|(above) Dakota Mermis with London Knights coach Dale Hunter|
Mermis was a 12th round pick of the London Knights in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Knights forward Alex Broadhurst played with Mermis on the Green Bay Gamblers last season.
Meanwhile his brother, Jarrod Mermis, spent much of the season suspended from the Pioneers linup, so that may of played a role in Dakota's departure.
Much of DU's troubles in December were due to lack of depth at forward. With three goaltenders and seven defensemen on scholarship, DU did not have the depth to withstand any injuries. When those injuries inevitably occurred on the frontline, DU went from a 9-1-0 start to a 0-5-3 tailspin.