Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CHL Import Draft: BOBYLEV 38th overall



ROYALS SELECT VLADIMIR BOBYLEV IN CHL IMPORT DRAFT
Victoria drafts Russian forward 38th overall.

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce the selection of 18-year-old Russian winger Vladimir Bobylev, 38th overall in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft this morning.

The CHL Import Draft is an annual event in which clubs from all three leagues (Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League) select players born outside of North America.

“We are happy to have been able to select Vladimir this morning,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “His size, strength and skating will make him a good fit with our group. He got his feet wet as a WHL rookie last year and we don’t think he has shown yet what he is capable of in this league.”

A native of Lipetsk, Russia, Bobylev spent the 2014-15 season in the WHL with the Vancouver Giants where he recorded nine points (3g-6a) and 39 penalty minutes in 52 games.

The Giants selected Bobylev in the 2014 CHL Import Draft in the first round, 21st overall.

During the 2013-14 campaign, Bobylev played for Mytischi Atlant of the Russian Junior Hockey League (MHL). In 35 games, he collected four goals and four assists to go along with 36 minutes in penalties.

The 6-2, 206 lb forward has suited up for the Russian National Junior Team on two occasions. Last year, Bobylev took part in the Under-17 Five Nations Cup and registered two points in three games. Bobylev also represented his country at the 2014 Under-17 Four Nations Cup, where he notched one goal in three contests.

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CHL Import Draft WHL Selections


WHL CLUBS SELECT 28 PLAYERS IN 2015 CHL IMPORT DRAFT

Calgary, AB -
 Western Hockey League Clubs selected 28 players as the 2015 CHL Import Draft was held on Tuesday, June 30. 

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 2014-15 season.  All CHL Clubs are permitted to carry two European import players on their roster each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.

The Saskatoon Blades were the first WHL Club to make a selection, choosing Czech Republic defenceman Libor Hajek with the second overall pick. In 44 games with the Czech Republic’s HC Kometa Brno U20 Club, Hajek recorded one goal and nine assists to go along with a plus-eight rating. Hajek is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes selected Russian defenceman Egor Babenko with the fifth overall pick while the Vancouver Giants got Slovakian forward Radovan Bondra with the eighth overall selection.

All but one WHL Club selected at least one player in the 2015 CHL Import Draft. The Calgary Hitmen did not select a player in the draft.

2015 CHL Import Draft Results

ROUND 1

2. Saskatoon Blades: Libor Hajek D; Czech Republic; February 4, 1998
5. Lethbridge Hurricanes: Egor Babenko F; Russia; February 5, 1997
8. Vancouver Giants: Radovan Bondra RW; Slovakia; January 27, 1997
11. Kamloops Blazers: Ondrej Vala D; Czech Republic; April 13, 1998
14. Tri-City Americans: Juuso Valimaki D; Finland; October 6, 1998
17. Prince Albert Raiders: Vojtech Budik D; Czech Republic; January 29, 1998
20. Prince George Cougars: Bartek Bison LW; Netherlands; March 26, 1998
23. Moose Jaw Warriors: Nikita A. Popugaev LW; Russia; November 20, 1998
26. Spokane Chiefs: Niklas Andersen C; Denmark; November 20, 1997
29. Swift Current Broncos: Artyom Minulin D; Russia; October 1, 1998
32. Edmonton Oil Kings: Anatolil Elizarov D; Russia; June 14, 1998
35. Kootenay ICE: Roman Dymacek LW; Czech Republic; January 6, 1997
38. Victoria Royals: Vladimir Bobylyov LW; Russia; April 18, 1997
41. Regina Pats: Nikolay Knyzhov D; Russia; March 20, 1998
44. Seattle Thunderbirds: Gustav Olhaver C; Sweden; July 3, 1997
47. Red Deer Rebels: Michael Spacek RW; Czech Republic; April 9, 1997
50. Portland Winterhawks: Rodrigo Abols C; Latvia; January 5, 1996
53. Medicine Hat Tigers: Alexei Platonov D; Russia; January 20, 1997
55. Everett Silvertips: Alexander Scherbakov D; Russia; December 24, 1998
57. Calgary Hitmen: PASS
59. Kelowna Rockets: Calvin Thurkauf LW; Switzerland/Canada; June 27, 1997
60. Brandon Wheat Kings: Oliver Kylington D; Sweden/Eritrea; May 19, 1997

