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Royals open pre-season with pair against Blazers

Times Colonist

June 22, 2012

It might hardly be hockey weather when the Victoria Royals open with their first two exhibition games in August.

The Western Hockey League unveiled its 60-game 2012 pre-season schedule on Thursday. The Royals have six dates on the docket, beginning with back-to-back contests against the Kamloops Blazers on Aug. 30 in Kamloops and Aug. 31 in Maple Ridge.

That will be followed by a two-game set against the Kelowna Rockets on Sept. 7 in Maple Ridge and Sept. 8 in Kelowna.

The Royals' pre-season concludes with a double dip against the chief rival Vancouver Giants on Sept. 14 in Ladner and Sept. 15 in the lone exhibition game at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. That latter contest will be a Saturday matinée beginning at 2 p.m.

Ten WHL exhibition games will be played in communities that don't have WHL clubs, including the Royals' dates in Maple Ridge and Ladner.

The Everett Silvertips Pre-season Classic tournament goes Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and features all five U.S. Division teams, as will the Tri-City Americans pre-season tournament starting Sept. 6. The Edmonton Oil Kings sixth-annual pre-season tourney in St.

Albert, Alta., runs Sept. 1-7 and will feature six WHL sides. The Thunder Challenge Tournament in Crowsnest, Alta, will include the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kootenay Ice and Calgary Hitmen and runs Sept. 14-16.

The 2012-13 regular-season schedule will be announced Wednesday.

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