Thursday, 26 March 2015

Carroll Signs With Calgary Flames

ROYALS’ CARROLL SIGNS WITH CALGARY FLAMES
Victoria’s 2014-15 leading scorer signs NHL contract.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals would like to congratulate 1994-born forward Austin Carroll who has agreed to a three-year entry level contract with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Calgary Flames.

This season, Carroll led Victoria in goals (38) and points (77) as he set the Royals’ single season record in both categories. He also set the all-time franchise mark for career game winning goals and penalty minutes with 19 and 470 respectively.

The Scottsdale, AZ product has spent his entire WHL career (2011-2015) with the Royals. Carroll ranks as the fourth-leading scorer in Victoria/Chilliwack franchise history with 196 points (95g-101a) in 268 games.

The 6-3, 214 lb winger was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round with the 184th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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

The Royals will have home ice advantage in the first round of the 2015 WHL Playoffs vs. the Prince George Cougars, with Game 1 & 2 of the best-of-seven series occurring at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game 1 will take place tomorrow and Game 2 on Saturday, March 28th. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual playoff tickets, starting at $13.00, are now on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.  


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Royals Begin Playoffs Friday vs Cougars

ROYALS BEGIN PLAYOFF SERIES WITH COUGARS ON FRIDAY
Victoria hosts Prince George for Games 1 & 2 this weekend.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals will host the Prince George Cougars in the first two games of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals presented by Coke Zero, 2 Burley Men, Yates Street Taphouse and Gillis Plumbing. Game 1 will take place on Friday and Game 2 on Saturday with puck drop for both contests scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

RECORD WATCH: Entering the 2015 WHL playoffs three Royals are nearing franchise records. Austin Carroll (8) sits two goals away from tying Jamie Crooks (10) for most playoff goals. Travis Brown (2g-5a) is currently three points back of Jordan Fransoo (2g-8a) for most points by a defenceman. Brandon Magee (4g-10a) begins the playoffs only six points behind Steven Hodges (6g-14a) for most playoff points in franchise history, and four points behind Hodges for most assists.

BALANCED ATTACK: The Victoria Royals finished the 2014-15 regular season tied for fourth in the WHL for icing the most 20-plus goal scorers with five. Austin Carroll (38), Tyler Soy (28), Alex Forsberg (26), Brandon Magee (23), and Greg Chase (20) led the way for the Royals with the most goals.

FRIDAY – GAME 1
Tickets:
-          Yates Street Taphouse Playoff Combo’s are on sale for $90. The Combo is a four pack of club tickets valid in sections 107 or 111 and includes a $20 gift card from the Yates Street Taphouse. Valued at $130, the combo can be purchased at the box office with only 50 packs available per game.
Pre-Game:
-          The first 4,000 fans will receive playoff clap banners courtesy of Coke Zero, 2 Burley Men, Yates Street Taphouse and Gillis Plumbing.

Intermission Activities & Promos:
Second Intermission
-          Hotel Grand Pacific Chuck-a-Puck
o   A free night’s stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific
o   Jiffy Lube Oil Change (approx. 20 winners per game)
Promo (First Intermission)
-          One fan will win a Starline EL77 Wireless Speaker courtesy of Coke Zero
Promo (Second Intermission)
-          Gillis Plumbing Shot on the Dot
o   The Fan that shoots a puck closest to the far face-off dot will win a $25 gift card from Costco and two movie passes (including popcorn and drinks) courtesy of Gillis Plumbing

SATURDAY – GAME 2
Tickets:
-          Yates Street Taphouse Playoff Combo’s are on sale for $90. The Combo is a four pack of club tickets valid in sections 107 or 111 and includes a $20 gift card from the Yates Street Taphouse. Valued at $130, the combo can be purchased at the box office with only 50 packs available per game.
Pre-Game:
-          The first 4,000 fans will receive playoff clap banners courtesy of Coke Zero, 2 Burley Men, Yates Street Taphouse and Gillis Plumbing.

