Royals ready for preseason ice

The Victoria Royals hockey team plays its first Western Hockey League game in Kamloops, the first of five exhibition games announced for early September.

The Victoria Royals hockey team plays its first Western Hockey League game in Kamloops, the first of five exhibition games announced for early September.

The Royals play five road games, starting with the Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets on Sept. 2 and 3. Victoria will then reacquaint and renew its rivalry with the Vancouver Giants on Sept. 9 in Ladner and Sept. 10 in Maple Ridge.

Victoria finally hosts its first WHL game since 1994 on Sept. 16 against the Kelowna Rockets at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Training camp opens Aug. 20.

The Royals’ 2011-12 regular season schedule will be announced today.