Three current London Knights have made it to the hub cities with the NHL set to resume meaningful games this weekend.
Forwards Liam Foudy (Blue Jackets) and Connor McMichael (Capitals) are in the bubble close to home base at Toronto while defenceman Alec Regula is with the Blackhawks in Edmonton. Each team is allowed to bring a maximum 31 players into the two cities’ secure zones ahead of competition, which begins Saturday.
The speedy Foudy, who played two NHL regular-season games as an emergency call-up in February, is expected to be a big part of Columbus’s plans to neutralize Mitch Marner and the Maple Leafs in their best-of-five play-in series. All three Knights had their OHL seasons cut short in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are 43 players with local ties among 19 of the 24 teams still alive in the Stanley Cup chase. An incredible 34 of them suited up for the Knights during their major junior careers. They are: