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Kamloops Blazers captain Nick Chyzowski, left, is checked by Victoria Royals forward Dino Kambeitz during past Western Hockey League action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The best-of-seven playoff series between the Royals and Blazers opens Friday night. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Royals face Blazers to kickoff WHL playoffs

Series opens Friday, March 22 at Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Kamloops Blazers captain Nick Chyzowski, left, is checked by Victoria Royals forward Dino Kambeitz during past Western Hockey League action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The best-of-seven playoff series between the Royals and Blazers opens Friday night. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Victoria Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse looks to gather in a rebound during Western Hockey League action against the Prince George Cougars at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Black Press

WHL Royals go 2-0 vs. P.G., gear up for weekend test against Kamloops

Three-way tie for first atop B.C. Division as Victoria, Kamloops, Vancouver unbeaten

Victoria Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse looks to gather in a rebound during Western Hockey League action against the Prince George Cougars at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Black Press
Dante Hannoun (in red) and Victoria Royals teammates are drilled at practice ahead of this weekend’s Western Hockey League season-opening games against Prince George at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

Victoria Royals on a roll heading into WHL season opening weekend

Team looks to gain revenge on Prince George after pre-season loss to Cougars

Dante Hannoun (in red) and Victoria Royals teammates are drilled at practice ahead of this weekend’s Western Hockey League season-opening games against Prince George at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Vancouver Giants forward Cyle McNabb takes a point blank shot on Victoria Royals goaltender Brock Gould during a Western Hockey League mini tournament game last weekend in Langley. victoriaroyals.com

Royals solid in WHL pre-season games, now gear for home opener

Prince George Cougars, 3-2 winners Sunday, in Victoria for hockey rematch Sept. 21-22

Vancouver Giants forward Cyle McNabb takes a point blank shot on Victoria Royals goaltender Brock Gould during a Western Hockey League mini tournament game last weekend in Langley. victoriaroyals.com
Team White battles Team Blue in the annual Victoria Royals intrasquad game Wednesday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The game served as the final on-ice event for the Western Hockey League club’s training camp. The Royals open their pre-season exhibition schedule Friday in Kelowna. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

WHL’s Royals take next steps in building new roster

Victoria club begins pre-season exhibition season Friday in Kelowna

Team White battles Team Blue in the annual Victoria Royals intrasquad game Wednesday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The game served as the final on-ice event for the Western Hockey League club’s training camp. The Royals open their pre-season exhibition schedule Friday in Kelowna. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Action from the Tuesday session of the Victoria Royals main training camp at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Jay Wallace-Facebook/victoriaroyals

WHL Royals gear up for final day of training camp

Wednesday night’s intrasquad game culminates camp, cheap hot dogs, popcorn part of the package

Action from the Tuesday session of the Victoria Royals main training camp at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Jay Wallace-Facebook/victoriaroyals
Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips (in white) in action against Prince George during Western Hockey League action last year at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The teams will open the new season back in Victoria Sept. 21. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Royals announce 2018-19 WHL hockey schedule

Victoria to open on home ice Sept. 21 against Prince George

Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips (in white) in action against Prince George during Western Hockey League action last year at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The teams will open the new season back in Victoria Sept. 21. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Homegrown Victoria player leads Royals’ WHL 2018 Bantam Draft list

Homegrown Victoria player leads Royals’ WHL 2018 Bantam Draft list

Yale Academy defenceman Nolan Bentham taken 13th overall

Homegrown Victoria player leads Royals’ WHL 2018 Bantam Draft list
Victoria Royals general manager Cam Hope talks about the Western Hockey League team’s season end and what’s in the cards for next year. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Royals management already started on next season

Fans will see quite a different team hit the ice in September

Victoria Royals general manager Cam Hope talks about the Western Hockey League team’s season end and what’s in the cards for next year. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
The Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals conduct season-end interviews in their dressing room before going their separate ways from the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

WHL veterans reflect on career with Victoria Royals

Tyler Soy and Chaz Reddekopp spent five years each with Island major junior club

The Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals conduct season-end interviews in their dressing room before going their separate ways from the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria’s Kaid Oliver (34) and Tri City’s Nolan Yaremko battle in Western Hockey League playoff action in Kennewick, Wash. The Americans completed a 4-0 sweep of their Western Conference semifinal series, beating the Royals 5-3 on Wednesday. Photo by Doug Love/victoriaroyals.com

WHL season wraps up for Royals in 5-3 loss to Americans

Tri City breaks Game 4 tie with pair of third-period goals, sweeps series

Victoria’s Kaid Oliver (34) and Tri City’s Nolan Yaremko battle in Western Hockey League playoff action in Kennewick, Wash. The Americans completed a 4-0 sweep of their Western Conference semifinal series, beating the Royals 5-3 on Wednesday. Photo by Doug Love/victoriaroyals.com
Matthew Phillips (11) and the Victoria Royals can avoid a sweep against the Tri City Americans in Kennewick, Wash. with a win in game 4 on Wednesday night. The Americans took a 3-0 series lead Tuesday with a 6-5 home-ice victory. Spencer Pickles/Black Press

