London Knights unveil new logo and jerseys inspired by 2005 glory days

At a press conference Wednesday morning, the club unveiled its new-look threads for the 2019-20 season, swapping last year’s black and white jerseys for classic green and white sweaters.

Left to right: London Knights general manager Mark Hunter, players Connor McMichael and Alex Regula, and head coach Dale Hunter pose with the Knights' new jersey for the 2019-20 season. (Sebastian Bron/The London Free Press)

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The London Knights are turning back the clock with their new on-ice look.

At a news conference Monday, the club unveiled its 2019-20 jerseys, swapping last year’s black-and-white livery for classic green and white.

It’s a change inspired by the Knights’ glory days, said general manager Mark Hunter, hearkening back to when team won a Memorial Cup in 2005 and dominated the league much of the decade.

“The 2005 team was a special team, and (these) jerseys are basically a spinoff of that. It’s a big day for the London Knights,” Hunter said. “We all know the legacy of the 2005 team. It was special.”

The new jerseys prominently feature the updated logo — the team’s 10th, including the 1968 rebranding from Nationals to Knights — on the front with no lettering.

The Knights helmet in the updated logo has some subtle shading changes. The helmet’s black eye hole, for example, has been changed to green. The team’s jerseys – white for home, green for away – are designed to be simple and sleek.

“I think it’s a good combination of history and little bright colour to it. Sometimes, a change brightens everything up,” Hunter said.

“The sweater really represents the players and the past players, and we’re excited about that legacy.”

Players Connor McMichael and Alex Regula joined Knights brass in presenting the jerseys.

Though both have been drafted to the NHL — McMichael to Washington in the first round in June, Regula to Detroit in the third round last year — they’re entering their third year in London and figure to be hallmarks for the Knights this season.

Regula, sporting the team’s green away sweater, said the fresh logo and updated jerseys will be a welcome change in the locker room.

“It’s good to come with new logo, bring some excitement to the fans and represent the history of the Knights,” he said, and recalling the 2004-05 Memorial Cup team’s design is an honour. “It’s such a great legacy, and it’s pretty special to wear something similar to that.”

London’s new-look gear is now available at the team’s Armoury. Their training camp is right around the corner, too, opening Aug. 26 at Budweiser Gardens.