Sunday, 14 September 2014

VIC 3 - KEL 2 (Exhibition)

The Victoria Royals (2-3-2-0) wrapped up the preseason on high note with a 3-2 win over the Rockets in Kelowna (2-4) Saturday night.

The Royals overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a 3 goal, 2nd period, including a pair of power play goals.

Despite getting down by a couple, we found a way.” – said Head coach Dave Lowry, “I really like the way that we were able to get our game back in and really start to compete…”

Coleman Vollrath earned the victory with 21 saves while his counterpart, rookie Jake Morrisey allowed 3 of 19 shots in the loss.

The Royals got back in the win column after being shut out at home by the Giants Thursday night.

“I thought we responded a lot better than we did on Thursday and that’s something that we talked about, regardless of our line up…”

The Rockets dressed a more veteran line up including three 20 year olds, while the Royals were missing all their overagers to NHL Camps, 6 in total.  They dressed 12 regulars and 7 newcomers.

Victoria got goals from 16 year olds Jared Dmytriw and Matthew Campese, while 17 year old Tyler Soy picked up a goal and assist including the winner.

“It was unlucky to get those two goals against us right away, but we’re a tough team, we battled back and got better as the game went along.” said Soy

17 year old Forward Regan Nagy dropped the mitts with Kelowna defenseman Jesse Lees in a spirited affair.

“Not bad for the first one (fight) of the year…” grinned Nagy who looks to crack the roster this season as a strong two-way player.

“I just try to come to the rink and work my hardest, even for practice…and try to prove that I’m ready for the league and can handle myself out there.”

The animosity has definitely picked up between the two clubs.

We know that every time we play them, we have to be emotionally dialed in, and we have to be ready to compete.” Said Lowry “…Kelowna is team that we want to get to where they are.  They were the top team, not only in our league, but in our country for a good portion of last season.

Victoria picked up wins in two of their final three exhibition games ending with a record of 2-3-2-0.

“We ended on a strong note,” said Soy, “…Which is good for us going into (next weekend)…hopefully we can roll this into the regular season.” 

Victoria opens their 4th campaign on the road this Friday in Kamloops and Saturday in Vancouver, with their first home game Friday Sept. 26th against the Blazers.

We’ve got a lot of work to do…” said Lowry about what lies ahead this week.

“We’re going to prepare like this line up tonight, is the line up that we’ll start next weekend with, and we better be sure we’re all dialed in and we all understand what are roles and responsibilities will be.”

- Marlon Martens

Victoria, Vollrath 1-1-1-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Kelowna, Morrissey 0-2-0-0 (19 shots-16 saves).

Victoria Royals 3 at Kelowna Rockets 2 - Status: Final
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 0 3 0 - 3
Kelowna 2 0 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Schmidli 1 (Merkley, Johansen), 0:32.
2, Kelowna, Heffley 3 (Lees, Chizen), 2:18.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (charging), 2:26; Chizen Kel (hooking), 6:31; Kohlhauser Vic (elbowing), 15:14.

2nd Period-
3, Victoria, Dmytriw 3 (Fushimi), 4:09.
4, Victoria, Campese 2 (Soy, Reddekopp), 12:41 (PP).
5, Victoria, Soy 2 (Hannoun), 19:04 (PP).

Penalties-Campese Vic (hooking), 0:55; Lees Kel (interference), 12:17; Merkley Kel (cross checking), 12:54; Martin Kel (holding), 18:04.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (elbowing), 0:26; Merkley Kel (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:26; Nagy Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 6:26; Lees Kel (slashing, major-fighting, game misconduct), 6:26; Reddekopp Vic (elbowing), 15:11; Crunk Vic (cross checking), 19:34.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 4-9-6-19.
Kelowna 6-9-8-23.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Kelowna 0 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 1-1-1-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Kelowna, Morrissey 0-2-0-0 (19 shots-16 saves).

A-2,808
Referees-Kyle Kowalski (15), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Dave McMahon, Ward Pateman (124).

