2005 Knights Named CHL Team Of The Century

The London Knights’ 2005 Memorial Cup-winning team is the best CHL team of the last 100 years, according to a fan poll.

The Canadian Hockey League announced Sunday that the ’05 Knights were voted by fans as the CHL’s Team of the Century.

The poll coincided with the 100th edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament, which ended Sunday night when the Acadie-Bathurst Titan defeated the host Regina Pats for the Memorial Cup.

The 2005 Knights beat out 98 other Memorial Cup champions over the course of the tournament’s history.

After the votes were tabulated in the open first round, a final-four round took place, which included the top vote-getter in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), plus a wildcard.

The 2005 Knights beat out the 1995 Kamloops Blazers, the 2000 Rimouski Oceanic and the 2013 Halifax Mooseheads in the final-four round.

London celebrated its 40th season in 2005, winning an OHL-record 59 games for 120 points, including a whopping 31-game unbeaten streak. The Knights easily won their first-ever OHL championship to advance to the Memorial Cup tournament and beat a Sidney Crosby-led Rimouski team twice on their way to the title.

Coached by Dale Hunter, the Knights in 2005 featured Memorial Cup MVP Corey Perry, and four future NHL players, David Bolland, Dan Girardi, Marc Methot, and Brandon Prust.