Intermission Activities:
Second Intermission
-          Hotel Grand Pacific Chuck-a-Puck
o   A free night’s stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific
o   Jiffy Lube Oil Change (approx. 20 winners per game)


Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Royals season are on sale now. Take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird offer to new season ticket holders by placing a $100 per seat deposit and getting all home games for the first round of the playoffs for free. To arrange a meeting to pick your seats please call 250-220-7889 or visit the Victoria Royals ticket office at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Hicketts Named Western Conf 2nd All Star Team

ROYALS’ JOE HICKETTS NAMED TO WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAM
Victoria defender earns spot on Second All-Star Team.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals would like to congratulate defenceman Joe Hicketts on being named to the Western Conference Second All-Star Team for the 2014-15 season.

This season, Hicketts led the Western Conference in scoring for defencemen and finished second in the WHL with 64 points (12g-52a) in 62 games played. Hicketts averaged 1.03 points per game, which was second in the league for D-men. The 5-8, 175 lb blueliner set the Royals’ single season record for most assists with 52 and also recorded the franchise mark for most powerplay assists by a defender in a campaign with 27. He is the first Royal and third player in franchise history to be named to a WHL All-Star Team.

In January, Hicketts, along with Royals’ Head Coach Dave Lowry helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships. In seven tournament games with Team Canada, Hicketts recorded three assists to go along with a plus-3 rating and two penalty minutes. Hicketts also skated in two games for Team WHL in this year’s SUBWAY Super Series against Team Russia and registered one goal and one assist.

Before the start of this season, the product of Kamloops, BC signed a three-year entry level contract as a free agent with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Detroit Red Wings.


The Royals will have home ice advantage in the first round of the 2015 WHL Playoffs vs. the Prince George Cougars, with Game 1 & 2 of the best-of-seven series occurring at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game 1 will take place on Friday and Game 2 on Saturday. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual playoff tickets, starting at $13.00, are now on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.  

WHL COMPLETES 2015 BANTAM DRAFT LOTTERY

WHL COMPLETES 2015 BANTAM DRAFT LOTTERY
Spokane Chiefs to pick first in 2015 WHL Bantam Draft

Calgary, AB – The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery was held today at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six non-playoff teams (Spokane (from Saskatoon), Lethbridge, Vancouver, Moose Jaw (from Kamloops), Prince Albert and Moose Jaw) from the 2014-15 season.  A team could only move up a maximum of two positions in the Bantam Draft. 
The Lottery selection process was performed by Katelyn Dawson from KPMG. The 2015 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Calgary, AB, on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

A Spokane Chiefs ball was drawn, meaning the order of the first round of the draft remains unchanged and the Chiefs will pick first overall. The Lethbridge Hurricanes will have the second selection, the Vancouver Giants will select third, the Moose Jaw Warriors have the fourth selection, the Prince Albert Raiders will select fifth, and the Moose Jaw Warriors will also have the sixth overall selection.

The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2014-15 WHL regular season standings.

Players eligible for the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft will be 2000-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

2015 WHL BANTAM DRAFT 1st ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION
Following is the order of selection for the 1st round of the WHL Bantam Draft:

#  CLUB                                   TRADED TO
1. Saskatoon Blades                 Spokane
2. Lethbridge Hurricanes
3. Vancouver Giants
4. Kamloops Blazers                 Moose Jaw
5. Prince Albert Raiders
6. Moose Jaw Warriors
7.  Tri-City Americans
8.  Prince George Cougars
9.  Spokane Chiefs
10.  Swift Current Broncos
11.  Edmonton Oil Kings
12.  Kootenay Ice                      Saskatoon
13.  Victoria Royals
14.  Regina Pats
15.  Seattle Thunderbirds
16.  Red Deer Rebels
17.  Portland Winterhawks         Forfeit
18.  Medicine Hat Tigers
19.  Everett Silvertips                Saskatoon
20.  Calgary Hitmen
21.  Kelowna Rockets               Prince Albert
22.  Brandon Wheat Kings

