Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals would like to congratulate forward Tyler Soy on being named to Team WHL’s roster for the upcoming CIBC Canada Russia Series.
Team WHL faces Team Russia for the first two games of the annual series. Prince George, BC will kick-off the series on Monday, November 7th, while Edmonton, AB will welcome the WHL All-Stars and Team Russia for the second game on Tuesday, November 8th.
Soy’s appointment to Team WHL comes after he recorded 11 points (5g-6a) in the Royals’ first nine games of the season.
The native of Cloverdale, BC is coming off a summer that saw him drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the seventh round, 205th overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Soy was also one of 41 players who attended Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp for the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships.
The 6-0, 171 lb forward registered a career year in 2015-16 where he recorded 85 points (46g-29a) through 72 games and set a new Royals’ record for most goals scored in a season. Soy was also named the recipient of the Brad Hornung Trophy as the WHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player at the end of the season.
Originally selected by the Royals in the first round, eighth overall, at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Soy has taken part in 222 career WHL games and has registered 191 points (95g-96a).
Soy is the sixth player from the Royals’ franchise to play in the CIBC Canada Russia Series. Most recently, defenceman Joe Hicketts took part in the event in 2015 and 2014. Forward Steven Hodges played for Team WHL in 2012, while forwards Kevin Sundher, Ryan Howse and Mark Santorelli competed at the event in 2011, 2010 and 2007, respectively.
The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. For the third straight season, the event will open with two games in the WHL.
The 2016 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Prince George, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday November 8 at Edmonton, AB
Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at North Bay, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Hamilton, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 15 at Chicoutimi, QC
Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Baie-Comeau, QC
Victoria will continue their three-game homestand with a match-up against the Swift Current Broncos tomorrow for Country Night, and the Everett Silvertips on Saturday on Marty the Marmot’s birthday. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.