(Micah Zandee-Hart/Team Canada)

The Victoria Royals will be among a different kind of royalty this weekend!

On Saturday, February 26th, Olympic gold medallist and Saanichton native, Micah Zandee-Hart, will be in attendance as the Royals take on the Vancouver Giants.

The Royals will look to honour her incredible achievements with Team Canada women’s hockey at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

Saanichton’s Zandee-Hart skated to the top honour to help her team win gold after defeating the United States 3-2.

It was Team Canada’s fourth gold medal at this year’s games and its fifth gold in Olympic women’s hockey since it was added to the program at Nagano 1998.

Zandee-Hart, a 25-year-old defenceman, is a seasoned player with an extensive hockey background packed with wins and medals.

She has a long list of hockey success and was named Canada’s captain for the 2015 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship.

With Canada’s Under-22/Development Team, Zandee-Hart captured a gold medal at the 2016 Nations Cup.

Prior to the event, the team participated in a series of exhibition games against the national teams of Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

On January 11th, 2022, Zandee-Hart was officially named to Canada’s 2022 Olympic team, and the rest is history.

That same night, the Royals will also be hosting their “Hockey For All” game where they celebrate inclusivity and diversity in the sport of hockey.

Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. this Saturday, and tickets are still available online.

Tomorrow evening’s game will also be the first back at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre since it was announced by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix that 100% capacity will once again be allowed at large indoor events.

“This is an exciting time for our hockey club and our team is looking forward to welcoming as many fans as possible to our next home game,” said Dan Price, head coach and GM of the Victoria Royals.

“The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre is ready to operate at full capacity. We will continue to follow provincial guidelines for all of our games and live events to ensure the continued safety of our visitors.”

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