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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 ā€˜Cā€™ 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
Victoria Royals’ Andrei Grishakov (centre in white) and Dino Kambeitz mix it up with Everett’s Jake Christiansen in Western Hockey League action. The Silvertips won both ends of the teams’ regular season-ending series, 8-1, Saturday in Victoria and 3-2 at home on Friday. Don Denton/Black Press

Royals gear up for WHL playoffs after suffering season-worst loss

Victoria has a solid 7-3 record this year against opening-round opponent Vancouver

Victoria Royals’ Andrei Grishakov (centre in white) and Dino Kambeitz mix it up with Everett’s Jake Christiansen in Western Hockey League action. The Silvertips won both ends of the teams’ regular season-ending series, 8-1, Saturday in Victoria and 3-2 at home on Friday. Don Denton/Black Press
Royals captain Matthew Phillips scored twice, including the winner Sunday in a 4-3 victory over Prince George at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals won 4-3 in overtime against the Cougars last Friday and have just two regular season Western Hockey League games remaining. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Royals keep pace with Chiefs with weekend WHL wins

Pair of 4-3 wins over Prince George yield no better playoff position for Victoria

Royals captain Matthew Phillips scored twice, including the winner Sunday in a 4-3 victory over Prince George at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals won 4-3 in overtime against the Cougars last Friday and have just two regular season Western Hockey League games remaining. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria Royals’ forward Dante Hannoun takes on Spokane’s Dalton Hamaliuk during Western Hockey League action at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday night. Hannoun scored his 23rd goal and the Royals snapped a 3-3 tie in the third to win 7-3. The teams play here again Wednesday night. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Royals shrug off pesky Chiefs in third period to win WHL matchup

Playoff race in Western Conference tightening up, Kelowna slumping

Victoria Royals’ forward Dante Hannoun takes on Spokane’s Dalton Hamaliuk during Western Hockey League action at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday night. Hannoun scored his 23rd goal and the Royals snapped a 3-3 tie in the third to win 7-3. The teams play here again Wednesday night. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips (in white) and his teammates dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Prince George last night and meet the Cougars in the Interior city again tonight. The single point in Western Hockey League action clinched a playoff berth for the Royals. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Royals clinch WHL playoff spot with overtime loss in Prince George

Goaltenders duel at the CN Centre, Victoria plays P.G. Cougars again tonight

Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips (in white) and his teammates dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Prince George last night and meet the Cougars in the Interior city again tonight. The single point in Western Hockey League action clinched a playoff berth for the Royals. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Kole Lind has inked an entry level deal with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze) *** Local Caption ***

BC WHL player signs with Canucks

Kelowna Rockets top scorer this season, Kole Lind, signs NHL entry level deal with Vancouver

Kole Lind has inked an entry level deal with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze) *** Local Caption ***
Royals winger Dino Kambeitz races in on Vancouver Giants goalie Trent Miner during Saturday’s Western Hockey League game in Victoria. Kambeitz scored two goals, including the winner with 11 seconds to play, in a 4-3 victory. victoriaroyals.com

Thrilling finish to Royals weekend in Victoria

WHL club hosts Portland for a pair this Friday and Saturday at Save-On Centre

Royals winger Dino Kambeitz races in on Vancouver Giants goalie Trent Miner during Saturday’s Western Hockey League game in Victoria. Kambeitz scored two goals, including the winner with 11 seconds to play, in a 4-3 victory. victoriaroyals.com
Victoria Royals forward Tanner Kaspick scored twice in Wednesday’s 7-6 shootout loss to Edmonton at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals continue their Western Hockey League homestand with games against Red Deer on Friday and Vancouver on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Spencer Pickles/Black Press

Win eludes WHL Royals for second time this week

Victoria opens homestand with 7-6 shootout loss to lowly Edmonton

Victoria Royals forward Tanner Kaspick scored twice in Wednesday’s 7-6 shootout loss to Edmonton at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals continue their Western Hockey League homestand with games against Red Deer on Friday and Vancouver on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Spencer Pickles/Black Press
Royals forward Tyler Soy (17) awaits a pass in the slot against the Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League action Saturday in Victoria. The Royals won two of three long weekend games against the Rockets, who won 5-4 in Kelowna on Monday. Soy, who tallied eight points in three games last week, was named WHL On the Run Player of the Week. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Sweep of Rockets not in cards for WHL Royals

Busy week ahead for Victoria hockey club, Royals at home for five straight

Royals forward Tyler Soy (17) awaits a pass in the slot against the Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League action Saturday in Victoria. The Royals won two of three long weekend games against the Rockets, who won 5-4 in Kelowna on Monday. Soy, who tallied eight points in three games last week, was named WHL On the Run Player of the Week. Don Descoteau/Victoria News