Salmon King open-hearted about life, losing and marriage in the minors

Like many of the Salmon Kings packing up in the dressing room of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday

Players threw around some mixed emotions in the dressing room of the Victoria Salmon Kings on Tuesday morning. Most were lamenting Monday’s loss to the Alaska Aces which elminiated them from the playoffs and the end of the franchise.

Despite the hangover of being swept in four straight and the WHL replacing the Salmon Kings, most players were already upbeat about their summers.

While some players plan on winging it this summer, Ryan Turek has his offseason planned.

“I’m getting married on July 9 so I know what I’ll be doing until then. Time to help out the fiance with some organizing.”

Getting swept stung that much more for Turek. The Kings’ star defenceman played the past two years in Alaska.

“We were in that series, losing once in overtime and twice in the last minute. Now we’re moping around because that’s all you can do after you lose in the playoffs.”

Only 23 years old, Turek still has a shot at making the AHL. He started this season in training camp with the Manitoba Moose but never got called up. He’d like to be on the Salmon Kings’ protected list this summer in hopes of returning for next year should he be in the ECHL again. And he likely would have been reserved by the Salmon Kings too.

“It’s not a good feeling playing (a team’s) last game. It kind of sucks.

“This city treated us well. Fans finally started coming out at the end. What’s hard is, some guys, I don’t know if they’ll even play next year.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria police warns of text, vacation rental COVID-19 fraud attempts

Frauds appearing online, in text messages and through vacation rentals

Development and building applications in Victoria can now be submitted online

Victoria mayor moves daily update to 2:30 p.m. every weekday

COVID-19: Health care workers seek alternative housing options to prevent families from getting sick

Volunteers, residents and businesses step up to provide frontline workers with alternative housing

Victoria Police see new trends in calls due to COVID-19

Police link jump in domestic, mental health calls to pandemic

BC Parks Foundation organizes virtual picnic for the province

Join a B.C.-wide picnic online Saturday, March 28

Trudeau announces 75% wage subsidy for small businesses amid COVID-19

This is up from the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy

COVID-19: A message from the publisher

We will be making some changes to our print editions during these unprecedented times

World update, 9:30 p.m. March 27: Positive news in Korea as U.S. hits 100,000 cases

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country in the world

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach youngster gets car parade for his sixth birthday

Friends get creative after party cancelled due to ongoing pandemic

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

Nanaimo RCMP ask for help locating 17-year-old girl believed to be with 36-year-old man

Mary Cyprich, missing since Thurday, might be in company of Force Forsythe

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

Most Read