ROYALS: WHL returns to Victoria with Sept. 16 preseason game

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The Victoria Royals will play its first Western Hockey League game in Kamloops, the first of five exhibition games announced for early September.

The Royals play five road games, starting with the Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets on Sept. 2 and 3. Victoria will then re-acquaint and renew its rivalry with the Vancouver Giants on Sept. 9 in Ladner and Sept. 10 in Maple Ridge (as home team).

Victoria’s first WHL game since 1994 happens Sept. 16 against the visiting Kelowna Rockets at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Training camp opens Aug. 20.

The Royals’ 2011-12 regular season schedule will be announced on June 29.