ROYALS DOWN ROCKETS
Victoria rallies from two goals behind in 3-2 win over Kelowna.

For Immediate Release
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kelowna, BC- The Victoria Royals erased a two goal deficit to edge the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 on Saturday night at Prospera Place in the teams’ final game of the 2014 WHL Pre-Season.

Victoria once again dressed a mix of regulars (12) and rookies (7) in their line-up. Veteran goaltender Coleman Vollrath made his second consecutive start of the pre-season for the Royals, while the Rockets started Jake Morrissey in net.

The Rockets led 2-0 thru one period of play on goals by winger’s Kris Schmidli and Colton Heffley. Kelowna would hold the lead until Victoria found the back of the net three times in the middle frame to round out the scoring.  Tyler Soy scored the winning goal, with the other markers coming from rookies’ Jared Dmytriw and Matthew Campese.

Royals’ netminder Vollrath stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced for the win. Goaltender Morrissey turned away 16 of 19 shots for the Rockets.

Victoria went 2/5=40.0%, with the extra attacker while Kelowna went 0/5=0.0%

Victoria scratched 20-year-olds Travis Brown, Brandon Magee, and Austin Carroll along with regulars Keegan Kanzig, Joe Hicketts and Axel Blomqvist who were all away attending NHL Rookie camps.

The Royals open the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season on the road with contest’s vs. the Kamloops Blazers on Friday September 19th and the Vancouver Giants on Saturday September 20th. Puck drop for both games is at 7:00 p.m.

The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889.

Friday, 12 September 2014

6 Royals To NHL Rookie Camps (detailed)

ROYALS SEND SIX PLAYERS TO NHL ROOKIE CAMPS
Victoria’s Blomqvist, Brown, Carroll, Hicketts, Kanzig, and Magee all off to pursue NHL dreams.

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 12, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals Hockey Club today announced that forwards Axel Blomqvist, Austin Carroll, and Brandon Magee as well as defenceman Travis Brown, Joe Hicketts, and Keegan Kanzig will all attend National Hockey League (NHL) rookie camps this week.

Axel Blomqvist
Blomqvist will skate for the Winnipeg Jets in the 2014 Young Stars Classic from September 12th – 15th as part of the club’s rookie camp. The annual Young Stars Classic is a round-robin tournament held in Penticton, BC that features prospects from the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.

The 6-6, 212 lb winger participated in the Jets’ 2014 Development Camp earlier this summer after signing with the team as a free agent in September, 2013. Blomqvist who joined the Royals in November of 2013 has skated in 46 games for Victoria and has tallied 43 points (16g-27a) as well as 14 penalty minutes. The native of Osby, Sweden has collected one assist and six minutes in penalties in nine playoff games with the Royals.

Travis Brown
Brown will attend the Ottawa Senators’ rookie camp as an invitee. The camp will begin on September 12th at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata, Ontario, before heading to London, Ontario for a four-team round-robin tournament from Sept 13th-15th.

The Winnipeg, MB native was selected in the fifth round, 149th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Draft. Brown was acquired by the Royals in January of this year and registered 15 points (5g-10a) and 24 minutes in penalties in 28 games for Victoria. In nine post-season contests for the Royals, the 6-2, 193 lb defender recorded two goals and five assists.

Austin Carroll
Carroll will compete for the Calgary Flames in the Young Stars Classic at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, B.C. The camp will wrap on September 15th when Calgary takes on the Vancouver Canucks’ prospects.

The 6-3, 214 lb winger participated in the Flames’ 2014 Development Camp earlier this summer. Over the past three seasons with the Royals, Carroll has appeared in 199 regular season games and has posted 119 points (57g-62a) to go along with 346 penalty minutes. In 17 career playoff games with Victoria, the Scottsdale, AZ native has notched 12 points (8g-4a) and 24 minutes in penalties.

Joe Hicketts
Hicketts will attend the 2014 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, MI as an invitee for the Detroit Red Wings. The tournament is held from September 12th-16th and will feature top prospects from the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.

