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No. 88 to become ninth number retired by OHL franchise, first after just a single season of play

by Austin Siegel /

Before he took Chicago by storm in 2007, Patrick Kane was already a household name for fans of one of the OHL's most succesful teams. 

During his lone season with the London Knights in 2006-07, Kane posted a 145-point season (62G, 83A). In January, the Knights will retire his No. 88 jersey. 

Tweet from @RyanatLFPress: Patrick Kane will be the 9th Knight to have his number (No. 88) retired in London Jan. 17 vs. Sudbury. Despite playing one season here, GM Mark Hunter called it a no-brainer. Said his individual 06-07 season one of the top "3-4 in Knights history".

Kane's brief career in London was a memorable one, moving up from the No. 88 pick in the OHL Draft to the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft just a year later. Along the way, Kane picked up the Emms Family Award (as the OHL's Rookie of the Year) and finished second to future No. 1 overall pick John Tavares in Red Tilson Trophy voting for the league's MVP. 

Just the ninth player in franchise history to have his number retired, Kane will become the first Knight to do so after only one season in London. No. 88 will take its place in history on Jan. 17 as the Knights take on the Sudbury Wolves, one night before the Blackhawks take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

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