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The Victoria Royals have officially announced today that the team’s head coach, Dan Price, has agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

Price began his tenure as the Royals’ head coach in 2017-18, following serving as assistant coach in the 2016-17 season under the former head coach Dave Lowry.

As well as leading the team to an 89-67-8-4 regular season record, Price has also led them to advance to the second round of the playoffs in each season under his guidance.

“We’re very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Dan Price,” Victoria Royals President and General Manager Cameron Hope said.

“Dan is an exceptionally talented coach who brings intelligence, dedication and ingenuity to our organization. He continues to grow and excel every day, and we are fortunate to have Dan continuing with us at this stage in his career.”

The 45-year-old head coach has worked for nearly a decade with the WHL – working as a scout for the Regina Pats from 2003-2006, then starting his coaching career with the Chilliwack Bruins as an assistant coach for two seasons from 2006-2008.

It was in the 2008-09 season that the Bruins promoted Price to associate coach, and during that season Price also served as an assistant coach for Hockey Canada’s Team Pacific at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Price also served as an assistant coach with the Tri-City Americans for two seasons from 2012-2014, after three seasons as General Manager and Head Coach of the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, from 2009-2012.

Also a former junior hockey goaltender himself, Price played three seasons with the Trail Smoke Eaters and Fort St. John Huskies of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League – he concluded his playing career in U Sports at the University of Regina.

The Royals will play their last two games before the holiday break tonight, December 17th and Wednesday, December 18th against the Spokane Chiefs in back-to-back contests.

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