|City||Victoria, British Columbia|
|League||Western Hockey League|
|Home arena||Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre|
|General manager||Cam Hope|
|Head coach||Dave Lowry|
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
Victoria was left without a WHL team when the Cougars franchise relocated to Prince George in 1994. 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.
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. On April 20, 2011, the league announced the approval of both the sale, and the relocation of the Bruins to Victoria.
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. 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.
Updated January 24, 2015
|6||Brown, TravisTravis Brown||D||L||21||2014||Winnipeg, Manitoba||2012, 149th Overall, CHI|
|21||Carroll, AustinAustin Carroll (A)||LW||R||21||2011||Scottsdale, Arizona||2014, 184th Overall, CGY|
|15||Chase, GregGreg Chase||C||R||20||2014||Sherwood Park, Alberta||2013, 188th Overall, EDM|
|22||Crunk, TaylorTaylor Crunk||LW||L||20||2011||San Jacinto, California||Eligible 2015|
|27||Dmytriw, JaredJared Dmytriw||RW||R||16||2013||Craven, Saskatchewan||Eligible 2016|
|20||Fisher, LoganLogan Fisher (A)||C||L||20||2012||Red Deer, Alberta||Eligible 2015|
|16||Forsberg, AlexAlex Forsberg||C||L||20||2015||Waldheim, Saskatchewan||Eligible 2015|
|25||Fushimi, BrandonBrandon Fushimi||RW||R||19||2012||Thornton, Colorado||Eligible 2015|
|3||Gagnon, RyanRyan Gagnon||D||R||19||2011||Quesnel, British Columbia||Eligible 2015|
|19||Hannoun, DanteDante Hannoun||C||R||16||2013||Delta, British Columbia||Eligible 2016|
|2||Hicketts, JoeJoe Hicketts (C)||D||L||19||2011||Kamloops, British Columbia||Undrafted FA, DET|
|28||Ibragimov, MarselMarsel Ibragimov||D||R||17||2014||Kazan, Russia||Eligible 2015|
|4||Jarratt, RalphRalph Jarratt||D||L||17||2013||Fort St. John, British Columbia||Eligible 2016|
|18||Magee, BrandonBrandon Magee (A)||RW||R||21||2011||Edmonton, Alberta||Undrafted FA|
|24||Nagy, ReganRegan Nagy||RW||R||17||2012||Ogema, Saskatchewan||Eligible 2015|
|14||Palmer, JackJack Palmer||LW||L||19||2013||Victoria, British Columbia||Eligible 2015|
|1||Paulic, JustinJustin Paulic||G||L||19||2015||Thompson, Manitoba||Eligible 2015|
|11||Phillips, MatthewMatthew Phillips||C||R||17||2013||Calgary, Alberta||Eligible 2016|
|29||Reddekopp, ChazChaz Reddekopp||D||L||18||2012||West Kelowna, British Columbia||Eligible 2015|
|8||Sayers, BrytonBryton Sayers||D||R||19||2015||Prince Albert, Saskatchewan||Eligible 2015|
|17||Soy, TylerTyler Soy||C||L||18||2012||Cloverdale, British Columbia||Eligible 2015|
|34||Sleptsov, AlexeyAlexey Sleptsov||D||R||19||2015||Moscow, Russia||Eligible 2015|
|35||Vollrath, ColemanColeman Vollrath||G||L||20||2011||Calgary, Alberta||Eligible 2015|
|9||Walker, JackJack Walker||D||L||18||2012||Edina, Minnesota||Eligible 2015|
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|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)
Note: The following club records do not include statistics from the Chilliwack Bruins.
- Most goals, 38, Austin Carroll, 2014–15
- Most assists, 52, Joe Hicketts, 2014–15
- Most points, 77, Austin Carroll, 2014–15
- Most penalty minutes: 159, Keegan Kanzig, 2012–13
- Best goals against average, 2.29, Coleman Vollrath, 2013–14
- Most shutouts, 6, Coleman Vollrath, 2014–15
- Most games played, goaltender: 58, Keith Hamilton, 2011–12
- Most saves, goaltender: 1,571, Keith Hamilton, 2011–12
- 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
Awards and honours
Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
WHL Coach of the Year
Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
WHL Executive of the Year
- Cam Hope: 2013–14
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- "Victoria Royals 2014-15 Regular Season". Retrieved January 24, 2015.
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- Victoria Royals Official Web Site
- Island Royalty: Information, News, and Statistics on the Victoria Royals