Earlier this summer, the native of Kamloops, B.C. took part in the Red Wings’ 2014 Development Camp. The 5-8, 186 lb defenceman has played in 104 games for Victoria, recording 48 points (12g-36a) and 57 minutes in penalties. Hicketts has collected three assists in 15 post-season contests with the Royals.

Keegan Kanzig
Kanzig will skate for the Calgary Flames in the 2014 Young Stars Classic from September 12th – 15th as part of the club’s rookie camp.

The Athabasca, AB native heads to Penticton after he was selected in the third round, 67th overall, by the Flames in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 6-6, 242 lb rearguard has spent three seasons with Victoria for a total of 196 games with three goals, 14 assists and 324 penalty minutes. Kanzig has also played in 17 post-season games where he has put up one goal and one assist to go with 18 minutes in penalties.

Brandon Magee
Magee will also compete for the Calgary Flames in the 2014 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, but as an invitee. Calgary’s first game of the tournament is today, September 12th at 4:00 p.m.
The 5-8, 185 lb forward has skated in 268 contests for the Royals/Bruins over the past five seasons and has put up 203 points (90g-113a) and 255 penalty minutes over that span. In 17 WHL post-season games, the Edmonton, AB native has registered 14 points (4g-10a) and 34 penalty minutes.


The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889. -30-

Season Ticket Pick Up Night - Team Introduction

ROYALS ANNOUNCE 2014 SEASON TICKET HOLDER PICK-UP NIGHT DETAILS
Season ticket booklets available next Tuesday!

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 12, 2014

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals today announced details for their annual Season Ticket Holder Pick-Up Night, taking place on Tuesday, September 16th between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

The front entrance (Gate 1) of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will open at 6:00 p.m. for season ticket holders to claim their ticket booklets for the 2014-15 Western Hockey League (WHL) season.

There will be complimentary appetizers and beverages at the event while the Victoria Royals’ team bus will be on-site for fans hoping to get a glimpse at how the team travels. Season ticket holders will also receive their 2014-15 season ticket King Cards along with their ticket booklets. This season the King Card features many different businesses, such as Popeye’s Supplements, Steve Nash Fitness and the Keg Steakhouse and Bar, offering discounts that are exclusive to Victoria Royals season ticket holders.  

Following the food and drink, season ticket holders will be introduced to the 2014-15 edition of the Victoria Royals! Marlon Martens, the voice of the Victoria Royals for The Zone @ 91.3, will introduce this year’s squad while Cliff Lequesne from the morning show of 100.3 The Q!, as well as the Royals’ public address announcer, will be the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. General Manager Cameron Hope and Head Coach Dave Lowry will also address season ticket holders in advance of the 2014-15 WHL season.

Players will be available for autographs and pictures following the team’s introduction and Marty the Marmot will be on hand to pass out autograph cards.

Season ticket holders who are unable to attend the Tuesday September 16th event are able to begin picking up their booklets from the Select Your Tickets box office on the morning of Wednesday September 17th. Box office hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Those that cannot make it down to Select Your Tickets and would like to make other arrangements for booklet pick-up are encouraged to contact the Victoria Royals’ ticketing office by calling 250-220-7889 or emailing tickets@victoriaroyals.com.


The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

VAN 3 - VIC 0 (Exhibition)

The visiting Vancouver Giants shut out the Victoria Royals 3-0 Thursday night in preseason action.

The Giants scored once each period while outshooting the Royals 29-17.

“I don’t think we worked nearly hard enough tonight, I don’t think we worked nearly smart enough…” said head coach Dave Lowry,

“In saying that, it’s a young group.  It’s all about learning - and we won’t make that mistake again.”

Victoria was unable to convert on 6 power play chances while Vancouver went 1 for 3.

Ryan Kubic earned the shutout for the Giants including stoning Tyler Soy on a breakaway.  The G-men got goals from Thomas Foster, Jakob Stukel, and Joel Hamilton.

