THE SOUTH ISLAND ROYALS
The South Island Royals, formally known as the South Island Thunderbirds, are entering into their 11th season in the BC Major Midget League. Established in 2004, the BC Major Midget League provides 15, 16 and 17-year-old players elite calibre hockey in order to development high level athletes for future participation in the junior hockey ranks. The league consists of 11 teams scattered throughout the province of British Columbia reaching as far north as Prince George and east towards the Kootenays. The Royals will play a 40 game regular season schedule (20 home games and 20 road games) with the top six teams from the regular season advancing to the playoffs. The winner of the BC Major Midget League will advance to play the Alberta Midget AAA winner for the right to compete in the Telus Cup National Midget Championship.
South Island is the proud affiliate of the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Victoria Royals. As part of the affiliation agreement signed between the two clubs, the Major Midget Royals will play all 20 of their home games out of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The team will also hold all of their practices at this venue. This affiliation agreement between the two teams will allow for players in the Victoria region and Southern Island to develop for future participation in the WHL. South Island players will be introduced to the philosophy of the WHL team through practices and seminars to hopefully mimic the success of the Victoria team on and off the ice.
Taking the helm behind the Royals bench for his third season will be head coach Geoff Grimwood.