Flyers to play at Labatt Centre once more

The Philadelphia Flyers will play their annual preseason game at their “home away from home” against the Detroit Red Wings at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

It will be the eighth straight season the Orange and Black have headed to one of Ontario’s minor-league bellwether towns to play an exhibition contest. London has long been home to the Knights, who play in the Ontario Hockey League, one of Canada’s major junior leagues.

“London truly is our home away from home. The fan support here in London for the Flyers is outstanding,” said Comcast president and chief operating officer Peter Luukko in a statement that accompanied the announcement.

“The John Labatt Centre is a fantastic hockey arena that our players enjoy visiting. To be playing the Detroit Red Wings here in London is a dream match-up for hockey fans in Southwestern Ontario and Eastern Michigan. It’s going to be a terrific night of hockey in the City of London.”