Start the car, hockey fans of Victoria!

Because Royals’ regular season hockey is BACK this weekend, after nearly a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The boys and blue will hit the ice for their home opener at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre this Saturday, October 2nd versus none other than familiar foe the Vancouver Giants.

Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m., and this game marks the first time in 581 days fans will be in the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a regular season game.

“We’re excited to be back in front of our tremendous fans,” said GM and Head Coach Dan Price.

“The pre-season has given us valuable preparation time. The team is enthusiastic and ready to compete. I’m looking forward to watching the level of competition and speed in this game and throughout the season.”

On top of some good ol’ fashioned hockey, the home opener will feature door prizes, a live DJ and Victoria’s beloved Marty the Marmot.

Additionally, the game will be dedicated to heroes of the pandemic who risked their lives to serve the Victoria community; guests such as the Royal Canadian Navy, a plumber, the Victoria Police Department, a trades worker, a server, a grocer, a pharmacist and many others will be in attendance.

Fans will see a few familiar faces on ice this game, including Gannon Laroque, veteran Graeme Bryks and forward Keanu Derungs.

There will also be a few new players on the bench, like brothers Wyatt and Anthony Wilson, forward Igor Zborovskiy and former Grande Prairie Storm forward Devin Aubin.

Tickets to Saturday’s home opener can be purchased online, or by calling the Select Your Tickets box office at (250) 220-2600. You can also stop by the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre ticket office Wednesday through Friday between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $25 for students, seniors and corner seats, $30 for sides and ring, and go up to $39 for Premium Club seating.

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will be welcoming a half-capacity crowd, in accordance with provincial public health guidelines. Additionally, the arena will require all employees and guests born 2009 or earlier to show proof of vaccination before entering.

Guests required to show proof of full (two dose) vaccination by providing their vaccine passport plus ID.

Those that are 12 and over will also be required to wear a mask at all times.

Victoria Royals vs. Vancouver Giants – Home Opener

  • When: Saturday, October 2nd; puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • Tickets: Available online and at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre box office

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