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While Victoria will get its first look at its brand new WHL team during August training camps, the @Vancouver real action for fans will start with exhibition play, vs. Vancouver Sept. 16. @Prince George The Victoria Royals will play in five exhibition @Prince George games, all against B.C. Division opponents, begin@Kamloops ning on the road in Kamloops Sept. 2. The team will vs. Medicine Hat then travel to Kelowna to meet the Rockets Sept. 3. vs. Medicine Hat The Royals will take on the Vancouver Giants in @ Seattle a pair of games the following weekend with the Gi@Vancouver ants hosting the Friday, Sept. 9 tilt in Ladner and vs. Kelowna the Royals hosting the Saturday night rematch in vs. Kelowna Maple Ridge. @Vancouver The final game of the exhibition season will of@Kelowna fer Victoria fans the first chance to see the Royals @Tri-City @Spokane in action at home as the Rockets come to the Savevs. Seattle on-Foods Memorial Centre Sept. 16. The puck will vs. Seattle drop at 7:05 and ticket inforvs. Vancouver mation will be released a r Int ls vs. Vancouver a y closer to the date. o R he vs. Edmonton The Royals’ 2011-12 Watch t uad Game vs. Red Deer sq regular season starts vs. Red Deer in Vancouver Sept. 23, ESDAY @Vancouver WEDN with the first regular vs. Kootenay season home game Sept. 24

HOME GAMES Friday, Sept. 23 Saturday, Sept. 24 Friday, Sept. 30 Saturday, Oct. 1 Sunday, Oct. 2 Thursday, Oct. 6 Friday, Oct. 7 Saturday, Oct. 8 Monday, Oct. 10 Friday, Oct. 14 Saturday, Oct. 15 Friday, Oct. 21 Saturday, Oct. 22 Tuesday, Oct. 25 Wednesday, Oct. 26 Friday, Oct. 28 Saturday, Oct. 29 Friday, Nov. 4 Saturday, Nov. 5 Tuesday, Nov. 8 Saturday, Nov. 12 Sunday, Nov. 13 Friday, Nov. 18 Saturday, Nov. 19 Friday, Nov. 25 Saturday, Nov. 26 Tuesday, Nov. 29 Wednesday, Nov. 30 Friday, Dec. 2 Saturday, Dec. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 6 Wednesday, Dec. 7 Friday, Dec. 9 Saturday, Dec. 10 Wednesday, Dec. 14 Friday, Dec. 16 Saturday, Dec. 17 Wednesday, Dec. 28 Friday, Dec. 30 Tuesday, Jan. 3 Friday, Jan. 6 Saturday, Jan. 7 Friday, Jan. 13 Saturday, Jan. 14 Tuesday, Jan. 17 Wednesday, Jan. 18 Friday, Jan. 20 Saturday, Jan. 21 Friday, Jan. 27 Saturday, Jan. 28 Tuesday, Jan. 31 Wednesday, Feb. 1 Friday, Feb. 3 Saturday, Feb. 4 Tuesday, Feb. 7 Wednesday, Feb. 8 Wednesday, Feb. 15 Friday, Feb. 17 Saturday, Feb. 18 Wednesday, Feb. 22 Friday, Feb. 24 Saturday, Feb. 25 Tuesday, Feb. 28 Wednesday, Feb. 29 Saturday, Mar. 3 Sunday, Mar. 4 Wednesday, Mar. 7 Friday, Mar. 9 Saturday, Mar. 10 Sunday, Mar. 11 Wednesday, Mar. 14 Friday, Mar. 16

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when the Giants visit the Save-OnFoods Memorial Centre. The Royals’ longest home stretch will be Oct. 28 to Nov. 13 when the team hosts seven games, welcoming the Seattle Thunderbirds Oct. 28 and 29, the Vancouver Giants Nov. 4 and 5, the Edmonton Oil Kings on Nov. 8 and the Red Deer Rebels for two games Nov. 12 and 13. The team travels east for their longest roadtrip of the year in January. The Royals kick off the 13-day, six-game journey in Regina on Jan. 13, moving on to Brandon, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert before ending the trip on Jan. 21 versus Saskatoon. In all, the boys in blue will play a 72-game regular season schedule, with their final game at home March 16 against Portland.

