Monday, 14 July 2014

Royals Bid for 2016 Memorial Cup

The Victoria Royals have put forth their application to host the 2016 Memorial Cup.


“I think Victoria is a natural spot to have an event like the Memorial Cup”, said Royals GM Cam Hope.

“We’ve got a great arena, right downtown.  I think the team will be competitive for the 2015-16 season…so I thought we’d throw our hat in.”

It would be a first for the Capital to host the CHL Championship Tournament.

“We’ve got a terrific spot, great hockey community and a great arena.” Said Hope on what he feels favours the bid.

Victoria’s Save On Foods Memorial Center rink seating capacity holds 7,006.

The application is just the first of several stages, according to Hope.

“The league does a review of the franchise, the amenities, the City, the arenas, the airports…and also of our team, and whether they think it’s a Club that would be worthy of hosting the Cup.”

They join in along with Vancouver’s bid to host again (2007), while Red Deer has shown intent.  Alberta has not hosted the tournament since Calgary did in 1974.

“I think Victoria is an obvious choice to have the Memorial Cup in either 2016 or 2019.  Which one we really want to pitch hard for, will be probably be decided by who’s pitching this time.” Said Hope.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, July 15.

-Marlon Martens
 Royals Play By Play on The Zone @ 91.3 fm

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The Victoria Royals have submitted an initial expression of interest to host the 2016 Memorial Cup national major-junior championship by today’s deadline.

The Western Hockey League is up in 2016 in the three-league hosting rotation that includes the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior League.

“This is just the first step that starts the process. It’s a several-step procedure. There are a whole bunch of other steps to follow, and that’s when the process really starts,” said Royals GM Cam Hope.

“Victoria would be a great place to have it. This city seems to be made for hosting an event such as this.”

A more detailed proposal will be submitted by the bidding cities in September. A final decision is expected sometime in the fall.

The Vancouver Giants, who hosted the 2007 Memorial Cup, announced they will be bidding again for 2016. Red Deer is also expected to submit an expression of interest by today’s deadline.

Factors in Red Deer’s favour could include that it also bid for the 2013 Memorial Cup but lost to Saskatoon and that an Alberta city has not hosted the Memorial Cup since Calgary in 1974. Four decades is a long time to wait.

“We have to be pragmatic about such issues as how many cities have bid before and not won,” noted Hope.

“Our biggest hurdle is our newness [the Chilliwack Bruins-Victoria Royals franchise is just eight years old, with the first five years playing in Chilliwack and the last three in Victoria] and that we’ve never bid before.”

The next opportunity for WHL teams to bid after 2016 is when the league hosts the Memorial Cup again in 2019.

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

29 Players Selected in CHL Import Draft


Calgary, AB – Western Hockey League clubs selected 29 players as the 2014 CHL Import Draft was held on Wednesday, July 2nd.

The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings from the 2013-14 season.  Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft. 

The Lethbridge Hurricanes were the first WHL Club to make a selection, choosing Russian left wing Nikita Milekhin with the third overall pick.  In 26 games with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian junior league, he had 13 goals and eight assists. Milekhin is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

The Kamloops Blazers selected Slovakian defenceman Patrik Maier with the sixth overall pick while the Saskatoon Blades got Russian centre Nikita Soshnin with the ninth overall selection.

All but two WHL clubs selected at least one player in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.  The Prince George Cougars and the Portland Winterhawks did not select a player in the draft.