2nd ROUND AND ALL SUBSEQUENT ROUNDS ORDER OF SELECTION

Following is the order of selection for the 2nd and all subsequent rounds of the WHL Bantam Draft:
(Please note that traded picks are not indicated)

1. Saskatoon Blades
2. Lethbridge Hurricanes
3. Vancouver Giants
4. Kamloops Blazers
5. Tri-City Americans
6. Prince Albert Raiders
7.  Prince George Cougars
8.  Moose Jaw Warriors
9.  Spokane Chiefs
10.  Swift Current Broncos
11.  Edmonton Oil Kings
12.  Kootenay Ice
13.  Victoria Royals
14.  Regina Pats
15.  Seattle Thunderbirds
16.  Red Deer Rebels
17.  Portland Winterhawks
18.  Medicine Hat Tigers
19.  Everett Silvertips
20.  Calgary Hitmen
21.  Kelowna Rockets
22.  Brandon Wheat Kings


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Monday, 23 March 2015

DAVE LOWRY NAMED HEAD COACH OF TEAM CANADA’S WORLD JUNIOR TEAM

ROYALS’ DAVE LOWRY NAMED HEAD COACH OF TEAM CANADA’S WORLD JUNIOR TEAM

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 23, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Head Coach Dave Lowry has been named the bench boss for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships taking place December 26th, 2015 – January 5th, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

Lowry was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Montreal, QUE, and Toronto, ON, where he served as an assistant coach. Lowry was also the head coach for Team WHL in the 2014 SUBWAY Super Series against Team Russia.

It’s a great opportunity for Dave, and he’s earned it,” said Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope. “I think Hockey Canada sees the same qualities that we do in Dave, including his ability to get the players focused on details, and pull them together. These are important things in a tournament format such as the World Junior Hockey Championships.”

In his third season with the Royals, Lowry led the club to a second place finish in the BC Division with a 39-29-3-1 record.

Since joining the Royals for the 2012-13 season, Lowry has posted a 118-75-6-7 regular season record as Victoria’s bench boss. In the eight year history of the franchise, Lowry holds the all-time record for most wins. He also holds the franchise mark in playoff victories with seven.

Last season, Lowry was the recipient of the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Coach of the Year after he guided Victoria to a franchise record 48-20-1-3 regular season. Lowry led the Royals to numerous franchise records including wins (48) and points (100) to break the records he established during his first season with the club. He also guided the franchise to its first playoff series victory.

The Royals will have home ice advantage in the first round of the 2015 WHL Playoffs vs. the Prince George Cougars, with Game 1 & 2 of the best-of-seven series occurring at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game 1 will take place on Friday, March 27th and Game 2 on Saturday, March 28th. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual playoff tickets, starting at $13.00, are now on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.  


Sunday, 22 March 2015

ROYALS AWARDS CEREMONY

ROYALS CAP OFF REGULAR SEASON WITH AWARDS CEREMONY
Joe Hicketts takes home 2014-15 National Bank Financial Most Valuable Player award.

For Immediate Release
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals 2014-15 regular season was acknowledged at the fourth annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

This year’s event included New York Rangers’ executive Mike Barnett and BC Minister of Finance Michael de Jong as special guest speakers. 

Cliff Lequesne, from 100.3 The Q!, hosted the event that saw the organization hand out 10 awards in total and celebrate the personal achievements of the Royals’ players on-and-off of the ice.

Joe Hicketts was chosen as the team’s most valuable player as he took home the National Bank Financial MVP Award. The product of Kamloops, BC also earned the Wilson’s Transportation Top Defenceman award and The Keg Fans’ Choice award, which was chosen by a vote on www.victoriaroyals.com.

