The Victoria Royals are a Canadian major junior ice hockey team currently members of the B.C. Division of the Western Conference in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The team began play during the 2011–12 season after the League announced the relocation of the Chilliwack Bruins to Victoria. It marked the return of the WHL to Vancouver Island, 17 years after the departure of the Victoria Cougars. The Royals are based in Victoria, British Columbia, and play their home games at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Victoria Royals
CityVictoria, British Columbia, Canada
LeagueWestern Hockey League
Home arenaSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
ColoursRoyal blue, silver, white, black
Owner(s)Graham Lee (Chairman - GSL Group)
General managerCam Hope
Head coachDan Price
CaptainPhillip Schultz
Franchise history
2006–2011Chilliwack Bruins
2011–presentVictoria Royals


Marc Habscheid, head coach of the Royals during their inaugural season.
Dave Lowry, Royals head coach from 2012–17.

Victoria was left without a WHL team when the Cougars franchise relocated to Prince George in 1994.[1] The city acquired a professional ECHL team in the Victoria Salmon Kings in 2004 when the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was opened, but the city had made inquiries about returning the WHL to Vancouver Island in the past.[1]

While two minority owners of the Chilliwack Bruins hoped to purchase the team and keep it in Chilliwack following the 2010–11 season, they were outvoted by the remaining partners who opted to sell the team to a group planning to relocate the franchise.[2] On April 20, 2011, the WHL announced the approval of both the sale, and the relocation of the Bruins to Victoria.[3]

The relocation was brought about partially by the WHL's desire to protect the Victoria market, as the league feared that a potential summer relocation of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg could result in the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Manitoba Moose moving to Victoria.[4] The Moose ultimately moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and became the St. John's IceCaps, when the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg to become the second incarnation of the Jets.

The Royals played their first game, a 5–2 loss against the Vancouver Giants in Vancouver on September 23, 2011. They won their first game in franchise history on September 24, 2011, defeating the Giants 5–3, in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,006 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

On March 16, 2012, the Royals defeated the Portland Winterhawks 3–1, thus clinching their first ever playoff berth and the first in Victoria since 1989. The first-ever playoff goal was scored by Robin Soudek, while Jamie Crooks recorded the first playoff hat-trick in Royals history in Game 3. In spite of this, the Royals were swept in the first round by the Kamloops Blazers.

Head CoachesEdit

On June 22, 2012, Marc Habscheid, the first head coach and general manager of the Royals, left both positions to take an executive position with GSL Holdings Ltd., the parent company of the Royals' ownership group. The Royals named Cam Hope, formerly an assistant general manager of the NHL's New York Rangers, as their new GM on July 6.

On July 19, 2012, the Royals named Dave Lowry as head coach for the 2012–13 season.[5] Lowry coached the Royals for five seasons, leading the team to franchise highs in wins and points on the way to a Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL regular season champions in 2015-16. After failing to achieve significant playoff success with the Royals, Lowry left the club to take a job as an assistant coach with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings in 2017.[6]

On June 12, 2017, the Royals promoted assistant coach Dan Price to the head coaching position. Price became the fourth head coach in franchise history, and third since the team relocated from Chilliwack to Victoria.[7]

Players and personnelEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated January 9, 2020[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
8   Nolan Bentham D R 16 2018 Victoria, British Columbia Eligible 2021
21   Alex Bolshakov RW R 17 2017 Seattle, Washington Eligible 2020
26   Graeme Bryks C L 18 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Eligible 2020
29   Brandon Cutler LW L 20 2018 Spruce Grove, Alberta Eligible 2020
22   Keanu Derungs LW L 17 2019 Kloten, Switzerland Eligible 2020
39   Adam Evanoff G R 19 2020 Penticton, British Columbia Eligible 2020
19   River Fahey RW L 18 2019 Campbell River, British Columbia Eligible 2020
1   Shane Farkas G L 20 2019 Penticton, British Columbia Undrafted FA
18   Tarun Fizer RW R 18 2016 Chestermere, Alberta Eligible 2020
28   Riley Gannon RW R 17 2019 Nanaimo, British Columbia Eligible 2020
24   Carson Golder D L 16 2018 Terrace, British Columbia Eligible 2021
17   Sean Gulka   LW L 19 2018 Langley, British Columbia Eligible 2020
23   Gary Haden C L 20 2019 Airdrie, Alberta Undrafted FA
2   Jacob Herauf D L 19 2019 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2020
7   Noah Lamb D L 18 2017 Camrose, Alberta Eligible 2020
16   Carson Miller C R 19 2019 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
12   Cage Newans RW R 16 2018 Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Eligible 2021
34   Kaid Oliver   C L 19 2015 White Rock, British Columbia Eligible 2020
5   Mitchell Prowse D L 19 2015 Kelowna, British Columbia Eligible 2020
27   Phillip Schultz (C) LW L 19 2018 Rødovre, Denmark Eligible 2020
9   Matthew Smith D L 19 2015 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
  Brayden Tracey LW L 18 2020 Calgary, Alberta 2019, 29th Overall, ANA
4   Will Warm D L 20 2019 West Vancouver, British Columbia Undrafted FA
20   Ty Yoder RW R 17 2017 Tofield, Alberta Eligible 2020

