The Victoria Royals may have a Comox Valley connection when they launch their inaugural Western Hockey League season this year.
The first-year Major Jr. A franchise selected Comox Valley Lube-X Bantam Chiefs goaltender Michael Herringer with their their ninth round (188th overall) pick at the 2011 Bantam Draft (held May 5 in Calgary).
The 6′,0″, 160-pound Herringer has previously been an invitee to the BCHL Cowichan Capitals’ prospects camp.
“The Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association is very proud of Michael’s accomplishments,” said CVMHA second vice-president Monique Wilford.
Victoria general manager and head coach Marc Habscheid has indicated that Keith Hamilton, Braden Gamble and Jared Rathjen will compete for the starting goalie jobs.
The Royals open their 12-day training camp on Aug. 20 and will play five exhibition games against B.C. Division opponents.