2014 CHL Import Draft Results

(Pick #; WHL Club; Name; Birthplace; Pos; DOB)

3. Lethbridge Hurricanes; Nikita Milekhin; LW; Russia; February 2, 1997
6. Kamloops Blazers; Patrik Maier; Bratislava, SVK; D; November 6, 1996
9. Saskatoon Blades; Nikita Soshnin; Lipetsk, Russia; C; March 23, 1997
12. Moose Jaw Warriors; Jiri Smejkal; Ceske Budejovice, CZE; LW; November 11, 1996
15. Prince George Cougars; PASS
18. Tri-City Americans; Semyon Krasheninnikov; Ufa, RUS; RW; January 3, 1997
21. Vancouver Giants; Vladimir Bobylev; Russia; RW; April 19, 1997
24. Prince Albert Raiders; Simon Stransky; Ostrava, CZE; LW; December 21, 1997
27. Red Deer Rebels; Eduards Jansons; Latvia; D; September 7, 1997
30. Brandon Wheat Kings; Ivan Provorov; Yaroslavl, RUS; D; January 13, 1997
33. Kootenay Ice; Alexander Chirva; Moscow, RUS; C; March 25, 1996
36. Swift Current Broncos; Maxim Letunov; Moscow, RUS; February 20, 1996
39. Regina Pats; Sergey Zborovsky; Moscow, RUS; D; February 21, 1997
42. Spokane Chiefs; Tamas Laday; Hungary; D; March 20, 1996
45. Everett Silvertips; Alexander Zhebelev; Moscow, RUS; LW; July 5, 1997
48. Seattle Thunderbirds; Alexander True; Dobenhaven, DEN; C; July 17, 1997
51. Medicine Hat Tigers; Michael Spacek; Pardubice, CZE; RW; April 9, 1997
54. Victoria Royals; Kristian Ferletak; Trstena, SVK; RW; July 9, 1996
56. Calgary Hitmen; Pavel Karnaukhov; Minsk, BLR; C; March 15, 1997
58. Edmonton Oil Kings; Marcel Ibragimov; Moscow, RUS; D; August 4, 1997
59. Portland Winterhawks; PASS
60. Kelowna Rockets; Tomas Soustal; Czech Republic; RW; February 15, 1997


63. Lethbridge Hurricanes; Pavel Skumatov; Russia; LW; April 12, 1997
66. Kamloops Blazers; Michael Fora; Guibiasco, SUI; D; October 13, 1995
69. Saskatoon Blades; Amil Krupic; Halmstad, SWE; D; August 15, 1995
78. Tri-City Americans; Vladislav Lukin; Ufa, RUS; January 24, 1997
87. Red Deer Rebels; Mario Grman; Slovakia; D; April 11, 1997
96. Swift Current Broncos; Andreas Schumacher; Stenungsund, SWE; LW; August 11, 1996
108. Seattle Thunderbirds; Florian Baltram; Austria; Forward; March 25, 1995

For the complete 2014 CHL Import Draft results, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Royals Select Kristian Ferletak, CHL Import Draft

AUDIO: Royals GM Camp Hope on selecting Slovakian forward Kristin Ferletak 54th overall in the CHL Import Draft:

Victoria drafts Slovakian forward Kristian Ferletak 54th overall.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that they have drafted Slovakian winger Kristian Ferletak this morning in the 2014 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft.

The Royals selected the 5-10, 181 lb forward with the 54th overall pick in the annual draft which includes all three leagues (Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League) in the CHL.

“We did a lot of research on Kristian and we think he will be a very good addition to our forward group,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “He is a strong skater with skill. We think his game will translate well to the Western Hockey League.”

The Trstena, Slovakia native spent the 2013-14 season with the Slovakian U-18 Team where he scored 32 points (9g-23a) and added 72 penalty minutes in 44 games played. Ferletak also represented his country at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship where he chipped in three points (2g-1a) through five games.

Ferletak spent the 2012-13 hockey season with HC Banska Bystrica U-18 of the Slovakian Under-18 league where he scored 27 points (6g-21a) along with 18 minutes in penalties in 27 games played. Ferletak also appeared in 10 games with the HC Banska Bystrica U-20 team where he recorded three points (1g-2a). The 17-year-old also skated at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Slovakia where he notched one assist in five contests.

Season ticket packages for the 2014-15 season are on sale now! Call 250-220-7889, visit, or head down to the Victoria Royals ticketing office at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for more information.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Carroll Drafted by Flames

Listen to Austin Carroll's reaction here:

Veteran Victoria forward selected 184th overall.

