Royals prepare for Rockets and Defence Team Appreciation Night

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by Corey St. Laurent

January 15, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Victoria Royals will host the CHL’s number one-ranked Kelowna Rockets on Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop for both games is set for 7:05 p.m.

Saturday’s game also marks the third annual Defence Team Appreciation Night in support of our local forces!

Discounted tickets are available for Defence Team Appreciation Night game for just $12.00 to anyone showing their Military I.D. at the Select Your Tickets box office. For more information call the box office at 250-220-7777. Discounted tickets are subject to availability.

The Kelowna Rockets, a budding BC Division rival for the Royals, roll into town for the second time this season this weekend boasting a squad that sits atop the BMO CHL Top-10 rankings. With a 36-5-0-2 record, the Rockets are on pace to break the WHL record for most wins and points in a season. Players to watch for on the Kelowna roster include a pair of New Jersey Devils prospects. Myles Bell, a recent Denny’s WHL Player of the Week, boasts one of the hardest shots in the WHL and paces the Rockets with 25 goals this year while rearguard Damon Severson has put up 35 points (11g-24a) in 36 games so far.

After splitting a pair of games with the U.S. Division-leading Portland Winterhawks and taking the season series three games to one, the Royals are poised to upset the Rockets this weekend and begin to close the gap on first place. Over the past 10 games, both the Royals and Rockets have gone 8-2-0-0 and Victoria currently holds the season series edge with a 2-1-0-1 record. Brandon Magee and recently-acquired defenceman Travis Brown still share the team scoring lead after last weekend with 39 points apiece. Goaltender Coleman Vollrath is coming off a pair of strong starts against Portland and still boasts the best numbers in the WHL with a 1.98 GAA and a .941 save percentage. Kelowna’s goaltender, Jordan Cooke, sits second behind Vollrath in the numbers department.

Friday, January 17th

During the first intermission on Friday night, young hockey players from Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey will participate in Tim Bits Minor Hockey presented by 100.3 The Q! During the second intermission, lucky fans will compete on the ice in the Ali Baba Pizza Delivery Dash where one fan will win a $50 gift card to Ali Baba Pizza!

During the game, fans will be able to purchase tickets for the End of the Roll 50/50 draw and foam pucks for the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck. The prize for the evening’s Chuck-A-Puck will be a one-night stay and spa treatment for two courtesy of Old House Village and a one-day adult lift pass to Mount Washington! Proceeds from the evening’s End of the Roll 50/50 will go towards the Eagle View Elementary PAC while the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck will support the 2006 Island Stars.

Saturday, January 18th – Defence Team Appreciation Night

The Royals are proud to pay tribute to our local Defence Team all night long on Saturday, it’s Defence Team Appreciation Night! There will be a variety of displays, vehicles and other items from the Canadian Forces in the concourse for fans to interact with. The Forces will also be honoured in the pre-game ceremonies including the ceremonial face-off, a pre-game video and the Naden Band performing “O Canada.”

The Royals are proud to honour the Canadian Forces by wearing limited edition jerseys during the game featuring the Tri Forces logo. Selected jerseys will be auctioned off live after the game and via silent auction, with proceeds going to the Military Family Resource Centre (http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/)! For full information and a schedule of the jersey auction, please visit www.victoriaroyals.com/jerseyauctions.

Again, discounted tickets are available for Defence Team Appreciation Night game for just $12.00 to anyone showing their Military I.D. at the Select Your Tickets box office. For more information call the box office at 250-220-7777. Discounted tickets are subject to availability.

The Royals have partnered with Heroes Inc. (http://www.heroesinc.ca/) to have costumed heroes at the game.  Fans are encouraged to meet and take pictures with the heroes in the concourse between 6-7 p.m.

During the first intermission on Friday night, young hockey players from Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey will participate in Tim Bits Minor Hockey presented by 100.3 The Q! The second intermission will feature the Forces Face-Off, an on-ice hockey skills competition between members of the Navy, Army and Air Force where the winning team will win tickets to An Evening with YES live at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on March 19th!

During the game, fans will be able to purchase tickets for the End of the Roll 50/50 draw and foam pucks for the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck. The prize for the evening’s Chuck-A-Puck will be a one-night stay and spa treatment for two courtesy of Old House Village and a one-day adult lift pass to Mount Washington! Proceeds from the evening’s End of the Roll 50/50 will go towards the Eagle View Elementary PAC while the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck will support the 2006 Island Stars.

Saturday night also marks the third Yates Street Taphouse Tweet Suite of the season! Fans can win their way into the Yates Street Taphouse Tweet Suite all week by following the Victoria Royals on Twitter (@victoriaroyals)! Lucky Tweet Suite winners will not only watch the game from the comfort of a luxury suite, but will also be visited by special guests, receive great prizes to take home, enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages and see their tweets on the video replay screens!

We are Royal Blue, are you? 2013-14 season ticket, mini-plan and group packages are now available! To guarantee yourself the best seats at the best prices call 250-220-7889, visit www.victoriaroyals.com, or head down to the Victoria Royals Ticketing Office located at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Kids Club memberships, for fans 12 years and younger, are also available for only $20 and include four child tickets, a T-shirt, newsletters from Marty the Marmot and much more!

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