Victoria to open season against Portland

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Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals today announced that the club’s 2015-16 home opener will be played at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, September 25th versus the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05 p.m.

Friday, September 25th will mark the start of the Royals’ 2015-16 Western Hockey League regular season schedule and the first time the team has opened its campaign at home since moving to Vancouver Island. This will also mark the first time that Victoria has opened its home schedule versus the Portland Winterhawks.

The Royals’ home opener is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. Single game tickets will go on sale in August, however fans can secure their spot at this year’s home opener in advance by joining the Royal Family as a season ticket holder or by purchasing a mini-plan of tickets.

The WHL will release its complete 2015-16 schedule in the coming weeks.

Royals’ forward Tyler Soy and defenceman Chaz Reddekopp have been ranked by NHL Central Scouting for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, FL on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th. The two skaters were recently part of 120 invitees to participate in the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo, NY. The combine tested the players’ fitness levels through a series of exercises and medical exams. In addition, it gave NHL amateur scouts and general managers an opportunity for 1-on-1 interviews with each prospect.

Out of the 10 fitness exercises at the combine, Soy and Reddekopp finished in the top 10 on two occasions each. Soy ranked sixth and seventh in both agility and balance events, while Reddekopp finished second in Anaerobic Fitness: Mean Power Output and tied for seventh in Aerobic Fitness: Test Duration.

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