Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League Board of Governors is meeting today to evaluate next steps for the WHL and its 22 member Clubs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information will be provided as it is available.
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Posted 13 March 2020 - 02:18 AM
While the Western Hockey League has “paused” the season until further notice, there are few details about what this means for the Victoria Royals going forward.
Cameron Hope, president and general manager of the Royals, addressed the concerns in a brief press conference outside the Royals’ dressing room on Thursday afternoon. According to Hope there are no players or staff within the WHL that have any kind of infection, but he says the move to pause the season is a smart one.
“Were in the business of gathering people together and being in close quarters and we’ve dealt with infections and mumps and those sorts of things before in the past and all the protocols are in place to minimize this sort of a thing,” he said. “But when it gets to be a global situation, everybody needs to accept their role.”
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 13 March 2020 - 02:19 AM.
Posted 23 March 2020 - 02:35 PM
all three chl leagues have cancelled the season and the playoffs and the memorial cup.
Posted 29 April 2020 - 07:45 PM
The Victoria Royals are moving on from the only general manager the team has had since moving to the province’s capital city in 2012.
The team announced Wednesday that Cameron Hope will not be returning in his role as president, general manager and alternate governor. Hope, a lawyer by trade, was hired as GM in 2012 after serving in the NHL as an assistant to Glen Sather and the New York Rangers.
He added the title of Royals president in 2014.
“We would like to thank Cameron for contributions and for guiding our franchise,” said Graham Lee, CEO of the GSL Group that owns the Royals and RG Properties, which runs the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. “The COVID-19 crisis has given us the time to reassess our organization and to set a new direction. We are committed to finding strong leadership that will help the Royals reach their full potential both on-and-off the ice.”
fired because of COVID?
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 April 2020 - 07:46 PM.
Posted 29 April 2020 - 08:30 PM
“We would like to thank Cameron for contributions and for guiding our franchise,” Royals owner Graham Lee said in a statement announcing the decision.
Lee is CEO and president of the GSL Group of Vancouver, formerly RG Properties. His company owns the Royals and operates the City of Victoria-owned Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
“The COVID-19 crisis has given us the time to reassess our organization and to set a new direction,” added Lee.
“We are committed to finding strong leadership that will help the Royals reach their full potential both on and off the ice.”
Lee did not return calls Wednesday requesting more details. Hope also did not return calls.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 April 2020 - 08:30 PM.
Posted 29 April 2020 - 09:33 PM
That seems like a very strange decision. Bu I guess you never really know what is going on behind the scenes.
Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:38 PM
Posted 03 July 2020 - 03:12 AM
Posted 06 August 2020 - 03:17 AM
The Western Hockey League continues trying to stickhandle through the pandemic.
The league is expected to announce today that its start date for the 2020-21 season will be pushed back to Dec. 1. The WHL had previously set a start date of Oct. 2 due to COVID-19. Regular-season play normally begins in September.
Posted 28 August 2020 - 07:02 AM
🔹Saanich Summit, Riptide, Predators, Squid or Defenders - Braves hockey team reveals shortlist for rename🔹
August 28, 2020, Victoria, BC - Owners of the Saanich Junior B Hockey team have released a list of potential team names and are seeking input from the community on their favourites. The team recently announced they had dropped the name Braves out of respect for First Nations. They are now looking for community input on a shortlist of potential team names.
“We’ve had an overwhelming response from the community and from the world of sports in recent weeks as we have begun the work of renaming our team,” said Edward Geric and Norm Kelly, team owners. “We started with a huge list of names that mostly came from the community and we’ve even had some very creative folks develop logos and jersey designs. We’ve now shortened the list to five names that we think would represent our team really well and we want feedback before we make our final decision.”
The potential names are:
The Saanich Summit - a strong and steady team, the Saanich Summit are connected to their natural surroundings and stand in the way of their opposition as they strive for the top.
The Saanich Riptide - energetic and action-oriented, the Saanich Riptide is an unpredictable, powerful team that surprises their opposition with their speed and skill.
The Saanich Predators - a throwback for the team owners and local hockey lovers who remember The Victoria Predators, a team of high performance players managed by the same ownership group. The Saanich Predators play with honour, using stealth, strength and teamwork to thrive against their opponents.
The Saanich Squid - clever and quick, the Saanich Squid adapt to anything their opponents throw at them on the ice and proudly play in a place surrounded by the ocean.
The Saanich Defenders - a team that knows there is strength in numbers, the Saanich Defenders work together, look out for each other and build momentum the opposition can’t handle.
The public has until September 4, 2020 to share their thoughts on the shortlist of names. Based on feedback, a new name and logo will be developed and announced in the coming weeks.
Want to participate? Connect with the team via Instagram at @saanichbraves
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