(Matthew Phillips for the Calgary Flames / NHL)

It will be a special kind of homecoming for former Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips tonight.

Phillips, who played three full seasons for the Royals and was a fixture as captain and fan-favourite for Victoria, was drafted by the Calgary Flames’ in 2016 – and it was announced this morning that he will be joining the Flames’ roster tonight in their pre-season game versus the Vancouver Canucks.

Though he attended Calgary’s training camp last year, the team sent him to the American Hockey League with the Stockton Heat for a season of development – there he scored 13 goals and 25 assists in 65 games.

See also:

Along with all of the of loyal Royals fans and Phillips’ friends, billet family Todd Higdon and Kelly Lazaro and their daughters Abby and Bella will be especially excited to see their former housemate hit the ice at the Barn on Blanshard this evening.

Tonight’s game at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will feature half of the training camp roster, with the other half playing in Calgary at Scotiabank Saddledome – it will be the first game in both of the teams preseason.

Though the Canucks vs. Flames exhibition game is sold out, you will be able to catch all the action of the boys in blue (and red!) live on Sportsnet – puck drops at 7 p.m.!

Where will you be cheering Phillips on tonight?!

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames NHL Preseason Game

  • When: Monday, September 16th, 2019
  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street