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Royals coach & GM skates into Victoria By Jennifer Blyth Growing up in Swift Current, Sask., Victoria Royals coach and GM Marc Habscheid lived the Canadian hockey story. His parents had moved to Canada from Luxembourg, and as a boy, Habscheid would spend his spare time playing hockey on frozen ponds. “I just played for the love of the game,” he says. Those six words – “for the love of the game” – were key to his success in Royals coach and GM Marc Habscheid. the sport, and he encourhe got the call to come skate, he got ages others with athletic aspirations a jersey and was told, “go ahead, show to hold close a similar passion. us what you can do, kid,” he recalls. Back in the ‘60s, without internet However the drive that makes or video games as distractions, those players truly successful at the sport lucky enough to have a pair of skates remains constant, notes the father would find a place to use them. of two, including Royal Zach HabHabscheid would hone his talents scheid. “It’s called passion; it’s called through Swift Current minor hockey love for the game. I don’t think that before getting the call to join the Sashas changed.” katoon Blades. He would go on to By no means new to the dual rolee play 345 NHL games with Edmonof coach & GM, Habscheid held thee ton, Minnesota, Detroit and Calgary position with the Chilliwack Bruinss over his 15 professional seasons. for the past two seasons, where he led d The road to the WHL then was a lot the club to the WHL playoffs in both h different than many of today’s players seasons. take, as is the sport itself. There was no During his 13-year coaching caBantam draft, for example, so when

reer, Habscheid led the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets to their only Memorial Cup Championship in 2003-04 and that season was named the CHL and WHL Coach of the Year. “The last two years in Chilliwack we saw a marked improvement on the ice with this franchise, and I look forward to continuing to build this team and program in Victoria,” says Habscheid, 48, who also spent time as the associate coach for the Boston Bruins during their 200607 campaign. At the national level, Habscheid was named an assistant coach for Canada’s Under-20 World Junior team in 2001, becoming head coach in 2003, leading Canada to a silver medal at

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the World Junior Hockey Championships. He coached Canada to gold medals in consecutive World Hockey Championships (2005 and 2006), and was a member of the coaching staff for Canada’s 2006 Olympic squad in Turin, Italy. Habscheid won a gold medal as the assistant coach for Canada’s 1999 National U-18 Team and became the first person in Canadian hockey history to both play and coach for the National World Junior team. Excited to be coming to Victoria, with “the city, the ownership, the building – everything – there’s a lot of upsides, a lot of potential,” Habscheid says. While it’s been a bit of a whirlwind since it was announced he and the team were moving to the capital, “the (Victorians) I talk to say they’re excited to have the WHL back. “The ECHL is a good league and good entertainment value but it is an older group. These (players) still have that road ahead of them so they’re still trying to live their dream.”

MARC HABSCHEID: M F Favourite NHL team? A traditionalist, any of the Original S Six teams. FFavourite hockey memory? Habscheid counts himself llucky to have made many hockey memories over the years. W Who do you look up to as a coach/GM? “All of them, rreally. I played with a lot of different owners and many ccoaches and I learned something from each of them.” Quote: “It’s called passion; it’s called love for the game.”

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EJC Developments is pleased to welcome the Royals to Victoria! By Jennifer Blyth Growing up playing hockey in Winnipeg and Vernon, Victoria Royals equipment manager Matt Auerbach has continued to enjoy considerable success in the sport...off the ice. Starting first with the Vernon Vipers, helping the team organize gear and prepare for practices and games, Auerbach decided that if he was going to make a career as an equipment manager, a little education to back up his experience was a good idea. Sports Administration studies at Calgary’s Mount Royal College led to a position with the college’s men’s team – and two national championships. Fast forward several years, Auerbach was there from the

beginning when the Chilliwack Bruins joined the Western Hockey League as a brand new organization, and he’s now w thrilled to be bringing the excitement to Victoria. “I enjoy the game and over the years I’ve just had a real passion coming to work every day,” he says. “Not everyone gets to do something they love and I’ve been fortunate to be able to do that.” Even better, as his wife is from Port Alberni, being able to work in the WHL right here on the Island “is the best of both worlds for us.” While each day is different depending on what the schedule has in store, Auerbach is responsible for making sure the players and staff are taken care of, ordering supplies, sharpen-

