Mitchell Marner is one of the NHL’s most promising rookies, and one of the London Knights most recognizable alumni. Marner had an amazing first 3 quarters of his NHL rookie season. After a brief break from playing due to a minor shoulder injury, Marner came back and returned to playing that high speed and exciting game style that Leafs fans love to watch. With 61 points in his 77 regular season games played, he has shocked the hockey world, especially when he helped lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to their first playoff run in 5 years. Many are curious to see just how far his potential will take him and the predictions suggest quite far. Lets take a look at where all of this skill and potential stems from.
Mitch Marner was born in Markham, Ontario on May 5th, 1997, which puts him at only 20 years of age. Marner began playing hockey in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), however later switched to the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), where he played for the Vaughan Kings. During his time in the GTHL, Marner dominated, averaging over 1.5 points per game, as well as winning a GTHL championship. This was just the beginning of Marner’s success. From the GTHL, Marner went on to play junior for the St. Mikes Buzzers. After a short time with the Buzzers, Marner was playing in the OHL for our London Knights. Throughout Marner’s years in the OHL he made a lasting impact on the London Knights organization.
In Marner’s three seasons with the London Knights there was a tremendous amount of development seen in his game. In Marner’s first season he got 13 goals and 46 assists in 64 games played. The largest improvement was seen in his second season, when he managed to get 44 goals and 82 assists, totaling 126 points. He had an incredible third and final season when he was named co-captain alongside his line mate, Christian Dvorak and had his second straight 100-plus point season, with 39 goals and 77 assists. One of Marner’s largest accomplishments with the London Knights was his MasterCard Memorial Cup victory after the 2015-2016 season. After winning 17 consecutive post-season games, the Knights sealed the deal with a 3-2 overtime win against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The overtime goal was scored by Marner’s teammate, Matthew Tkachuk, however, Marner was the team’s point leader for the series with 14 points in just 4 games. Marner was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP and named 2016 Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year.
After Marner’s amazing junior career, an incredible rookie season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and helping bring life back into the Leafs organization, the hockey world can hardly wait to see what’s in store for this spectacular hockey player.
Watch this awesome tribute of Marner’s time with the London Knights.