The Anaheim Ducks are in Detroit Saturday night to end their grueling seven-game road trip against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. But on Friday night reigning NHL MVP Corey Perry had his number retired by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Perry was emotional as he was honored:
"I just want to say thank you to Dale, Mark Hunter, the London Knight organization, just for having me here. It's exciting to be here, it's exciting to see my name up there," Perry said on the ice before tearing up, drawing an even larger ovation from the crowd.
Perry was with the Knights from 2001-2005 and scored 140 goals and had 240 assists in his four seasons in Ontario. "I didn't know what to expect. When you saw the banner go up it really hits home," Perry said after the ceremony. "Normally they wait until after your retired and done playing hockey, bit it's nice that they honored me this way and it's great I was able to be here in person to receive the award."
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