The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that the club has signed defenceman Parker Malchuk (2001), goaltender Connor Martin (2002) and forward Cage Newans (2003) to Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreements!
The 5-9, 160 lb defenceman was listed to the Royals’ 50-man protected player list last year. Each WHL team is allowed to protect 50 players, which includes individuals who have either been signed, drafted or listed by their respective club.
“Parker is a mobile defender who had a good training camp after showing very nice development last season,” President and General Manager Cameron Hope said. “We are pleased to have Parker as part of our organization.”
Last season, the product of Birtle, MB played for the Yellowhead Chiefs Midget AAA team of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League (MMHL). In 41 games with the Chiefs, Malchuk recorded 32 points (13g-19a) and 46 penalty minutes. He also skated in three playoff games with the club and registered three assists.
The 2002-born netminder was listed to the Royals’ 50-man protected player list in the summer of 2017 after attending the team’s training camp.
“Connor continues to impress with hard work and dedication toward fulfilling his potential as a goaltender,” Hope said. “We are happy to welcome him to the Royals’ family.”
The native of Kelowna, BC spent last season with the Calgary Royals Minor Midget AAA Blue team of the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League (AMMHL). With the Royals, Martin posted a goals against average of 3.59 to go along with a 0.913 save percentage.
The Qualicum Beach, BC product was drafted by the Royals in the seventh round, 147th overall, at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
“Cage is dynamic young player with good hockey instincts and a quick release. He had a very good training camp,” Hope said. “We are glad to have Cage and his family join our organization.”
The 5-11, 165 lb forward played for the Delta Bantam Prep team of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2017-18. Newans scored 35 points (14g-21a) and added 52 penalty minutes in 30 contests. He finished first in team scoring during the regular season and led his club in assists. In one game with the Delta Academy Elite 15’s, Newans recorded an assist.