For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that 1994-born forward Austin Carroll was selected by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round with the 184th overall pick today at the 2014 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Carroll recently completed his third season with the Royals and saw action in 70 games last year, notching 57 points (34g-23a). The Scottsdale, AZ product led Victoria in both goals (34) and penalty minutes (114) in the 2013-14 season.

“It’s a dream come true,” Carroll said from his home in Scottsdale. “I’m originally from Calgary and it’s a huge honour to have this opportunity with such a great organization and my hometown team.”

In his three-year WHL career, Carroll has appeared in 199 games for the Royals and has registered 119 points (57g-62a) as well as 346 penalty minutes. Carroll has also appeared in 17 games in the WHL Playoffs where he has scored 12 points (8g-4a) and posted 24 minutes in penalties. Carroll is fourth all-time in franchise penalty minutes and tied for fifth in post-season scoring. The 6-3, 214 lb winger also attended the Flames’ 2013 Summer Development Camp.

“Austin has worked very hard to earn a chance at a professional hockey career,” General Manager Cameron Hope said, “and this recognition is a reward that he certainly deserves.”

Carroll was selected by the Chilliwack Bruins in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft in the ninth round, 179th overall. Before Carroll joined the Royals, he played one season with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL where he skated in 42 games and posted 11 points (6g-5a) and 28 penalty minutes.

Season ticket packages for the 2014-15 season are on sale now! Call 250-220-7889, visit, or head down to the Victoria Royals ticketing office at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for more information.


37 WHL Players Selected In 2014 NHL Draft

Philadelphia, PA – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 37 WHL players were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Nine of the WHL players selected in the 2014 NHL Draft were chosen in the first round, including four players selected among the Top 10.

Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was the first WHL player selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, chosen by the Buffalo Sabres with the second overall pick.  Reinhart, a product of Vancouver, BC, becomes the highest drafted player in Kootenay Ice franchise history, and just the third Ice player to be chosen in the first round of the NHL draft.

A 6’1”, 183-lb centre, Reinhart finished tied for fourth in the WHL in scoring with 105 points, including 36 goals, and was named the WHL Player of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.  Reinhart joins his two older brothers, Griffin of the Edmonton Oil Kings (4th overall, New York Islanders, 2012) and Max, a former member of the Kootenay Ice (64th overall, Calgary Flames, 2010) in being drafted by an NHL Club.
Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders became the highest drafted German-born player in the history of the NHL Draft when the Edmonton Oilers selected him with the third overall pick.  Draisaitl put up 105 points during the 2013-14 WHL regular season.

Jake Virtanen of the Calgary Hitmen was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, chosen by the Vancouver Canucks.  Virtanen, an Abbotsford, BC, product, led all NHL Draft-eligible players in the WHL with 45 goals during the 2013-14 season.

Red Deer Rebels’ defenceman Haydn Fleury rounded out the four WHL players selected among the Top 10, being chosen seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.  Fleury netted eight goals and 46 points this season for the Rebels, and was named the Top Defenceman at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

24 WHL forwards were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft while 13 defencemen were chosen.

Since the NHL Draft’s inception in 1969, a total of 1,854 WHL players have been selected by NHL Clubs
2014 NHL Draft, WHL Players

1st Round
#2. Buffalo Sabres – Sam Reinhart; Vancouver, BC; Kootenay Ice
#3. Edmonton Oilers – Leon Draisaitl; Cologne, GER; Prince Albert Raiders
#6. Vancouver Canucks – Jake Virtanen; Abbotsford, BC; Calgary Hitmen
#7. Carolina Hurricanes – Haydn Fleury; Carlyle, SK; Red Deer Rebels
#14. Dallas Stars – Julius Honka; Jyvaskyla, FIN; Swift Current Broncos
#17. Philadelphia Flyers – Travis Sanheim; Elkhorn, MB; Calgary Hitmen
#23. Colorado Avalanche – Conner Bleakley; High River, AB; Red Deer Rebels
#26. Montreal Canadiens – Nikita Scherbak; Moscow, RUS; Saskatoon Blades
#30. New Jersey Devils – John Quenneville; Edmonton, AB ; Brandon Wheat Kings

