Roll out the tombola, the Victoria Grizzlies schedule is published

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Roll out the tombola, the Victoria Grizzlies schedule was recently published.

The last time that the Victoria Grizzlies had a start to the B.C. Hockey League (Junior “A”) season that could be construed as fair in terms of number of games at home versus the road, was the 2011-2012 season, where they played eight of 16 in The Q Centre in Colwood. They played .500 hockey for that stretch; seems fair.

The Grizzlies will start the 2016-2017 B.C. Hockey League season schedule at home at The Q Centre starting on Friday, September 9 against the Powell River Kings, followed by the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs the following night. In September they will play six of nine at home.

The Grizzlies started the 2015-2016 campaign with the first four games on the road, going 0-4 on the trip, capped by a 4-0 loss to the Chilliwack Chiefs. During the 2014-2015 season they went 2-2 in the first four, but three of those games were on the road.

During the 2013-2014 start, the Grizzlies had a five-game road trip and started the season with five of eight on the road, going 3-4-1. The year before, the Grizz had a five-game road trip and started six of nine on the road going 4-5-0-0.

Last year the Grizzlies first home game was on September 27, the first game of the season was on September 11 against the Prince George Spruce Kings. The Grizzlies got off on the wrong skate last year which was difficult to come back from. They did end up with a regular season record of 24-30-4-0 for last place in the Island Division. Five teams finished behind them in the 17-team, three-division league, over the 58-game schedule.

The regular season will end February 25 at home against the Nanaimo Clippers, who finished first in the Island Division last year and fourth overall.

Does this mean the beginning of at least five consecutive season starts that are in favour of the Grizzlies, to even the score? Let’s hope so, but for now, we do know that they will have an even playing field situation for the 16-21-year old Junior-A players, to start the next season.

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