The Royals have 6 player away at NHL camps.

Brandon Magee, Austin Carroll (drafted) and Keegan Kanzig (signed) are off to Penticton for the Young Stars Classic on behalf of Calgary, with Axel Blomqvist (signed) for Winnipeg.  Travis Brown to Ottawa’s Rookie Tournament in London, and Joe Hicketts to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament on behalf of Detroit.

Victoria concludes the preseason Saturday night in Kelowna, and open the regular season on the road in Kamloops Sept. 19th.  Single game tickets for the regular season go on sale Friday (12th) at 9:30 a.m.

-Marlon Martens

Vancouver Giants 3 at Victoria Royals 0 - Status: Final
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Vancouver 1 1 1 - 3
Victoria 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period-
1, Vancouver, Foster 3 (Osipov), 5:29 (PP).

Penalties-Walford Vic (high sticking), 4:16; Brumm Van (tripping), 8:00; Sward Van (slashing), 9:02; Kohlhauser Vic (tripping), 17:08.

2nd Period-
2, Vancouver, Stukel 2 (Bobylev), 16:39.

Penalties-Osipov Van (roughing, roughing), 8:18; Ferletak Vic (major-inter. on goaltender, game misconduct), 8:18.

3rd Period-
3, Vancouver, Hamilton 1 (Popoff, Geertsen), 3:13.

Penalties-Geertsen Van (roughing), 3:13; Crunk Vic (roughing), 3:13; Sward Van (slashing), 3:34; Reddekopp Vic (10-minute misconduct), 4:55; Atwal Van (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 9:22; Bobylev Van (roughing), 9:22; Fushimi Vic (10-minute misconduct), 9:22; Hannoun Vic (roughing), 9:22; Geertsen Van (interference), 14:26; Benson Van (cross checking), 18:55.

Shots on Goal-
Vancouver 12-9-8-29.
Victoria 3-5-9-17.

Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 1 / 3;
Victoria 0 / 6.

Goalies-
Vancouver, Kubic 1-0-0-1 (17 shots-17 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 0-1-1-0 (29 shots-26 saves).

A-1,339
Referees-Sean Raphael (28), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff MacAdams.

ROYALS BLANKED BY GIANTS
Victoria drops 3-0 decision to Vancouver.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals dropped a 3-0 result to the Vancouver Giants on Thursday evening at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The game marked the lone WHL Pre-Season contest at home for the Royals.

Victoria went with a mixture of 11 regulars and eight rookies in their lineup. Veteran goaltender Coleman Vollrath made his second start of the pre-season for Victoria, while the Giants countered with Ryan Kubic between the pipes.

Victoria scratched 20-year-olds Travis Brown, Brandon Magee, and Austin Carroll along with regulars Keegan Kanzig, Joe Hicketts and Axel Blomqvist who were all away attending NHL Rookie camps.

Vancouver opened the scoring in the first period with a power play marker from center Thomas Foster. The Giants extended their lead in the middle frame on a goal from Jakob Stukel. Forward Joel Hamilton tallied the final goal for Vancouver in the third period.

Vollrath went the distance for the Royals turning away 26 of 29 shots. Giants’ netminder Kubic stopped all 17 shots he faced for the shutout.

Victoria went 0/5=0.0% on the power play, while Vancouver went 1/3=33.3%.

The Royals now travel to Kelowna to conclude their pre-season schedule with a contest against the Rockets on Saturday, September 13th at Prospera Place. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m.


Single game tickets for the 2014-15 season go on sale tomorrow, September 12th at 9:30 a.m.! Call 250-220-7889, visit www.victoriaroyals.com, or head down to the Victoria Royals ticketing office at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre to pick up your seats and guarantee your spot at the September 26th vs. the Kamloops Blazers.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Royals Entertain Giants & Ticket Sale Dates

The Zone @ 91-3 is proud to partner with the Victoria Royals to present their Pre-Season Exhibition gameon Thursday, September 11 at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre; puck drops at 5:05pm.
Admission to the game is a $5 donation to The Zone's TLC Fund for Kids! 

