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Jake Heisinger officially named General Manager of the Victoria Royals

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It’s official, Jake Heisinger is now the official General Manager of the Victoria Royals.

In an announcement Wednesday, the Victoria Royals announced they promoted Jake Heisinger as the team’s General Manager

Heisinger was brought in by the Royals last offseason as the Associate General Manager.

Prior to him joining the Royals, he served as the Vice President of Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager of the ICE, after the team’s relocation from Kootenay where Heisinger had served as the club’s Manager of Hockey Operations and Director of Scouting since 2017.

During his tenure with the ICE, the team captured the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy in back-to-back seasons for the best record in the WHL as well as trips to the Eastern Conference Final and WHL Championship.

“Last summer, we began the process of charting a new direction for the Victoria Royals, which included a new leadership structure with Jake’s onboarding” said Vice-President of Hockey Operations, Joey Poljanowski.

“This move represents another step forward for the team in promoting an individual who’s proven leadership and vision will best guide us towards our ultimate goal of bringing a Memorial Cup to Victoria.”

When he was brought in last year, his primary responsibility was scouting and player development, an area he excelled in with the Ice, helping to identify and nurture top talents like Connor Geekie, Matthew Savoie, Carson Lambos, and Zach Benson.

Before venturing into the Hockey Operations side of the sport, Heisinger had a successful playing career, both in major junior and NCAA III hockey.

While short lived, the Royals returned to the post season this year for the first time since 2019 under new leadership of Poljanowski, Heisinger and James Patrick.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work collaboratively with Joey, Jeep (James Patrick) and the rest of our staff as we strive towards becoming one of the top programs in the CHL,” said Heisinger.

“We have taken some good steps in the right direction this season, but we still have a ways to go to get to where we want to eventually get too.”

With the announcement, Heisinger will become the third General Manager in Royals history.

Heisinger and the staff will now turn their attention to the WHL Prospects Draft which is slated for May 9th.

The Royals head into the 2024 Draft with 7 picks in the first 4 rounds including 2 first round selections, 8th, and 18th overall, the most picks in the top 4 rounds in the organization’s history.

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