(Victoria Royals)

Hockey fans of Victoria, where you at?

If you’ve been missing the sweet sounds and sights of a live hockey game, we’re here to tell you you won’t have to wait much longer.

The Victoria Royals have announced their return to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre this fall, and will officially open the 2021-22 regular season at home on Saturday, October 2nd at 7:05 p.m.

The team’s full season schedule is to be announced at a later date.

The home opener will be played against none other than bitter rivals the Vancouver Giants, and this will be the first time the team has played an official regular season game at the arena since the 2019-20 season stopped short an due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This announcement follows on the heels of the WHL declaring that the 2021-22 WHL Regular Season will kick off on Friday, October 1st.

Though the Royals have not yet announced specifics regarding capacity or possible health regulations at games, with the anticipated lifting of health restrictions across BC, the upcoming WHL season will have a 68-game schedule with full capacity in a safe environment.

“This is an exciting time for our hockey club and knowing that we will be playing in front of our great fans this fall has created a buzz within our team,” said Dan Price, General Manager and Head Coach of the Victoria Royals.

“We’ve missed hearing the roar of the crowd and being able to show our appreciation to the people of Victoria. We have a talented young team excited to perform during the 2021-2022 season.”

On Monday, June 21st, the WHL pre-season schedule will also be announced, and fans can expect to see the full 2021-22 WHL regular season schedule released on Wednesday, June 23rd.

Royals season ticket holders will receive renewal packages in the coming weeks, and season seats for new seat holders will go on sale shortly after.

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