Austin Carroll was presented with the Mayfair Optometric Top Scorer Award as he finished the season with 77 points (38g-39a).

Tyler Soy was chosen as the Coca-Cola Unsung Hero award, while Coleman Vollrath was named the winner of the Investors Group Community Service award.

Logan Fisher was the recipient of the 2 Burley Men Hardest Worker award. The Wallace Driving School Most Dedicated Player award was given to Travis Brown.

Ralph Jarratt was named the winner of the Ron Neal Rookie of the Year, while Jared Dmytriw took home the Live Virtual Help Desk Scholastic Player of the Year award.


The Royals will have home ice advantage in the first round of the 2015 WHL Playoffs vs. the Prince George Cougars, with Game 1 & 2 of the best-of-seven series occurring at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game 1 will take place on Friday, March 27th and Game 2 on Saturday, March 28th. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual playoff tickets, starting at $13.00, are now on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.  

Recap: victoria 4 - everett 3 shoot out

Taylor Crunk had a 3 point night, while Brandon Magee scored the shoot out winner as the visiting Victoria Royals got past the Everett Silvertips 4-3 Saturday night, to wrap up their regular season on a high note.

Trailing 3-2 going into the third Crunk added his second of the night to force overtime.

Paulic made 23 saves including stopping 3 of 4 in the shoot out for the win.  Carter Hart took the loss with 24 saves.

Joe Hicketts scored in regulation for the Royals, while Jack Walker and Ivan Nikolishn scored in the 4 round skills competition.

Victoria will now entertain Prince George next Friday and Saturday night in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Royals snapped a two game skid after falling at home to the Silvertips 4-3 one night earlier.

With the point, Everett clinched first in the US Division, and host Spokane in round 1.

Victoria wraps up their 4th season with 39 wins and 82 points, 2nd in the BC Division.

It was the final regular season game for overagers Magee, Travis Brown and Austin Carroll.

Royals went 1 for 6 on the power play, while the ‘Tips were 0 for 4.

Ryan Gagnon fought Brayden Low in the first period.

Paulic stopped Khol Bauml on a short handed penalty shot with 3 minutes to go in the third and the game tied at 3.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 4 (SO) at Everett Silvertips 3 - Status: Final SO
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Comcast Arena - Everett, WA

Victoria 1 1 1 0 - 4
Everett 0 3 0 0 - 3

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Crunk 9 (Brown, Fisher), 16:51.

Penalties-Juulsen Evt (charging), 2:24; Gagnon Vic (major-fighting), 5:39; Low Evt (major-fighting), 5:39; Carroll Vic (cross checking), 8:49.

2nd Period-
2, Everett, Millar 13 (Mykitiuk), 2:38.
3, Everett, Laurencelle 23 (Low, Betker), 10:12.
4, Victoria, Hicketts 12 (Crunk), 17:46 (PP).
5, Everett, Fonteyne 7 (Scherbak, Davis), 19:50.

Penalties-Laurencelle Evt (hooking), 7:16; Reddekopp Vic (checking from behind), 10:27; Gagnon Vic (slashing), 13:13; Millar Evt (hooking), 14:51; Leedahl Evt (high sticking), 16:48.

3rd Period-
6, Victoria, Crunk 10 (Soy), 9:57.

Penalties-Forsberg Vic (roughing), 4:54; Leedahl Evt (hooking), 16:34.

OT Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Stadnyk Evt (too many men), 2:22.

Shootout -
Victoria 2 (Walker G, Crunk NG, Chase NG, Magee G),
Everett 1 (Nikolishin G, Stadnyk NG, Scherbak NG, Laurencelle NG).

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 6-11-8-2-1-28.
Everett 5-13-7-1-0-26.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Everett 0 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Paulic 14-15-1-1 (26 shots-23 saves).
Everett, Hart 18-5-2-3 (27 shots-24 saves).

A-7,918
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Curtis Marouelli (86).
Linesmen-Mark Heier (125), Aaron Mills.