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 Canada Cam Hope
Head coach Canada 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]

Number Player Position Birth year Hometown NHL team
2 Joe Hicketts D 1996 Kamloops, British Columbia Canada Eligible 2014
3 Ryan Gagnon D 1996 Quesnel, British Columbia Canada Eligible 2014
4 Jordan Fransoo D 1993 North Battleford, Saskatchewan Canada OTT 2011
5 Keegan Kanzig D 1995 Athabasca, Alberta Canada CGY 2013
6 Travis Brown D 1994 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada CHI 2012
8 Mitch Skapski LW 1996 Abbotsford, British Columbia Canada Eligible 2014
10 Ben Walker RW 1993 Edina, Minnesota United States Undrafted 2011
11 Steven Hodges C 1994 Delta, British Columbia Canada FLA 2012
14 Jack Walker D 1996 Edina, Minnesota United States Eligible 2014
16 Jack Palmer RW 1995 Victoria, British Columbia Canada Eligible 2014
17 Tyler Soy C 1997 Surrey, British Columbia Canada Eligible 2015
18 Brandon Magee C 1994 Edmonton, Alberta Canada Undrafted 2012
19 Logan Nelson C 1994 Rogers, Minnesota United States BUF 2012
20 Logan Fisher C 1995 Red Deer, Alberta Canada Eligible 2013
21 Austin Carroll RW 1994 Scottsdale, Arizona United States Undrafted 2012
22 Taylor Crunk LW 1995 San Jacinto, California United States Eligible 2013
23 Axel Blomqvist RW 1995 Osby, Sweden Sweden WPG 2013
25 Brandon Fushimi RW 1996 Thornton, Colorado United States Eligible 2014
27 Brett Cote D 1994 Oakbank, Manitoba Canada Undrafted 2012
28 Braden Oleksyn LW 1996 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada Eligible 2014
29 Chaz Reddekopp D 1997 West Kelowna, British Columbia Canada Eligible 2015
33 Patrik Polivka G 1994 Plzen, Czech Republic Czech Republic Undrafted 2012
35 Coleman Vollrath G 1995 Calgary, Alberta Canada Eligible 2013

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. Season in progress

Team records[edit]

Team Records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 100 2013–14
Most wins 48 2013–14
Most goals for 238 2013–14
Least points 55 2011–12
Least wins 24 2011–12
Least goals for 223 2012–13
Least goals against 181 2013–14
Most goals against 325 2011–12
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Jamie Crooks 37 2011-12
Most assists Alex Gogolev 45 2012-13
Most points (tie) Jamie Crooks, Brandon Magee 67 2011-12/2013-14
Most points, rookie Logan Nelson 62 2011-12
Most points, defenceman Travis Brown 53 2013-14*
Best GAA (goalie) Coleman Vollrath 2.29 2013-14
Best SV% (goalie) Coleman Vollrath .928 2013-14
Most wins (goalie) Patrik Polivka 28 2013-14
Most shutouts (goalie) Patrik Polivka 5 2013-14
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played
  • Acquired from Moose Jaw Warriors midseason; 15 points in 28 GP with Royals.

Transactions[edit]

  • Kevin Sundher traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings for Defenseman Jordan Fransoo, Forward Dakota Conroy, and a 1st round 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Pick. - January 9, 2012
  • Mitch Topping traded to the Tri-City Americans for Forward Justin Spagrud, and a 2nd round 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Pick. - August 5, 2011
  • A 3rd round 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Pick, 4th round 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Pick, and a 8th round 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Pick traded to the Portland Winter Hawks for Goaltender Keith Hamilton. - June 2, 2012
  • F Justin Spagrud and a conditional draft pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for the rights of F Evan Richardson. - September 5, 2012
  • D Brodie Clowes to the Tri-City Americans in exchange for a 2014 5th Round Pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. - September 12, 2012
  • D Kade Pilton to the Regina Pats in exchange for rights to F Demico Hannoun and a conditional draft pick. - September 13, 2012
  • F Zane Jones and a conditional 6th round draft pick to the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for F Alex Gogolev and a conditional 4th round draft pick. - September 15, 2012.

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

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