Team captainsEdit

  • Hayden Rintoul, 2011–2012
  • Tyler Stahl, 2012–2013
  • Jordan Fransoo, 2013–2014
  • Joe Hicketts, 2014–2016
  • Ryan Gagnon, 2016–2017
  • Matthew Phillips, 2017–2018
  • Phillip Schultz, 2019–present

Head coachesEdit

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2011–12 72 24 41 3 4 233 325 55 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final (0–4, KAM)
2012–13 72 35 30 2 5 223 252 77 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final (2–4, KAM)
2013–14 72 48 20 1 3 238 181 100 2nd B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–0, SPO)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (1–4, POR)
2014–15 72 39 29 3 1 244 219 82 2nd B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–1, PRG)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (1–4, KEL)
2015–16 72 50 16 3 3 281 166 106 1st B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–2, SPO)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (3–4 KEL)
2016–17 72 37 29 5 1 239 219 80 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final (2–4, EVT)
2017–18 72 39 27 4 2 287 264 84 2nd B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–3, VAN)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (0–4, TRI)
2018–19 68 34 30 2 2 199 227 72 2nd B.C. Won Western Conference quarter-final (4–2, KAM)
Lost Western Conference semi-final (0–4, VAN)

NHL Draft picksEdit

The following is a list of players drafted from the Victoria Royals by NHL teams.[citation needed]

Note: The list does not include players drafted from the Chilliwack Bruins, or players acquired by the Royals that were already drafted while with a previous team. The list also does not include undrafted players who subsequently signed as free agents with NHL clubs.

NHL alumniEdit

The following is a list of players from the Victoria Royals who have played in the National Hockey League.

Club recordsEdit

Note: The following club records do not include statistics from the Chilliwack Bruins and are complete through the end of the 2018–19 WHL season.





  • Most goals: 151, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Most assists: 176, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Most points: 327, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Most penalty minutes: 470, Austin Carroll, 2011–15
  • Most games played, skater: 323, Tyler Soy, 2012–18
  • Best goals against average: 2.73, Coleman Vollrath, 2012–16
  • Most shutouts: 10, Griffen Outhouse, 2015–19
  • Most games played, goaltender: 196, Griffen Outhouse, 2015–19
  • Most saves, goaltender: 5,595, Griffen Outhouse, 2015–19[9]

Awards and honoursEdit


Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
WHL Regular Season Champion

St. Clair Group Trophy
WHL Marketing/Business Award

WHL Scholastic Team of the Year


Brad Hornung Trophy
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player

Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
WHL Coach of the Year

Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
WHL Rookie of the Year

Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
WHL Executive of the Year

WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team

WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Epp, Sharie (April 1, 2011). "Western Hockey League's Bruins moving to Victoria: report". Victoria Times-Colonist. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Olsen, Tyler (April 1, 2011). "Keith confirms Bruins have been sold, confidentiality agreements now in place". The Province. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Olsen, Tyler (April 20, 2011). "WHL's Chilliwack Bruins are no more, moving to Victoria". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Maki, Allan (April 20, 2011). "Phoenix failure felt as far away as Victoria". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
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  8. ^ "Victoria Royals 2019 - 20 Regular Season". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Victoria Royals all-time player roster". Retrieved March 20, 2016.

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