(A packed Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre / Victoria Royals Twitter)

Hockey fans, rejoice!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once more, and the WHL’s season has officially commenced – with our very own Royals kicking it off with their first home game on Friday, September 27th against division rivals the Prince George Cougars.

The Victoria Royals began their 2019-20 WHL regular season this past Saturday, when they hit the road against the Silvertips in Everett.

Thought the Barn on Blanshard has been alive and well with plenty of hockey-related action as of late, with the Vancouver Canucks hosting not only their Training Camp in town, but kicking off their pre-season with a sold out game against the Calgary Flames, there is something to be said about the warm and fuzzy feeling of WHL hockey being back on the schedule – and on many people’s minds.

One thing many hockey fans take pleasure in while watching the Western Hockey League is the prospect of current WHL’ers making the jump to the big leagues one day – and newly acquired defenceman Will Warm was one of them.

Though by all things considered a new face around town, the Royals’  blue-liner has been well-acquainted with the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre this past month – Warm was not only acquired by the Royals from the Edmonton Oil Kings over the summer, he was also a Vancouver Canucks’ camp free-agent invitee – hitting the ice in Victoria for not only their training camp, but also their pre-season game last week against the Calgary Flames.

The Royals have made a few other exciting acquisitions in the off-season, perhaps one of the most prevalent the signing of local identical twin brothers Jason and Ryan Spizawka – the pair both played their minor hockey careers for the Victoria Racquet Club Minor Hockey Association.

On the heels of three fan-favourites departing last season due to age-outs, the Victoria Royals look to move forward with a roster hosting a few new faces amongst some of the more familiar ones – Kaid Oliver, Phillip Schultz and Brock Gould, just to name a few.

Single game tickets for the Royals’ regular season are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office and online – but grab them fast before they’re gone!

Anyone else counting down the days until Friday?

Victoria Royals Home Opener versus Prince George Cougars

  • When: Friday, September 27th – 7:05 p.m. puck drop.
  • Where: Save-on-Foods Memorial Center, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • Tickets: Available at the box office, or online

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