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ing skates, and preparing the dressing rooms before games with towels, Gatorade, tape and other essentials for both teams, a measure he appreciates in return. “When I’m going on the road from town to town, the less stuff I have to take the better.” Then there’s the laundry. Lots of laundry. In fact, on a game day, Auerbach estimates he and his assistants might wash and dry between 10 and 12 loads. And there’s the challenge

of keeping the dressing room smelling respectable – especially when some players prefer not to wash their gear in case it changes the way it feels and works! Getting to know the players is essential to helping practices and games run smoothly, as each person will have their own preferences, from stick blades to skate sharpenings. “I have everything on file but if I can memorize it, it just makes my life a lot easier,” he says. Over the years, “there’s been

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Matt Auerbach in the equipment room. But before that, Auerbach a lot of great moments,” including the two national cham- has another milestone to reach pionships with Mt. Royal and first. This month, he’s off to the “the first game in Chilliwack Czech Republic to serve as the – starting off a new organiza- equipment manager for the Cation,” Auerbach recalls. “And nadian U18 team – sounds like I’m assuming the first game the makings for some brand new hockey memories! here will be just as special.”

ON ICE: Royals’ medical co-ordinator keeps the skates flying sport, Hermann looked to where he could make a difference, recalling an experience as a teen when a shoulder injury threatened to sideline him for many months. A visit to an athletic therapist had him back on the field much quicker, and “when I saw what the field could do for people, I was hooked,” Hermann says. A growing field that shares some similarities with physiotherapy, “it’s basically getting people moving.” For the young athletes of the Royals, “my responsibility will be the health and well-being of the 22 players in the room,” says Hermann, who will help co-ordinate the various medical specialists who work with the team. In addition to the usual bumps and bruises that come with a contact sport, concussions are front and centre on the medical radar and the Royals are able to take advantage of the latest information and procedures – even computer software – to ensure the safety of the players. Hermann takes pride in a job well done, in helping players who

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have had an injury return to play – “seeing your work out there on the ice and seeing them do what it is they’re supposed to be doing,” he says. “The whole staff of the Royals is a team.” On game days, “we’re here at 7 in the morning and we’re here until 11 p.m. at night.” But then again, “watching hockey for a living’s not bad!”

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HI ICK TS DYLAN HERMANN: Hockey Hero: Trevor Linden Favourite NHL Team: The Canucks If he wasn’t working in hockey: Lacrosse Favourite Hockey Song: The Tragically Hip’s Lonely End of the Rink

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Today, Bill shares the scorekeeper’s booth with MtM: Mario Lemieux – a player who had tion’s Kernkraft 400...hmmm, isn’t that our goal Though “just one of the guys,� Shannon recalls his daughter Shannon, who uploads the game inall the given talent in the world and showed it song?? Ironic or what??? one timekeeper who, when Shannon was running formation via computer, just one example of how throughout his career, calmly and controlled, the game has changed over the years. “She’s made the penalty box, made a point to keep the players’ BP: Favourite sport other than hockey? language in check “as there was a lady present,� she who had the strength and determination to it so much easier for me,� Bill says. MtM: Football – North American, both Cabattle through Hodgkin’s disease, back injuries, “I’m a sports fanatic; it’s all I watch at home,� laughs. nadian and American. knee injuries and stayed with the same team his Then there was the time she and the referees he says. 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In its first-ever Bantam Draft, held in Calgary in May, the Victoria Royals selected defenseman Joe Hicketts with their 12th overall pick in the first round. The Kamloops native spent his 2010-11 season as captain of the Kamloops Jardine Blazers Bantam AAA team, where he recorded 59 points (18g-41a) and 54 penalty minutes in 51 games. Hicketts also topped his team with 300 hits and 33 shot blocks. Hicketts and the Blazers took home the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association regular season and playoff championship, before winning the provincial championship. But just what is the Bantam Draft?

