October 26, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals would like to congratulate forward Steven Hodges who was today named to Team WHL’s roster for the upcoming SUBWAY ® Super Series against the Russian National Junior Team. The 18-year-old will appear in the sixth and final game of the series on November 15th, 2012 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
The SUBWAY® Super Series features regional teams of CHL All-Stars competing against the Russian National Junior Team in a six-game event serving as an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The OHL hosts the middle leg of the six-game series with the first two games hosted by the QMJHL, and the final two games played in the WHL. Last season the CHL prevailed with their eighth series win in nine years of this event earning a 10-8 victory in points which included three regulation wins, two losses, and one defeat by shootout. Team Canada later captured bronze at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton, AB.
Victoria’s Steven Hodges will play in the Subway Super Series against Russia on November 15th in Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“We are very proud of Steven’s accomplishment,” said Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope. “He has earned this opportunity to play for Team WHL and we wish him the best when he faces Team Russia here in Victoria.”
Hodges will make his first Super Series appearance in the Royals’ home arena on November 15th. Hodges’ appointment to Team WHL comes after recording four points (3g-1a) in five games so far this season.
The Delta, BC native is coming off of a summer that saw his name called at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Hodges was selected by the Florida Panthers with their third round, 84th overall, pick following a 2011-12 season that saw him record 46 points (21g-25a) and appear in all 72 regular season games for the Royals. The 6-0, 178 lb centre also tallied four assists in four games during the 2012 WHL Playoffs.
Drafted by the Chilliwack Bruins in the first round, ninth overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Hodges has registered 63 points (29g-34a) over 140 games with the Royals/Bruins franchise.
Hodges becomes the fourth player from the Royals’ franchise to play in the SUBWAY ® Super Series. Forward Kevin Sundher played for Team WHL last year while forwards Ryan Howse and Mark Santorelli competed at the event in 2010 and 2007, respectively.
Team WHL faces Team Russia the final two games of the 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series. Vancouver will play host to the fifth game of the series on Wednesday, November 14th while Victoria will welcome the WHL All-Stars and Team Russia for the final game on Thursday, November 15th. The 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Bank of Montreal, Old Dutch and Post. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet with QMJHL games shown on TVA Sports.
The schedule for the 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, QC
Game 2 – Wednesday November 7 at Val-d’Or, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Guelph, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Sarnia, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 14 at Vancouver, BC
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Victoria, BC
Game tickets for Thursday, November 15th contest in Victoria are available in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, over the phone by calling (250) 220-7777 or online at http://www.selectyourtickets.com/sss.php. For more information please visit www.subwaysuperseries.ca.
The Royals now head out on the road for seven straight games before returning home on Friday, November 16th to face the Everett Silvertips. Single game tickets and mini-packs are now on sale. Guarantee yourself the best seats by visiting www.victoriaroyals.com, calling 250-220-7889, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before it’s too late!