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Victoria Salmon Kings

Victoria Salmon Kings

Victoria Salmon Kings
City: Victoria, British Columbia
League: ECHL
Conference: National Conference
Division: West Division
Founded: 2004
Home Arena: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Colours: Navy blue, gold, silver, white


General Manager: Flag of Canada Mark Morrison
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Mark Morrison
Captain: Flag of Canada Wes Goldie
Affiliates: Vancouver Canucks (NHL), Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Franchise history
1988 – 1996: Erie Panthers
1996 – 2003: Baton Rouge Kingfish
2004 – Present: Victoria Salmon Kings
Regular Season Titles: none
Division Championships: 2007–08
Conference Championships: none
Kelly Cups: none

The Victoria Salmon Kings were a minor professional team based in Victoria, British Columbia that play in the ECHL. They began play in the 2004-05 ECHL season.

The Salmon Kings are affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL and the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

Despite having a renowned Stanley Cup winner from Victoria - the 1925 Victoria Cougars - as well as a successful WHL franchise at one time (also the Cougars), the Victoria region in BC was left without a professional or junior hockey team when the Cougars moved away to Prince George in 1994.

Many in Victoria knew if they were to get professional or junior hockey back in BC's capital, the 50 year-old Victoria Memorial Arena was not going to do, since it only seated 4,000 fans. Victoria business RG Properties was unable to secure a WHL franchise, however, they were able to buy the rights to the defunct ECHL Baton Rogue Kingfish and announced the new team would be the Salmon Kings.

Many Victorian residents were not happy with having to watch third-tier professional hockey and many fans would choose WHL hockey over ECHL hockey because of the talent level.

The Salmon Kings began their first season in 2004-05. However, the new Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was not going to finished on time for the season, so the ECHL scheduled the Salmon Kings first fourteen games as road games. As the NHL lockout was on-going the Salmon Kings were pleased to have many NHLers play for them such as Dan Blackburn, Dale Puriton, and Mark Smith.

In 2006, the Salmon Kings became an affiliate with the nearby Vancouver Canucks.

Despite a disappointing inaugural season, the Salmon Kings made their first playoff appearance in 2006-07. The Salmon Kings have quickly established themselves as one of the prominent teams in the ECHL with three straight 30 win seasons and two trips to the Conference Semifinals.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T1 OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2004–05 72 15 52 5 35 178 298 8th in West Did not qualify
2005–06 72 26 37 9 61 204 261 5th in West Did not qualify
2006–07 72 36 32 1 3 76 239 249 3rd in West Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Aces)
2007–08 72 42 23 4 3 91 256 239 1st in West Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Grizzlies)
2008–09 72 38 27 2 5 83 232 200 3rd in West Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1-4 (Aces)

Team RecordsEdit

Single Season RecordsEdit

Playoff RecordsEdit

  • Most goals in a playoff season: Wes Goldie, 6 (2006-07)
  • Most goals by a defenseman in a playoff season: Steve Lingren, 2 (2006-07)
  • Most assists in a playoff season: Jordan Krestanovich, 6 (2006-07)
  • Most points in a playoff season: Wes Goldie, 8 (6g, 2a) (2006-07)
  • Most points by a defenseman in a playoff season: Steve Lingren (2g, 5a), 7 (2006-07)
  • Most penalty minutes in a playoff season: Phil Cole, 21 (2006-07)

Franchise Scoring LeadersEdit

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed ECHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game * = still active with the team

Updated at completion of 2007–08 ECHL season

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Ryan Wade* RW 265 57 113 170 .64
Wes Goldie* RW 144 83 52 135 .94
Milan Gajic RW 98 39 66 105 1.07
Jordan Krestanovich* LW 124 25 77 102 .82
Kiel McLeod C 113 47 51 98 .87
Ash Goldie* RW 70 40 43 83 1.19
Steve Lingren D 124 29 52 81 .65
Marc-Andre Bernier* RW 99 39 42 81 .82
Adam Taylor RW 87 20 43 63 .72
Lanny Gare C 67 22 33 55 .82
Francois-Pierre Guenette C 67 13 42 55 .82

Current rosterEdit

As of April 3, 2009. Data taken from ECHL website.[1]

# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
30 Flag of Canada Todd Ford R May 1, 1984 Calgary, AB, Canada
60 Flag of Canada Julien Ellis L January 27, 1986 Sorel, QC, Canada
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
2 Flag of Canada Gary Gladue L April 9, 1984 Chetwynd, BC, Canada
4 Flag of Canada Dylan Yeo L July 16, 1986 Prince Albert, SK, Canada
5 Flag of Canada Patrick Coulombe L April 23, 1985 St. Fabien, QC, Canada
8 Flag of Canada Jordie Benn L July 26, 1987 Victoria, BC, Canada
21 Flag of Canada Aaron Brocklehurst L June 10, 1985 Nanaimo, BC, Canada
28 Flag of Canada Tim Wedderburn – A L June 29, 1981 Okotoks, AB, Canada
44 Flag of Canada Matt Kelly – A R March 23, 1985 Tottenham, ON, Canada
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
7 Flag of Canada Adam Taylor C R June 24, 1984 Courtenay, BC, Canada
10 Flag of Canada Brady Leavold RW R August 27, 1987 Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
12 Flag of Canada Scott Howes LW L September 3, 1987 Toronto, ON, Canada
13 Flag of Canada Sean D. O'Connor RW R October 19, 1981 Victoria, BC, Canada
14 Flag of Canada Chris St. Jacques C R January 22, 1983 Edmonton, AB, Canada
16 Flag of Canada Wes Goldie – C RW R May 5, 1979 London, ON, Canada
18 Flag of Canada Dan Gendur RW R May 21, 1987 Vancouver, BC, Canada
19 Flag of Canada Olivier Labelle RW R July 15, 1985 St. Eustache, QC, Canada
25 Flag of Canada Shaun Landolt C R October 2, 1984 Cloverdale, BC, Canada
26 Flag of Canada Curtis Billsten RW R September 10, 1986 Calgary, AB, Canada
27 Flag of Canada Darryl Lloyd LW L February 10, 1984 Pickering, ON, Canada
64 Flag of Canada Olivier Filion C L October 3, 1982 Montreal, QC, Canada
Head Coach Mark Morrison
Assistant Coach Ryan Wade
Athletic Trainer Dave Zarn

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