You can also download a printable coupon here for that will enable you to get a hotdog, popcorn or popfor just $1.00!
Don't forget to listen to the Victoria Royals Regular Season Play-by-Play with Marlon Martens live onThe Zone, brought to you by Save on Foods
ROYALS ANNOUNCE 2014-15 TICKET ON-SALE DATES
Home Opener tickets go on sale September 12th with pre-buy options available.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals today announced that single-game tickets to the team’s 2014 Home Opener vs. the Kamloops Blazers on Friday September 26th will be available for purchase on Friday September 12th at 9:30 a.m. through the Select Your Tickets Box Office.

Fans in attendance at Thursday night’s exhibition game vs. the Vancouver Giants will have the opportunity to beat the box office and purchase their tickets to any of the Royals’ 2014-15 Western Hockey League (WHL) regular season home games. 

The 36 game home schedule consists of many fan favorite nights including: the home opener on Sept 26th, Country Night Oct 4th, Pink in the Rink on October 25th, Canadian Forces Appreciation Night on November 22nd, Teddy Bear Toss Night on December 12th, and Fan Appreciation Night on March 20th. There are also 4 matinee games on the schedule, including a new promotion: “Hockey Hooky Day” a 12 p.m. start on Tuesday, February 17th

Tickets start at just $12 and include discounts for seniors, students and children in most price-levels. Fans will have three options to purchase single game tickets; in-person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office by way of a random line policy, online at www.selectyourtickets.com or by phone at 250-220-7777.


The Royals continue their pre-season schedule with a home match-up against the Vancouver Giants tomorrow, September 11th. Puck drop is at 5:05 p.m. at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, with tickets costing $5 and partial proceeds going to charity. Tickets can be ordered at www.victoriaroyals.com, by calling 250-220-7777 or at the box-office. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

6 Royals To NHL Rookie Tournaments

Six Victoria Royals are heading out to NHL Rookie Tournaments this week.

Brandon Magee, Austin Carroll (drafted) and Keegan Kanzig (signed) are off to Penticton for the Young Stars Classic on behalf of Calgary, with Axel Blomqvist (signed) for Winnipeg.  Travis Brown to Ottawa’s Rookie Tournament in London, and Joe Hicketts to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament on behalf of Detroit.

Audio from Kanzig, Carroll and Brown:
Kanzig 6'6 245 lbs







Travis Brown.  Credit: Kevinlight



Monday, 8 September 2014

Tyler Soy: Golden Summer

Forward Tyler Soy, returns for his second season with the Royals coming off a Gold Medal win for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

Birthyear:1997-02-10Birthplace:Richmond, BC, CAN 
Age:17Nation:Canada
Position:CShoots:L
Height:183 cm / 6'0"Weight:77 kg / 170 lbs
Youth Team:Cloverdale MHA
Soy notched 15 goals and 15 assists last season, helping him earn the club's Rookie of The Year award.

Soy was the Royals 8th overall selection in the 2012 Bantam Draft.

I spoke with him at camp about the Gold Medal win and his summer.


SeasonAwards by season
2011-201249th Annual International Bantam Christmas Tournament Champion
49th Annual International Bantam Christmas Tournament Second All-Star Team
Dallas Saunders International Bantam AAA Tournament Champion (5GP 7G 14A 21Pts)
John Reid Memorial Tournament Champion (6GP 9G 11A 20Pts)
John Reid Memorial Tournament Top Forward
John Reid Memorial Tournament Tournament MVP
2014-2015Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
 Awards by league
49th Annual International Bantam Christmas Tournament Champion 11/12
49th Annual International Bantam Christmas Tournament Second All-Star Team 11/12
Dallas Saunders International Bantam AAA Tournament Champion 11/12
Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal 14/15
John Reid Memorial Tournament Champion 11/12
John Reid Memorial Tournament Top Forward 11/12
John Reid Memorial Tournament Tournament MVP 11/12
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