ROUND 2

65. Lethbridge Hurricanes: Igor Merezhko D; Ukraine; April 30, 1998
80. Prince George Cougars: Luka Zorko D; Slovenia; February 27, 1997
92. Edmonton Oil Kings: Dario Meyer RW; Switzerland; November 20, 1996
95. Kootenay ICE: Mario Grman D; Slovakia; April 11, 1997
110. Portland Winterhawks: Carl Ericson C; Sweden; September 11, 1996
115. Everett Silvertips: Ian Khomenko LW; Russia; March 31, 1998
120. Brandon Wheat Kings: Dario Winkler C; Austria; May 18, 1997


Saturday, 27 June 2015

NHL DRAFT: Reddekopp & Smith Selected



ROYALS’ CHAZ REDDEKOPP AND EVAN SMITH SELECTED IN 2015 NHL DRAFT
Victoria’s Reddekopp and Smith drafted 187th and 205th overall by the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators.

For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that defenceman Chaz Reddekopp was drafted 187th overall by the Los Angeles Kings and goaltender Evan Smith was selected 205th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft in Sunrise, Florida today.

Reddekopp and Smith became the fifth and sixth players in Victoria Royals’ history to be drafted by an NHL team. Steven Hodges became the first Royals’ player to be drafted when he was selected 84th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

“We are very proud of Chaz and Evan,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “They are both dedicated athletes who continue to work very hard toward a professional career. Being selected in the NHL Draft is exciting recognition of that hard work, and these young men are very deserving of the recognition.”

Chaz Reddekopp


Reddekopp, a 6-3, 215 lb defender recently completed his second season with the Royals and registered 21 points (5g-16a) and 53 penalty minutes in 72 contests. Reddekopp also skated in 10 post-season games with Victoria and notched two assists to go along with 12 minutes in penalties.

“It’s a tremendous feeling to hear your name called,” Reddekopp said from his home in West Kelowna, BC. “I am excited and happy to be going to a great organization like the Los Angeles Kings. It’s a huge honour.”

The Royals’ blueliner has appeared in 113 regular season games in his Western Hockey League (WHL) career and has 30 points (6g-24a) and 86 penalty minutes. He has also played in 12 games in the WHL Playoffs where he has collected two assists and 12 minutes in penalties. 

Reddekopp also represented Team Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he captured a silver medal.

Evan Smith

A product of Parker, CO, Smith split the 2014-15 season between the Royals and the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Smith appeared in four games for Victoria last season and posted a 1-1-0-0 record to go along with a 4.20 goals against average (GAA) and .864 save percentage (SV%).

“I’m enjoying this moment,” Smith said from his home in Parker, CO. “To be drafted by Nashville is a great feeling and opportunity, but the real work begins now.”

In 15 games with the Bruins, the 6-6, 174 lb netminder collected a 12-1-2-0 record with a 1.73 GAA, a .923 SV% and one shutout.  Smith helped the Bruins to a second consecutive NAHL Finals appearance.  In six games played during the NAHL playoffs Smith posted a 4-1-0-0 mark to go along with a 2.10 GAA and .914 SV%.

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5 WHL'ers Selected in 1st Round NHL Draft



FIVE WHL PLAYERS SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND OF 2015 NHL DRAFT

Sunrise, Florida – Five players from the Western Hockey League heard their named called in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL on June 26, including seventh overall pick Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings).

Ivan Provorov of the Brandon Wheat Kings was the first WHL player selected in the 2015 NHL Draft, chosen by the Philadelphia Flyers with the seventh overall pick.  Provorov, a product of Yaroslavl, Russia, recently completed his rookie season with the Wheat Kings after electing to play in the WHL.

