The Canadiens thought enough of defenceman Jarred Tinordi that they traded up for him at the June amateur draft. They weren’t the first to pursue Tinordi.

The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League have been after him to sign with them since they took him 73rd overall in the league’s 2008 midget draft.

The Knights have revealed he that he has now decided to forego a scholarship offer from the University of Notre Dame to play for them this year.

Since Tinordi was draft by the Knights he’s grown two inches to his present 6’6” and gained 30 pounds. He’s now listed at 205. Factoring into his decision is the fact that he will now be able to attend the Canadiens training camp something forbidden under NCAA rules.

Former Canadien Mark Hunter, a co-owner of the Knights (with brother Dale) played with Tinordi’s father Mark for four and a half years with the Washington Capitals. Tinordi was captain of the U.S. Under-18 team last year.

From today’s London Free Press