The Victoria Royals – a team that surprised many last year with their long stretches of winning or unbeaten streaks and exciting explosive offense have looked good this year, however, have had a few extra off nights in comparison. Key players from 2015-2016 have not been replaced as of yet, including top defenceman Joe Hicketts, forward Alex Forsberg and one of the league’s best goaltenders in Coleman Vollrath.
The Royals have made a couple of recent moves, but the re-acquisition, if you will, of big Russian Vladimir Bobylev will be a welcome site. The second half of last year and the playoffs were good for Bobylev, who went onto to play in the KHL, media release below.
The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that 1997-born import forward Vladimir Bobylev will join the club for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign. Bobylev is expected to join the team after this weekend.
In 72 games with the Royals last season, Bobylev registered 28 goals and 39 assists for 67 points and finished the season fifth in team scoring. He also recorded seven assists in five post-season contests. In 124 total career WHL games split between Victoria and the Vancouver Giants, Bobylev has registered 76 points (31g-45a).
The native of Lipetsk, Russia spent the first part of this season split between the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and the Supreme Hockey League (VHL). Bobylev played in 20 games for the KHL’s Spartak Moscow where he collected three points (1g-2a) to go along with 10 minutes in penalties. The 6-2, 203 lb forward also earned two points (1g-1a) in three contests with the Voskresensk Chemists of the VHL.
Bobylev was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round, 122nd overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and signed with Spartak Moscow this past summer.
Victoria drafted Bobylev 38th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
The Royals are currently in the midst of a five-game road trip that wraps up this weekend. The Royals take on the Portland Winterhawks tonight and then travel to Kennewick, WA to play the Tri-City Americans tomorrow. Puck drop versus the Winterhawks is set for 7:00 p.m., while the contest against the Americans is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday, December 13th and Wednesday, December 14th to face the Portland Winterhawks. Puck drop for both contests are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7889 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.
Give the gift of hockey this holiday season for only $60 with the Royals’ Holiday Combo Pack. The ticket pack includes four anytime vouchers valid for any remaining regular season game and a Royals’ scarf. Visit the Select Your Tickets Box Office or call 250-220-7889 to purchase.