London Knights Linemates Marner, Tkachuk, Dvorak Make Their Marks in the NHL

By Spencer, Donna | The Canadian Press, November 14, 2016 | Go to article overview

London Knights Linemates Marner, Tkachuk, Dvorak Make Their Marks in the NHL


Spencer, Donna, The Canadian Press


Knights not quiet upon arrival in the NHL

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CALGARY - Forever linked by their junior hockey success, Matthew Tkachuk, Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak keep tabs on each other's progress in their rookie NHL seasons.

The night of Nov. 3 had the former London Knights linemates working their phones on a group chat.

Tkachuk scored twice for the Calgary Flames, Marner twice for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dvorak scored his first NHL goal for the Arizona Coyotes in wins for all three teams.

"We all thought it was pretty funny we all had good nights on the same day," Dvorak told The Canadian Press from Phoenix.

Snapchat and group texting are their preferred modes of communication.

"I talk to them quite a bit," Marner said in Toronto. "I talk to Devo pretty much every day, Chucky I talk to once a week. Just talk about how everything's going and how they like it."

The trio dominated Ontario Hockey League scoring with a combined 121 goals in the 2015-16 regular season. Marner, Tkachuk and Dvorak ranked first to third respectively in post-season scoring en route to an OHL title.

Marner was the Memorial Cup's most valuable player and leading scorer with two goals and a dozen assists in four games.

Tkachuk scored twice and Dvorak once in London's 3-2 overtime win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the Memorial Cup final. At the time, Tkachuk thought his overtime winner deflected off Dvorak's back.

"I think we'll be friends for a whole lifetime," Dvorak said. "It's a pretty special bond we have."

The former Knights stars now see each other on opposite sides of the puck. The Flames host Dvorak's Coyotes on Wednesday and Marner's Leafs on Nov. 30.

"It'll be cool to play against them," Tkachuk said. …

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