(Cam Hope at end of season media availability / Victoria Royals Hockey Club)

The Victoria Royals have announced a big change in leadership this morning, as Cam Hope will not be returning to the team next season.

Hope’s title consisted of President, General Manger and Alternate Governor, and he was hired by the franchise in 2012.

Though originally acquired as the former, he added President of the team to his resume in 2014.

Cameron Hope entered his eighth season as the General Manager of the Victoria Royals this year, and was the second general manager in the team’s history and fourth in the franchise’s history.

Though the current 2019-20 season was cut short due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, under Hope’s management, the Royals were able to secure a spot in the WHL Playoffs each season he was with the team.

Prior to joining the Royals organization, Hope was a member of the management team for the NHL’s New York Rangers from 2004 to 2011, first as Vice President of Hockey Administration, Research and Development.

In 2007, he was promoted to the Assistant General Manager’s position, and served four seasons in this role for New York. As the team’s Assistant General Manager, he oversaw the day-to-day work of the hockey operations department and assisted in all contract work for the Rangers as the hockey club’s salary cap specialist.

“We would like to thank Cameron for contributions and for guiding our franchise,” GSL Group President and CEO Graham S. Lee said in a statement.

“The COVID-19 crisis has given us the time to reassess our organization and to set a new direction. We are committed to finding strong leadership that will help the Royals reach their full potential both on-and-off the ice.”