After four days of practice, fitness testing and scrimmages, the 2021 Royals rookie camp has come to an end.
On Wednesday, 37 of the finest hockey players in Western Canada came to Victoria for their chance to become part of the 2021-22 Victoria Royals and show the team what they’re made of.
Once they arrived at camp, the rookies went straight into fitness testing and measurements before they were quickly divided into two teams: Team Griffen Outhouse and Team Tyler Soy. After one day of practice, the teams went head-to-head with Team Outhouse taking game 1 and 2 with a score of 6-2 and 7-3 respectively. Team Tyler Soy fought back hard on Sunday with a 6-4 win over Team Outhouse to close out camp.
“We had a great group of players in Victoria for rookie camp,” GM and Head Coach Dan Price said. “We’ve been watching them develop over the years and they all played well and competed hard. Our scouts have done a great job identifying this group of talent and the future is bright for our team and our prospects.”
Out of 37 hopefuls, 21 made it to main camp Saturday afternoon, Igor Zborovskiy being one of them. “I can’t really explain it,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s been my dream to play in the CHL and this is really exciting. The Royals have a great organization, great staff and Victoria is a great place to be. To hopefully play in front of thousands of fans here…I came here to play and it’s perfect.”
Igor isn’t the only one who is elated to have made it to main camp. Anthony Wilson scored three goals for Team Soy in rookie camp but knows the hard work must continue. “It’s a big accomplishment for me, but now’s the time to ramp up the intensity and the real work begins.”
Main camp opened Saturday afternoon and will run until Tuesday night. To follow along with training camp details make sure to check out the Royals social channels and website.