Super Series returning to Victoria
B.C. capital, Vancouver to host games between WHL, Russians
By Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist
April 5, 2012 4:02 AM
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.
The fifth game of the 2012 Subway Super Series, which annually pits the top Canadian junior hockey players against a touring Russian junior side, will take place Nov. 14 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
The six-game series will conclude the following night in Vancouver at the PNE Pacific Coliseum, home of the Vancouver Giants.
The two B.C. dates will feature a Western Hockey League all-star team playing the Russian squad.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will host the opening two games of the series Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 at venues TBA. The Ontario Hockey League all-stars will play the Russians Nov. 8 and Nov. 12 at sites also TBA.
The tour is considered a showcase for Canadian and Russians players auditioning for their respective national sides ahead of the world junior championships.
Nineteen of the bronze-medallist Canadian players from the 2012 world juniors, held at Calgary and Edmonton in late December-early January, played in the 2011 Subway Super Series. Sixteen of the players on the Russian team from the last world juniors, which defeated Canada in an epic semifinal, played in the 2011 Subway Super Series.
The WHL-OHL-QMJHL teams shaded the Russian squad 3-2-1 overall in last year's Super Series tour.
This will be the second time Victoria hosts a Subway Super Series game. The WHL team defeated the Russians 2-1 before 6,695 fans on Nov. 25, 2009, at the Memorial Centre before Victoria even had a team rejoin the league.
(The Victoria Royals, the former Chilliwack Bruins, have just completed their first WHL season).
"It [hosting the Super Series game] raises the profile of the WHL and the Royals in our marketplace and you get to see basically the top guys looking to make the world junior team," said Dave Dakers, president of the Royals and also president of sports and entertainment for RG Properties, which owns the Royals and operates the Memorial Centre.
"The [Vancouver] Giants were very interested and asked if we would like to host the other [WHL] game in the series. We said sure.
It did well here last time. Being able to market a specific game is fun for us and a little bit different."
Dakers said ticketing details will be announced at a later date.
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