Q. What is the Bantam Draft? A. During the annual WHL Bantam Draft, Western Hockey League clubs select players who have graduated from bantam. The draft’s order of selection depends on where the team finishes in the league standings, with clubs missing the playoffs placed into a lottery for the first round only. In subsequent rounds, clubs select in order from fewest to most regular season points.

Q. Who is eligible for the draft? A. Graduating bantam players – 1996-born players for 2011 – from the four western provinces and the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to be selected.

Q. How does the draft work? A. The draft consists of 15 rounds with each of the 22 member teams receiving one pick per round. The Royals owned 14 picks for the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, including four in the first three rounds at #12, #34, #55 and #56 (from a trade with Brandon). The draft is broadcast live at www.whl.ca.

Royals’ Island draft prospect stands tall between the pipes By Jennifer Blyth The Victoria Royals have truly become the Island’s team for at least one Comox Valley family after selecting goalie Michael Herringer in Round 9 of this year’s Bantam Draft. A goalie with the Comox Valley Chiefs since age nine, “Ever since I was two, I wanted to be a goalie,” he says, recalling how the Canucks’ Dan Cloutier was a popular figure at the time. Coming off last year with the Comox Bantam A team, Michael hopes to play the coming season with the North Island Major Midget team. Also a soccer player in earlier years, the 6’0” 160-pound goaltender appreciates the goalie’s unique ls role within hockey’s team Visit the Roysae environment. “You do Open Hou your own thing,” explains. SATURDAY When not on the ice, Jennifer Blyth photo Michael spends time hanging out with friends and “workMichael Herringer looks forward to the Royals’ draft camp this August. ing out a tonne,” filling a few extra minutes here and there with extra sleep and a few draft players and other hopefuls at Royals nior A options, should those possibilities video games. camp in August, allowing him time to get open up. A few people had indicated to Michael Taking this next step toward the ultimate to know the coaching staff, before heading how this year’s Bantam draft might play out, hockey goal, “it’s pretty much every kid’s off to his regular season team. but the day itself was still nerve-wracking. It He may also look at Team Pacific or Ju- dream.” was a school day, but knowing studies would be the last thing on his mind, Michael stayed home with his mom and kept himself disHI ICK TS tracted until the news he was waiting for came through on the computer. “It was a MICHAEL HERRINGER long day!” Hockey Hero: Carey Price His reward? “I had to walk to school to Favourite NHL Team: The Vancouver Canucks pick up my homework, so that was the rest Favourite Hockey Memory: The 2011 WHL Bantam Draft! of my night,” he says. The next day, however, Favourite Hockey Song: Stomping Tom Connors’ Hockey Song was reserved for a celebration with friends! Looking ahead, Michael will join his fellow

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WHL mom’s words of wisdom – and experience For many Victoria Royals, this may well be their first time away from home and family, a role that while here will be filled by a billet family. It’s an experience Kathy Newman, mom to Geoff, Russ and Bruce Courtnall, can appreciate. While she was lucky enough to have her children play locally for the WHL’s Victoria Cougars, they also spent time away at school and left early on to join their next teams – two both leaving on the same day, she recalls. In addition, Newman was also a billet for the

Cougars, welcoming additional players and providing them a home away from home during their time in Victoria. “I enjoyed it because it kept me busy and they were really good kids,” she recalls. “You have to be a mother to them. With their busy training schedule, paired with school responsibilities, “when you have billets, they love to eat,” Newman laughs. “I said, ‘This is your home, you eat if you’re hungry.’ Maintaining their school work was essential, as was minding the team rules. “Coaches would

phone at 11 p.m. for curfew,” Newman remembers, and she told the boys “don’t ever stay out because I will not lie to the coach if he phones.” And whether your own children or billets, “you never interfere with the coach, she advises. Watching her own three boys come through the WHL, “It’s been exciting,” Newman says. “It is a thrill when your child is doing that well, but you have to go with the flow. You have to help them realize you have to work hard, train hard, do as you’re told and get your schooling.”

