The Victoria Salmon Kings
The Victoria Salmon Kings are an ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbia. The Salmon Kings first season was the 2004-05 ECHL regular season. They play in the Save-on-Foods Memorial Center on Quadra street near downtown Victoria.
The Salmon Kings did not make the playoffs in their first two season, but continued to make 3 straight appearances and posted winning records in each of those 3 seasons. They reached the semi-finals in both the 2007-08 and the 2008-09 seasons losing to the Utah Grizzlies and the Alaska Aces respectively. They were also ousted from the 2006-07 playoffs by their rival Alaska Aces.
The Victoria Salmon Kings are the ECHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. The Salmon Kings often receive players sent down from the Canucks AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose. Many of the Salmon Kings players are signed by the Canucks and some have previously played in the NHL. During the NHL lockout of 2004-05 the Salmon Kings signed some former NHL players like tough guy Dale Purinton, goaltender Dan Blackburn, and Mark Smith.
From December 8, 2008 to January 10, 2009 the franchise posted the second longest winning streak in ECHL history with 15 consecutive victories. They also posted the record for most consecutive losses during their first regular season losing 20 times in a row.
In 2008 the Salmon Kings named their then all-time leading scorer Wes Goldie team captain. He was the 5th team captain in Salmon Kings history. Wes held many Salmon Kings scoring records and along with his brother Ash Goldie provided some exciting offense in the Salmon Kings early years. Ash Goldie played one season alongside his brother Wes and managed to put up a franchise record 83 points in that season.
The Save-on-Food Memorial Center (SOFMC), home of the Salmon Kings, was constructed in 2005. The arena, the largest in BC outside of Vancouver, seat 7,400. The SOFMC has hosted many musical and stage acts in addition to wrestling and hockey. The construction cost of the building was around $30 million and the building was not fully completed when it’s first live act, a Rod Stewart concert, was performed.