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.