570 career games, he scored 161 goals and added 167 assists.

As for the Maroons’ series against the London Nationals, as of Wednesday morning, only the details of Game 1 have been released.

The series kicks off at the Western Fairgrounds in London on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm.

The sixth-seeded Maroons will be riding high after a Game 7 win against LaSalle, which boosted them to a first-round upset against the third-ranked Vipers.

Chatham has an even tougher test ahead of them in the second round, though, as they face the top-ranked Nationals. London went 6-0 against the Maroons in the regular season, outscoring them by a total of 41-19 in those games. The Nationals are also well-rested after a four-game sweep against the Strathroy Rockets in the first round.

You can hear Game 1 — and all of the Maroons’ playoff games — by tuning in to CFCO Country 92.9FM / AM 630 or listening online by clicking here.