Mark Hunter with the London Knights. CHL Images.

A Shakeup At The London Knights

A familiar face is returning to the general manger’s office at the London Knights.

The OHL club announced Friday that current owner and vice-president Mark Hunter will assume the role of general manager. In addition, current general manager Rob Simpson will move into the role of assistant general manager.

Hunter returns to the Knights after four years with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined the Leafs in 2014 as their player personnel director and eventually became their assistant GM. Before heading to Toronto, Hunter had been the Knights’ GM for 14 seasons.

Simpson had been London’s general manager for two seasons. He had joined the club in 2012 as an assistant GM and an assistant coach. The team says Simpson will work closely with Hunter regarding the team’s day-to-day operations.

“Rob and I will be working together every day in order to achieve the goals of our organization,” says Hunter in a statement. “He has done an outstanding job in all facets of his position and I look forward to continuing to work with him on all elements within our organization. We are excited for this upcoming season and look forward to bringing another competitive team forward to entertain and excite our fans.”

The change in the GM’s office comes as the team prepares for training camp, set to start later this month. Tickets for the upcoming season go on sale Saturday morning.