Royals rustle up staff as draft, rookie and main camps approach

Geoff Grimwood hired as assistant coach to Royals, head coach to South Island Royals major midget team

Returning Victoria Royals goalie Keith Hamilton keeps his eyes on incoming pucks even as he bats away one in front of him during a casual pre-season practice at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Friday afternoon. The Western Hockey League Royals will kick off their 2012-13 home schedule on Sept. 22 when they will host the Vancouver Giants.

The Victoria Royals recently completed their coaching staff in time for this week’s draft camp, and the upcoming rookie camp, about to get underway at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

New to the Royals bench is former junior B Peninsula Panthers head coach Geoff Grimwood as an assistant coach to the Royals and head coach to the South Island Royals major midget hockey team.

The WHL Royals recently affiliated with the local major midget club, formerly known as the South Island Thunderbirds.

Grimwood has made the rounds among the junior ranks as an assistant coach to well respected BCHL bench boss Kent Lewis of the Powell River Kings, and also spent time on the Victoria Cougars bench with Mark Van Helvoirt.

Returning for the 2012-13 season are coach Enio Sacilotto;   strength, conditioning and skills coach Jeff Compton; and goaltending coach Brady Robinson.

The Royals open the preseason in Kamloops on Aug. 30, and host a preseason game Sept. 15.

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