Victoria Royals

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Victoria Royals
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City Victoria, British Columbia
League Western Hockey League
Conference Western
Division B.C.
Founded 2006
Home arena Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Colours

Royal blue, Silver, White, Black

                   
General manager Cam Hope
Head coach Dave Lowry

Website
http://www.victoriaroyals.com
Franchise history
2006–11 Chilliwack Bruins
2011–present Victoria Royals

The Victoria Royals are a major junior hockey team representing Victoria, British Columbia, in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The team began play in the 2011–12 season, after the league announced the relocation of the Chilliwack Bruins to the British Columbia capital. It marked the return of the WHL to Vancouver Island, 17 years after the departure of the Victoria Cougars. The Royals play their games at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, and are members of the B.C. Division of the Western Conference.

Relocation and inaugural season in Victoria[edit]

Victoria was left without a WHL team when the Cougars franchise relocated to Prince George in 1994.[1] The city acquired a professional ECHL team in the Victoria Salmon Kings in 2004 when the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was opened, but the city had made inquiries about returning the WHL to Vancouver Island in the past.[1]

While two minority owners of the Chilliwack Bruins hoped to purchase the team and keep it in Chilliwack following the 2010–11 WHL season, they were outvoted by the remaining partners who opted to sell the team to a group planning to relocate the franchise.[2] On April 20, 2011, the league announced the approval of both the sale, and the relocation of the Bruins to Victoria.[3]

The relocation was brought about partially by the WHL's desire to protect the Victoria market, as the league feared that a potential summer relocation of the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg could result in the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose moving to Victoria.[4] The Moose ultimately moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (where they are now known as the IceCaps) when the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg to become the second incarnation of the Jets.

The Royals played their first game, a 5-2 loss against the Vancouver Giants in Vancouver on September 23, 2011. They won their first game in franchise history on September 24, 2011, defeating the Giants 5-3, in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,006 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

On March 16, 2012, the Royals defeated the Portland Winterhawks 3-1, thus clinching their first ever playoff berth and the first in Victoria since 1989. The first ever playoff goal was scored by Robin Soudek, while Jamie Crooks recorded the first playoff hat trick in Royals history in Game 3. In spite of this, the Royals were swept in the first round by the Kamloops Blazers.

On June 22, 2012, Marc Habscheid, the first coach and GM of the Royals, left both positions to take an executive position with GSL Holdings Ltd., the parent company of the Royals ownership group. The Royals named Cam Hope, formerly an assistant GM of the New York Rangers, as their new GM on July 6.

On July 19, 2012, the Royals named Dave Lowry the head coach for the 2012-13 season[5]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 24, 2015[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
6 Canada Brown, TravisTravis Brown D L 21 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba 2012, 149th Overall, CHI
21 United States Carroll, AustinAustin Carroll (A) LW R 21 2011 Scottsdale, Arizona 2014, 184th Overall, CGY
15 Canada Chase, GregGreg Chase C R 20 2014 Sherwood Park, Alberta 2013, 188th Overall, EDM
22 United States Crunk, TaylorTaylor Crunk LW L 20 2011 San Jacinto, California Eligible 2015
27 Canada Dmytriw, JaredJared Dmytriw RW R 16 2013 Craven, Saskatchewan Eligible 2016
20 Canada Fisher, LoganLogan Fisher (A) C L 20 2012 Red Deer, Alberta Eligible 2015
16 Canada Forsberg, AlexAlex Forsberg C L 20 2015 Waldheim, Saskatchewan Eligible 2015
25 United States Fushimi, BrandonBrandon Fushimi RW R 19 2012 Thornton, Colorado Eligible 2015
3 Canada Gagnon, RyanRyan Gagnon D R 19 2011 Quesnel, British Columbia Eligible 2015
19 Canada Hannoun, DanteDante Hannoun C R 16 2013 Delta, British Columbia Eligible 2016
2 Canada Hicketts, JoeJoe Hicketts (C) D L 19 2011 Kamloops, British Columbia Undrafted FA, DET
28 Russia Ibragimov, MarselMarsel Ibragimov D R 17 2014 Kazan, Russia Eligible 2015
4 Canada Jarratt, RalphRalph Jarratt D L 17 2013 Fort St. John, British Columbia Eligible 2016
18 Canada Magee, BrandonBrandon Magee (A) RW R 21 2011 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted FA
24 Canada Nagy, ReganRegan Nagy RW R 17 2012 Ogema, Saskatchewan Eligible 2015
14 Canada Palmer, JackJack Palmer LW L 19 2013 Victoria, British Columbia Eligible 2015
1 Canada Paulic, JustinJustin Paulic G L 19 2015 Thompson, Manitoba Eligible 2015
11 Canada Phillips, MatthewMatthew Phillips C R 17 2013 Calgary, Alberta Eligible 2016
29 Canada Reddekopp, ChazChaz Reddekopp D L 18 2012 West Kelowna, British Columbia Eligible 2015
8 Canada Sayers, BrytonBryton Sayers D R 19 2015 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Eligible 2015
17 Canada Soy, TylerTyler Soy C L 18 2012 Cloverdale, British Columbia Eligible 2015
34 Russia Sleptsov, AlexeyAlexey Sleptsov D R 19 2015 Moscow, Russia Eligible 2015
35 Canada Vollrath, ColemanColeman Vollrath G L 20 2011 Calgary, Alberta Eligible 2015
9 United States Walker, JackJack Walker D L 18 2012 Edina, Minnesota Eligible 2015

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2011–12 72 24 41 3 4 233 325 55 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final (0–4, KAM)
2012–13 72 35 30 2 5 223 252 77 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final (2–4, KAM)
2013–14 72 48 20 1 3 238 181 100 2nd B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–0, SPO)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (1–4, POR)
2014–15 72 39 29 3 1 244 219 82 2nd B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–1, PRG)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (1–4, KEL)

Club records[edit]

Note: The following club records do not include statistics from the Chilliwack Bruins.

Season[edit]

Individual

Team

Career[edit]

  • Most goals: 101, Brandon Magee, 2011–15
  • Most assists: 134, Brandon Magee, 2011–15
  • Most points: 235, Brandon Magee, 2011–15
  • Most penalty minutes: 470, Austin Carroll, 2011–15
  • Most games played, individual: 268, Brandon Magee, 2011–15
  • Best goals against average: 2.88, Coleman Vollrath, 2012–15
  • Most shutouts: 7, Patrik Polivka, 2012–14 and Coleman Vollrath, 2012–15
  • Most games played, goaltender: 114, Coleman Vollrath, 2012–15
  • Most saves, goaltender: 2,885, Coleman Vollrath, 2012–15[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
WHL Coach of the Year

Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
WHL Executive of the Year

WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Epp, Sharie (2011-04-01). "Western Hockey League's Bruins moving to Victoria: report". Victoria Times-Colonist. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  2. ^ Olsen, Tyler (2011-04-01). "Keith confirms Bruins have been sold, confidentiality agreements now in place". Chlliwack Times. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ Olsen, Tyler (2011-04-20). "WHL's Chilliwack Bruins are no more, moving to Victoria". Chilliwack Times. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  4. ^ Maki, Allan (2011-04-20). "Phoenix failure felt as far away as Victoria". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  5. ^ http://www.victoriaroyals.com/article/royals-announce-dave-lowry-as-head-coach
  6. ^ "Victoria Royals 2014-15 Regular Season". Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Victoria Royals all-time player roster". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 

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