Victoria Royals ready for training camp

The quest for the Memorial Cup begins in earnest this week for WHL squad

The quest for the Memorial Cup begins in earnest this week for the Western Hockey League Victoria Royals.

Rookie camp begins today (Aug. 20) at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The four-day camp will consist of the Royals’ 2013 and 2014 draft classes, protected list players and invited players born in 1998 and 1999.

Participants will be divided into four teams in a round robin format with games beginning Thursday and running through Saturday

Main camp begins Monday (Aug. 25). Admission is free to on-ice sessions.

On-ice sessions run from 12:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 25; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 26; and 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 27.

The Royals host their annual inter-squad game on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Meantime, forward Axel Blomqvist has been named to Team Sweden’s Under-20 roster for the upcoming Four Nations tournament in Jönköping, Sweden from Aug. 29-31.

The tournament features under-20 teams from Sweden, Russia, Finland and Czech Republic.