Victoria Welcomes Back the WHL!

VICTORIA. BC (ISN) – Victoria hockey fans welcomed back the WHL on Friday night when a raucous crowd of 5396 cheered from start to finish as the Victoria Royals hosted the Kelowna Rockets in their only pre-season game at Save On Foods Memorial Center. Despite a 3-2 loss the Royals fans left with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the coming season.

Royals Director of Hockey Operations and Communications Jeff Harris commented on the new team and the WHL returning to Victoria, “I think you can tell by the number of people here tonight that the hockey fans of Victoria are excited about the return of the WHL. For the younger fans it is something new and exciting and for the fans that used to watch the Cougars it is a sort of homecoming.”

When asked about the marketing of the team Harris pointed to the organization being vigilant in getting the Royals name out there and promoting the team as much as possible during the summer. “Marty the Marmot has been a true asset to this team. He has become somewhat of an icon, and is really representative of not just the Royals but also the City of Victoria” remarked Harris “We felt it was important to get the word out that the WHL was back in Victoria and bringing Marty back and getting him out and about in the city has been important to the success of the team.”

“The fans are going to see some fantastic hockey and will be treated to watching some of the up and coming stars in the NHL. We will also see more teams with the WHL, there are a lot of people that grew up in some of these cities and watched the teams growing up and it will be exciting for them to get the chance to see their hometown teams play” said Harris.

If Friday night was any indication to what the WHL and the Royals will bring to Victoria then hockey fans should be very excited.