Victoria Royals (Jay Wallace Island Images)

Cancel your dinner plans and get to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre early tonight!

The Victoria Royals are dishing out packs of collectible Royals 2017-18 player cards to the first 2000 fans this evening.

In a perfect world, you’d unearth an autographed rookie card that becomes worth thousands of dollars in 2043 after a current Victoria Royal has a storied NHL career and gets elected into the Hall of Fame.

Or perhaps more likely, you and your pals get a pack each, and you battle for coveted bragging rights over who got the best group of players.

Either way, it seems like a pleasant start to your evening of hockey.

You can get tickets to tonight’s game here!

It’s teddy bear tossin’ time

Tonight is also the 7th annual Teddy Bear Toss Night, where thousands of teddy bears will be thrown onto the ice once the Royals score their first goal of the game.

Either new or gently used teddies can be hurled, and if you didn’t come equipped with one, Mini Marty’s will be on sale at the game.

The bears will be distributed to a variety of local charities including Salvation Army, the Mustard Seed, the paediatrics ward at Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Queen Alexandra Foundation, Single Parent Resource Centre, Women in Need, Victoria Police Department, and the Victoria Women’s Transition House.

😀🐻 Our Teddy Bear Toss is coming up this Friday! Get those stuffies ready!

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Victoria Royals vs. Kootenay Ice breakdown

Victoria Royals

  • Record: 18-10-3-0
  • Last 10: 4-4-2-0
  • Ranking: 1st in B.C. Division
  • Power play: 21.9%, 12th overall
  • Penalty kill: 76.0%, 14th overall
  • Goal leaders: Matthew Phillips (21), Regan Nagy (18), Dante Hannoun (13)
  • Assist leaders: Matthew Phillips (26), Dante Hannoun (24), Tyler Soy (20)
  • Points leaders: Matthew Phillips (47), Dante Hannoun (37), Tyler Soy (31)
  • Last game: 4-1 Loss at Lethbridge Hurricanes

Kootenay Ice

  • Record: 13-6-1-0
  • Last 10: 5-5-0-0
  • Ranking: 3rd in Central Division
  • Power play: 13.5%, 22nd overall
  • Penalty kill: 80.0%, 8th overall
  • Goal leaders: Alec Baer (12), Colton Veloso (8), Colton Kroeker (7)
  • Assist leaders: Colton Kroeker (20), Peyton Krebs (17), Alec Baer (12)
  • Points leaders: Colton Kroeker (27), Alec Baer (24), Petyon Krebs (23)
  • Last game: 3-1 Loss at Prince George Cougars

The puck will drop at 7:05pm tonight.