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The Victoria Grizzlies are a junior "A" ice hockey team based in
Victoria, British Columbia Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of 91,867, and the Greater Victoria area has a population of 397,237. The ...
. They are members of the Island Division of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at The Q Centre. The franchise was founded in 1994 as the Victoria Salsa.


History

The
Victoria Cougars The Victoria Cougars were a major league professional ice hockey team that played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) from 1911 to 1924 under various names, and (after the PCHA's merger with the Western Canada Hockey League) in the W ...
were created as a Junior A team, playing out of
Victoria, British Columbia Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of 91,867, and the Greater Victoria area has a population of 397,237. The ...
, which joined the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCJHL) as an expansion team for the start of the 1967–68 season. This brought the league to a total of six teams. After a 1971 realignment of junior hockey into "
Major Junior Junior hockey is a level of competitive ice hockey generally for players between 16 and 21 years of age. Junior hockey leagues in the United States and Canada are considered amateur (with some exceptions) and operate within regions of each cou ...
" and " Tier II Junior A", the Cougars joined the Western Canadian Hockey League (WCHL), now the
Western Hockey League The Western Hockey League (WHL) is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitutes the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the highest level of junior h ...
. In 1994 the Cougars relocated to
Prince George, British Columbia Prince George is the largest city in northern British Columbia, Canada, with a population of 74,004 in the metropolitan area. It is often called the province's "northern capital" or sometimes the "spruce capital" because it is the hub city for ...
. In 1990, the BCHL's
Cowichan Valley Capitals The Cowichan Valley Capitals are a Junior "A" ice hockey team based in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Island Division in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at Cowichan Community Cen ...
relocated to Victoria from
Duncan, British Columbia Duncan (pop. 5,047 in 2021) is a city on southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is the smallest city by area (2.07 square kilometres, 0.8 square miles) in Canada. It was incorporated in 1912. Location The city is about 45 kilo ...
and became the Victoria Warriors. The Warriors returned to Duncan in 1993 and became the Cowichan Valley Capitals again, so in 1994 the Victoria Salsa joined the BCHL as an expansion team. At the start of the 2006–07 season, the team was renamed as the Victoria Grizzlies. The Grizzlies hosted and played in the 2009 Royal Bank Cup, won by the
Vernon Vipers The Vernon Vipers are a junior "A" ice hockey team based in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Interior Conference of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at Kal Tire Place. History The V ...
. In the 2013–14 season they won the Island Division championship after beating Powell River 4–2 in game six.


Season-by-season record

''Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against''


NHL alumni


Awards and trophies

Fred Page Cup The Fred Page Cup is a championship ice hockey trophy, won by a tournament conducted by the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The award is given to the winner of a round-robin and playoff between the Bogart Cup champions of the Central Canada Hoc ...
* 2001 Mowat Cup * 2001 Cliff McNabb Memorial Trophy * 2001 Chevrolet Cup * 2009 Brett Hull Trophy Matthew Wood: 2022 * Tyler Bozak: 2007 * Kyle Greentree: 2004 Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy * Campbell Blair: 2000 Bob Fenton Trophy *Gary Nunn: 2007 * Terry Wilson: 1999 Top Defenceman Trophy *Jordan Heywood: 2010 Vern Dye Trophy *
Jordan Sigalet Jordan Marvin Sigalet (born February 19, 1981) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former goaltender who played one game in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins in 2006. In 2004, while playing at Bowling Green University, Sigalet was d ...
: 2001 *Jimi St. John: 1998 Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy * Jamie Benn: 2007


See also

* List of ice hockey teams in British Columbia


References


External links


Official website of the Victoria Grizzlies

Official website of the BCHL
{{Victoria Sports Ice hockey teams in British Columbia British Columbia Hockey League teams Grizzlies