Victoria Royals

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Victoria Royals
City Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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 Dan Price
Captain Matthew Phillips
Franchise history
2006–2011 Chilliwack Bruins
2011–present Victoria Royals

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

Relocation and inaugural season in Victoria[edit]

Marc Habscheid, head coach of the Royals during their inaugural season.
Dave Lowry, Royals head coach from 2012–17.

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 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 WHL 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 (NHL)'s Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg could result in the American Hockey League (AHL)'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 head coach and general manager 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 general manager of the NHL's New York Rangers, as their new GM on July 6.

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

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated February 28, 2018[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
10 Canada Buziak, BraydonBraydon Buziak C L 20 2017 North Battleford, Saskatchewan Eligible 2018
8 Canada de Wit, JeffJeff de Wit Injured Reserve C R 20 2017 Red Deer, Alberta Eligible 2018
18 Canada Fizer, TarunTarun Fizer RW R 17 2016 Chestermere, Alberta Eligible 2019
27 Canada Freadrich, JaredJared Freadrich D R 20 2017 Camrose, Alberta Eligible 2018
22 Canada Gregor, NoahNoah Gregor C L 19 2017 Beaumont, Alberta 2016, 111th Overall, SJS
26 Russia Grishakov, AndreiAndrei Grishakov LW R 19 2018 Chelyabinsk, Russia Eligible 2018
19 Canada Hannoun, DanteDante Hannoun C R 19 2013 Delta, British Columbia Eligible 2018
4 Canada Jarratt, RalphRalph Jarratt (AInjured Reserve D L 20 2013 Fort St. John, British Columbia Eligible 2018
21 Canada Jensen, KadeKade Jensen D L 21 2017 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted FA
12 Canada Jerome, D-JayD-Jay Jerome RW R 18 2018 Lethbridge, Alberta Eligible 2018
25 United States Kambeitz, DinoDino Kambeitz C R 18 2015 Parker, Colorado Eligible 2018
16 Canada Kaspick, TannerTanner Kaspick C L 20 2018 Brandon, Manitoba 2016, 119th Overall, STL
15 Belarus Martynov, IgorIgor Martynov LW L 19 2017 Krasnoye, Belarus Eligible 2018
35 Canada McNabb, DeanDean McNabb G L 18 2015 Davidson, Saskatchewan Eligible 2018
34 Canada Oliver, KaidKaid Oliver LW L 18 2015 White Rock, British Columbia Eligible 2018
30 Canada Outhouse, GriffenGriffen Outhouse G L 20 2013 Williams Lake, British Columbia Eligible 2018
11 Canada Phillips, MatthewMatthew Phillips (C) C R 20 2013 Calgary, Alberta 2016, 166th Overall, CGY
5 Canada Prowse, MitchellMitchell Prowse D L 18 2015 Kelowna, British Columbia Eligible 2018
29 Canada Reddekopp, ChazChaz Reddekopp (AInjured Reserve D L 21 2012 West Kelowna, British Columbia 2015, 187th Overall, LAK
2 Canada Reinders, KadenKaden Reinders D L 16 2017 Manning, Alberta Eligible 2020
9 Canada Smith, MatthewMatthew Smith D L 18 2015 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2018
17 Canada Soy, TylerTyler Soy (A) C L 21 2012 Cloverdale, British Columbia 2016, 205th Overall, ANA
7 Canada Walford, ScottScott Walford D L 19 2014 Coquitlam, British Columbia 2017, 68th Overall, MTL
24 Canada Zablocki, LaneLane Zablocki RW R 19 2018 Wetaskiwin, Alberta 2017, 79th Overall, DET

Team captains[edit]

  • Hayden Rintoul, 2011–2012
  • Tyler Stahl, 2012–2013
  • Jordan Fransoo, 2013–2014
  • Joe Hicketts, 2014–2016
  • Ryan Gagnon, 2016–2017
  • Matthew Phillips, 2017–present

Head coaches[edit]

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)
2015–16 72 50 16 3 3 281 166 106 1st B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–2, SPO)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (3–4 KEL)
2016–17 72 37 29 5 1 239 219 80 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final (2–4, EVT)
2017–18 72 39 27 4 2 287 264 84 2nd B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–3, VAN)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (0–4, TRI)

NHL Draft Picks[edit]

The following is a list of players drafted from the Victoria Royals by NHL teams.

Note: The list does not include players drafted from the Chilliwack Bruins, or players acquired by the Royals that were already drafted while with a previous team. The list also does not include undrafted players who subsequently signed as free agents with NHL clubs.

NHL alumni[edit]

The following is a list of players from the Victoria Royals who have played in the NHL.

Club records[edit]

Note: The following club records do not include statistics from the Chilliwack Bruins and are complete through the end of the 2015–16 WHL season.





  • Most goals: 151, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Most assists: 176, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Most points: 327, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Most penalty minutes: 470, Austin Carroll, 2011–15
  • Most games played, skater: 323, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Best goals against average: 2.73, Coleman Vollrath, 2012–16
  • Most shutouts: 10, Griffen Outhouse, 2015–18
  • Most games played, goaltender: 165, Coleman Vollrath, 2012–16
  • Most saves, goaltender: 4,285, Griffen Outhouse, 2015–18[7]

Awards and honours[edit]


Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
WHL Regular Season Champion

St. Clair Group Trophy
WHL Marketing/Business Award

WHL Scholastic Team of the Year


Brad Hornung Trophy
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player

Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
WHL Coach of the Year

Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
WHL Rookie of the Year

Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
WHL Executive of the Year

WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team

WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team

See also[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. ^
  6. ^ "Victoria Royals 2017 - 18 Regular Season". Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Victoria Royals all-time player roster". Retrieved March 20, 2016. 

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