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Eyes on the Prize The ultimate goal for Victoria’s players – as well as the major junior players from across the Canadian Hockey League – is to hoist the Memorial Cup at the end of the season. Donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in 1919, the cup honours the young men who sacrificed their lives in the First World War. On the road to the Memorial Cup, WHL players set their sights first on the Ed Chynoweth Cup, presented to the Western Hockey League Champions. Ed Chynoweth was appointed the first full-time WHL president in 1973, soon after becoming the first president of the Canadian Hockey League, positions he held for Ed Chynoweth more than 20 years. Honouring his significant contributions to major junior hockey, Cup, presented the WHL renamed their championship tro- to the Western Hockey League phy The Ed Chynoweth Cup in 2007. In addition to the league’s two biggest priz- champions. es, the WHL also honours a number of players, coaches and staff who work hard each year to make their teams and league a success: • WHL Player of the Year • Four Broncos Memorial Trophy – WHL Scholastic Player of the Year • Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy – WHL Top Scorer • Bob Clarke Trophy – WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player • Brad Hornung Trophy – WHL Top Defenseman • Bill Hunter Trophy – WHL Rookie of the Year • Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy – WHL Top Goaltender • Del Wilson Trophy – WHL Coach of the Year • Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy – WHL Executive of the Year • Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy – WHL Regular Season Champion • Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy – WHL Humanitarian of the Year • Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy – WHL Top Official • Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy – WHL Marketing/Public Relations Award • WHL Plus-Minus Award • WHL Playoff MVP Award

Training Camps welcome players Aug. 20 to 31 The Victoria Royals’ inaugural training camp will begin on Aug. 20, featuring three camps spanning 12 days. Watch for a detailed itinerary for Royals’ Training Camp closer to the opening. • Royals’ Draft Camp, Aug. 20 to 23, will welcome players selected by Victoria during the 2011 Bantam Draft. Players will skate in the morning with members of the Royals’ hockey staff and then explore the city in the afternoon with their families. • During the Royals’ Rookie Camp, Aug. 24 to 28, roughly 160 players, born in 1995 or 1996, will be split into teams with each team playing seven games over 3 1/2 days. A select number of these players will earn an invite to Main Camp. • Royals’ Main Camp opens Aug. 29 with about 80 players who will be split into four teams for scrimmages over the three days of camp, which will conclude Aug. 31 with the Black vs. White intra-squad game.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! One of the hottest tickets in town this fall will be centre ice for the Victoria Royals. In fact, just about any seat in the Save-onFoods Memorial Arena promises a great view of the on-ice action. Season ticket prices for the coming season will be tiered: • Adult season tickets in any of the six corner or end sections will be $504 for the year – or just $396 for a season ticket in the top four rows of any corner or end section! Season ticket pricing in standard bowl seating between the goal lines is $576. • Senior, student and child season tickets are available for just $396. Season tickets for children 12 and under are available for $180. • Upgrade to Club and King Club seats. Club seats offer a padded seat and exclusive access to a Club lounge for $856. King Club seats – $1,136 for the season – offer all the benefits of a Club seat plus exclusive pre-buy rights to their seat for all events or concerts taking place at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. For more information, visit the Select Your Tickets Box Office at www.selectyourtickets. com/vicwhl, e-mail tickets@vicwhl.com or call 250-220-7789.

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Follow the Royals’ play on The Zone @ 91.3 Can’t make the game in person? Tune in to the Zone @ 91.3 to hear the play-by-play for the WHL’s Victoria Royals. Each broadcast will also include a pre- and post-game show, with all home pre-game shows broadcast live from the Kings Feast Restaurant inside the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Spend Sunday nights with the team during the Zone’s week-

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