2nd Round
#32. Florida Panthers – Jayce Hawryluk; Roblin, MB; Brandon Wheat Kings
#45. Dallas Stars – Brett Pollock; Sherwood Park, AB; Edmonton Oil Kings

3rd Round
#62. Nashville Predators – Justin Kirkland; Camrose, AB; Kelowna Rockets
#63. Detroit Red Wings – Dominic Turgeon; Cherry Hills, CO; Portland Winterhawks
#68. Toronto Maple Leafs – Rinat Valiev; Nizhnekamsk, RUS; Kootenay Ice
#72. San Jose Sharks – Alex Schoenborn; Minot, ND; Portland Winterhawks
#73, Montreal Canadiens – Brett Lernout; Winnipeg, MB; Swift Current Broncos
#74. Buffalo Sabres – Brycen Martin; Calgary, AB; Swift Current Broncos
#79. Tampa Bay Lightnigh – Brayden Point; Calgary, AB; Moose Jaw Warriors
#85. New York Rangers – Keegan Iverson; St. Louis Park, MN; Portland Winterhawks

4th Round
#99. Winnipeg Jets – Chase De Leo; La Mirada, CA; Portland Winterhawks
#101. Winnipeg Jets – Nelson Nogier; Saskatoon, SK; Saskatoon Blades
#119. Tampa Bay Lightning – Ben Thomas; Calgary, AB; Calgary Hitmen

5th Round
#122. New York Rangers – Richard Nejezchleb; Slavia Praha, CZ; Brandon Wheat Kings
#124. St. Louis Blues – Jaedon Descheneau; Edmonton, AB; Kootenay Ice
#131. New Jersey Devils – Ryan Rehill; Edmonton, AB; Kamloops Blazers
#133. Arizona Coyotes – Dysin Mayo; Victoria, BC; Edmonton Oil Kings
#139. Minnesota Wild – Tanner Faith; Wilcox, SK; Kootenay Ice
#149. San Jose Sharks – Rourke Chartier; Saskatoon, SK; Kelowna Rockets

6th Round
#161. New Jersey Devils – Brandon Baddock; Vermillion, AB; Edmonton Oil Kings
#162. Nashville Predators – Aaron Irving; Edmonton, AB; Edmonton Oil Kings
#167. Minnesota Wild – Chase Lang; Nanaimo, BC; Calgary Hitmen
#168. Philadelphia Flyers – Radel Fazleev; Kazan, RUS; Calgary Hitmen
#169. Minnesota Wild – Reid Duke; Calgary, AB; Lethbridge Hurricanes

7th Round
#184. Calgary Flames – Austin Carroll; Scottsdale, AZ; Victoria Royals
#186. Vancouver Canucks – MacKenze Stewart; Calgary, AB; Prince Albert Raiders
#193. Arizona Coyotes – Edgars Kulda; Riga, LAT; Edmonton Oil Kings
#200. New York Islanders – Lukas Sutter; Lethbridge, AB; Red Deer Rebels

Past WHL – NHL Draft Results
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, including eight in the 1st round.
A total of 32 WHL players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, including six in the 1st round.
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including seven in the 1st round.
A total of 31 WHL players were selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 24 WHL players were selected in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Regular Season Schedule 2014-15

Victoria opens home schedule on Friday, September 26th versus Kamloops!

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce the team’s schedule for the 2014-15 Western Hockey League (WHL) regular season.

The Royals will open their fourth WHL season with a game in Kamloops against the Blazers on Friday, September 20th, before travelling to Vancouver on Saturday, September 21st for a date with the Giants. Victoria’s home opener is set for Friday, September 26th against the Kamloops Blazers. Puck drop at the Royals’ home opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

The Royals’ longest homestand will come after the Christmas break when the club hosts seven consecutive games between Saturday, December 27th and Saturday, January 10th. During that span, the team will host the Prince George Cougars, Spokane Chiefs and Medicine Hat Tigers.