WHL Royals face elimination after game 3 loss to Americans

Victoria closing gap on Tri City, but running out of time with game 4 Wednesday night

Matthew Phillips (11) and the Victoria Royals can avoid a sweep against the Tri City Americans in Kennewick, Wash. with a win in game 4 on Wednesday night. The Americans took a 3-0 series lead Tuesday with a 6-5 home-ice victory. Spencer Pickles/Black Press
Victoria Royals forward Noah Gregor veers away from Vancouver Giants opponent Ty Ronning during Game 7 action in the teams’ Western Hockey League playoff series Tuesday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals won the game and series 4-3 to advance to the next round against Tri City Americans. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

WHL Royals gut out a game 7 win over Giants, move on to face Tri City

Captain Matthew Phillips leads team with pair of goals and a key blocked shot late in the game

Victoria Royals forward Noah Gregor veers away from Vancouver Giants opponent Ty Ronning during Game 7 action in the teams’ Western Hockey League playoff series Tuesday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals won the game and series 4-3 to advance to the next round against Tri City Americans. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Vancouver Giants centre James Malm wound up to take a slapshot against the Victoria Royals in WHL playoff action Monday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. The Royals won 4-3 in overtime to force a game seven Tuesday in Victoria. Troy Landreville Black Press

Staying alive: Royals stave off elimination

Victoria forces game seven after beating Giants in OT at Langley Events Centre

Vancouver Giants centre James Malm wound up to take a slapshot against the Victoria Royals in WHL playoff action Monday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. The Royals won 4-3 in overtime to force a game seven Tuesday in Victoria. Troy Landreville Black Press
Matthew Phillips and the Victoria Royals are on the ropes in the Western Hockey League playoffs, after suffering a 5-3 loss to Vancouver in game 5 on Saturday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game 6 goes Monday afternoon in Langley, with game 7, if necessary, back in Victoria on Tuesday night. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Late charge too little, too late for Royals in game 5 vs Giants

Vancouver on verge of advancing to WHL second round after game 5 win in Victoria

Matthew Phillips and the Victoria Royals are on the ropes in the Western Hockey League playoffs, after suffering a 5-3 loss to Vancouver in game 5 on Saturday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game 6 goes Monday afternoon in Langley, with game 7, if necessary, back in Victoria on Tuesday night. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
VIDEO: Giants fall flat against Royals

VIDEO: Giants fall flat against Royals

Vancouver delivers ‘C’ performance as Victoria evens series at two games apiece

VIDEO: Giants fall flat against Royals
VIDEO: Giants score huge game three victory

VIDEO: Giants score huge game three victory

Balanced scoring effort gives Vancouver 2-1 series lead over Victoria Royals in WHL quarter-finals

VIDEO: Giants score huge game three victory
Victoria Royals’ Matthew Phillips splits the Vancouver defence during Western Hockey League playoff action at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals won 5-4 Saturday to even the opening round playoff series at 1-1. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria Royals even the slate with Giants in WHL playoff series

5-4 win makes it 1-1; series shifts to Langley for games 3 and 4 next week

Victoria Royals’ Matthew Phillips splits the Vancouver defence during Western Hockey League playoff action at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals won 5-4 Saturday to even the opening round playoff series at 1-1. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria Royals Jeff DeWit (8) and Andrei Grishakov do their best to screen Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner during Western Hockey League Game 1 playoff action at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday. The Giants won 2-1 with Miner making 40 saves. Game 2 goes Saturday night in Victoria. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Giants draw first blood in WHL playoff series vs. Victoria

Home ice advantage non-existent for Royals against arch-rival Vancouver

Victoria Royals Jeff DeWit (8) and Andrei Grishakov do their best to screen Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner during Western Hockey League Game 1 playoff action at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday. The Giants won 2-1 with Miner making 40 saves. Game 2 goes Saturday night in Victoria. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Tyler Soy of the Victoria Royals has the lumber laid on him by Vancouver’s Matt Barberis after making a pass in the Giants’ zone in a game earlier this season. The teams open their best-of-seven Western Hockey League playoff series Friday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, with game 2 here Saturday. Don Denton/Black Press

Tight WHL playoff series expected between Royals and Giants

Regular season record belies the closeness of the games: Royals coach Dan Price

Tyler Soy of the Victoria Royals has the lumber laid on him by Vancouver’s Matt Barberis after making a pass in the Giants’ zone in a game earlier this season. The teams open their best-of-seven Western Hockey League playoff series Friday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, with game 2 here Saturday. Don Denton/Black Press