A 6’0”, 200 lb defenceman, Provorov was voted the Eastern Conference Defenceman of the Year after posting 61 points (15g-46a) in 60 games played which was also tops amongst WHL rookie skaters. Provorov went on to put up 13 points (2g-11a) in 19 games during the 2015 WHL Playoffs. Provorov was selected by Brandon 30th overall in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

Forward Jake DeBrusk of the Swift Current Broncos was the second WHL player selected with the Boston Bruins’ 14th overall pick. DeBrusk recently completed his second season in the WHL in which he posted 81 points (42g-39a) and played in all 72 games. DeBrusk becomes the second-highest Broncos player to ever be selected in the NHL Draft. The Edmonton, AB native was selected by the Broncos 137th overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

After a trade that saw the New York Islanders acquire the 16th overall pick, Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal heard his name called by the Islanders. The first overall pick from the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft posted 57 points (12g-45a) in just 44 games during the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season. Barzal is the 15th Thunderbird to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.

Rounding out the first round of WHL selections, Everett Silvertips defenceman Julius Noah Juulsen was selected 26th overall by the Montreal Canadiens and Kelowna Rockets forward Nick Merkley was selected 30th overall by the Arizona Coyotes.

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*Please credit Aaron Bell/CHL Images

2015 NHL Draft, WHL Players

1st Round
#7. Philadelphia Flyers – Ivan Provorov; Yaroslavl, Russia; Brandon Wheat Kings
#14. Boston Bruins – Jake DeBrusk; Edmonton, AB; Swift Current Broncos
#16. New York Islanders – Mathew Barzal; Coquitlam, BC; Seattle Thunderbirds
#26. Montreal Canadiens – Noah Juulsen; Abbotsford, BC; Everett Silvertips
#30. Arizona Coyotes – Nick Merkley; Calgary, AB; Kelowna Rockets


Past WHL – NHL Draft Results
-A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, including nine in the first round
-A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, including eight in the first round.
-A total of 32 WHL players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, including six in the first round.
-A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the first round.
-A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including seven in the first round.
-A total of 31 WHL players were selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the first round.
-A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the first round.
-A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the first 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, 24 June 2015

Royals Season Schedule Announced




ROYALS ANNOUNCE 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Victoria opens season at home on Friday, September 25th vs. Portland.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce the team’s schedule for the 2015-16 Western Hockey League (WHL) regular season.

The Royals will open their fifth WHL season at home against the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, September 25th. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Victoria will have two separate six-game homestands next season that mark the longest home stretches for the club. The first set will begin on Friday, September 25th and conclude on Wednesday, October 7th. During that span, the team will host the Portland Winterhawks, Kamloops Blazers and Spokane Chiefs. The second homestand consists of visits from the Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes between Friday, January 15th and Friday, January 29th.

The Royals’ will embark on their longest road trip of the year early in the season when they swing through Saskatchewan and Manitoba for six games in nine days. The Eastern Division swing will start on Friday, October 30th against the Prince Albert Raiders. Victoria will also visit the Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos, Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings before wrapping up the trip on Saturday, November 7th vs. the Regina Pats.

2015-16 Schedule Facts:

By Team:

Brandon: 0 home + 1 road = 1 game
Calgary: 1 home + 1 road = 2 games
Edmonton: 2 home + 1 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: 1 home + 0 road = 1 game
Lethbridge: 2 home + 0 road = 2 games
Medicine Hat: 2 home + 0 road = 2 games
Moose Jaw: 0 home + 1 road = 1 game
Portland: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Prince Albert: 0 home + 1 road = 1 game
Prince George: 4 home + 4 road = 8 games
Regina: 0 home + 1 road = 1 game
Red Deer: 1 home + 1 road = 2 games
Saskatoon: 0 home + 1 road = 1 game
Seattle: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Spokane: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Swift Current: 0 home + 1 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: 9 home + 3 road = 12 games
East Division: 0 home + 6 road = 6 games

By Month:

September: 2 home + 0 road = 2 games
October: 6 home + 7 road = 13 games
November: 5 home + 7 road = 12 games
December: 6 home + 5 road= 11 games
January: 8 home + 5 road = 13 games
February: 5 home + 9 road = 14 games
March: 4 home + 3 road = 7 games

By Day:

Sunday: 4 home + 2 road = 6 games
Monday: 2 home + 2 road = 4 games
Tuesday: 4 home + 1 road = 5 games
Wednesday: 6 home + 6 road = 12 games
Thursday: 0 home + 0 road = 0 games
Friday: 9 home + 13 road = 22 games
Saturday: 11 home + 12 road = 23 games


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