Victoria will embark on their longest road trip of the year early in the season when they swing through the Central Division for six October games in nine days. Starting on Friday, October 10th against the Calgary Hitmen, the Royals will also visit the Medicine Hat Tigers, Red Deer Rebels, Edmonton Oil Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes before wrapping up the trip on Saturday, October 18th versus the Kootenay Ice.

2014-15 Schedule Facts:

By Team:

Brandon: 1 home + 0 road = 1 game
Calgary: 0 home + 2 road = 2 games
Edmonton: 1 home + 2 road = 3 games
Everett: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Kamloops: 4 home + 4 road = 8 games
Kelowna: 4 home + 4 road = 8 games
Kootenay: 0 home + 1 road = 1 game
Lethbridge: 0 home + 1 road = 1 game
Medicine Hat: 1 home + 1 road = 2 games
Moose Jaw: 1 home + 0 road = 1 game
Portland: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Prince Albert: 1 home + 0 road = 1 game
Prince George: 4 home + 4 road = 8 games
Regina: 1 home + 0 road = 1 game
Red Deer: 1 home + 2 road = 3 games
Saskatoon: 1 home + 0 road = 1 game
Seattle: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Spokane: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Swift Current: 1 home + 0 road = 1 game
Tri-City: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Vancouver: 5 home + 5 road = 10 games

By Division:

B.C. Division: 17 home + 17 road = 34 games
U.S. Division: 10 home + 10 road = 20 games
Central Division: 3 home + 9 road = 12 games
East Division: 6 home + 0 road = 6 games

By Month:

September: 2 home + 3 road = 5 games
October: 5 home + 6 road = 11 games
November: 6 home +8 road = 14 games
December: 6 home + 3 road= 9 games
January: 7 home + 6 road = 13 games
February: 5 home + 5 road = 10 games
March: 5 home + 5 home = 10 games

By Day:

Sunday: 3 home + 3 road = 6 games
Monday: 3 home + 0 road = 3 games
Tuesday: 6 home + 3 road = 9 games
Wednesday: 2 home + 7 road = 9 games
Thursday: 0 home + 0 road = 0 games
Friday: 10 home + 11 road = 21 games
Saturday: 12 home + 12 road = 24 games

Season ticket packages for the 2014-15 season are on sale now! Call 250-220-7889, visit, or head down to the Victoria Royals ticketing office at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for more information.

Soy & Reddekopp Invited to U18 Selection Camp

Victoria’s Tyler Soy and Chaz Reddekopp to attend national team selection camp in Calgary.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that rookie forward Tyler Soy and rookie defenceman Chaz Reddekopp have been named to Hockey Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp in advance of the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

The selection camp will see 44 players born in 1997 from across Canada compete for a spot on Team Canada, coached by Derek Laxdal, and will take place from August 2-5 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, AB. 

If selected to the 22-man roster, Soy and Reddekopp will travel with Team Canada to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup scheduled for August 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

Soy, a 5-11 center, recently completed his rookie season with the Royals in which he posted 30 points (15g-15a) over 65 games played. Named the club’s 2013-14 Rookie of the Year, Soy also notched two goals and one assist in nine games during the 2014 WHL Playoffs. The Cloverdale, BC native was selected by the Royals with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Also coming off his rookie season with Victoria, Reddekopp notched nine points (1g-8a) over 40 games played to go along with 33 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating last year. The 6-3, 215 lb product of West Kelowna, BC was chosen by the Royals in the first round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft with the 13th overall pick.

Both Soy and Reddekopp have been involved with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence before. The pair helped Team Pacific to a silver medal at last year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Soy finished the tournament with five points (2g-3a) in six games played while Reddekopp added a pair of assists in Team Pacific’s semi-final victory.

Season ticket packages for the 2014-15 season are on sale now! Call 250-220-7889, visit, or head down to the Victoria Royals ticketing office at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for more information.