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Around the OHL: A plus in London’s lineup
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Published: Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Some say the Captain of the London Knights, Jarred Tinordi, has been playing under the radar, that: he has been underperforming in his second year with the London Knights. This year he has posted 16 points in 48 games, two of them were goals. Standing tall at 6’7” and weighing in at 218 lbs, is the Millersville native underperforming with the London Knights?
In a nutshell, no! He has been solid on the blue line for the London Knights this year – not so much offensively – but that is clearly not his role on this team. Tinordi is the Captain of the London Knights and a very fitting one. There is no sizzle to his game, you know exactly what you’re going to get from him every game and that is a big (and I mean big) defenceman who will shut down the opponents’ offensive threats by getting in the passing lane and push the opposition forward to the boards to make a physical play on them, and he won’t make many mistakes.
Tinordi has cut his penalty minutes down significantly; last season in 63 games he put up 140 minutes in the penalty box, and this year in 48 games he put up only 63 penalty minutes. Not only does this show that he is maturing as a hockey player, it also shows he is getting better: his skating skill has picked up over the last year and what has helped him cut down the penalty minutes is keeping up with his opposition.
This season he has been playing under the radar and that is not necessarily a bad thing. He has been so quiet because of all the other attention and stories other media has been following: Michael Houser setting franchise records, Seth Griffith posting numbers no one saw coming (including myself), huge moves at the deadline, Scott Harrington at the World Juniors and Dale Hunter going back to the NHL and Washington to coach the Capitals. Yes, with all these other newsworthy stories, it makes sense why we haven’t heard much about Tinordi, the Montreal Canadians prospect, who is leading the league in plus/minus with a 39 rating.
With the second round of playoffs coming up and more hard times for the London Knight, those who are inexperienced junior players will be looking for a good example to follow. That player is Tinordi. Tinordi is not much of a talker, although he is well-spoken; he goes by the motto “Talk is cheap” and stands up for his teammates through any situation and any time of game.
Tinordi is a class act, London fans; enjoy his last year in a Knights uniform, appreciate his play, watch him do all the little things right. I compare Tinordi’s leadership skill to a former Knights Captain, Danny Syvret. If you remember him, you will remember his last game as a London Knight, beating the Rimouski Oceanic in the Memorial Cup finals in 2005.