Enthusiastic Crowd Greets Salmon Kings

By Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist

VICTORIA, British Columbia – They yelled, they cheered, they booed, they groaned and — in tidy Victoria fashion — they threw carefully wrapped salmon on to the ice when the Salmon Kings scored their first goal.

Fans, who packed into Bear Mountain Arena Sunday afternoon for the first professional hockey game to be played in Victoria since the Victoria Maple Leafs left in 1967, were in their element.

“It’s awesome,” said 13-year-old Spencer Townsend, as he joined one of the lengthy concession lineups after the first period.

“The hits make it good. It’s better than anything I’ve seen before.”

“It’s cool and it’s fast,” added nine-year-old Madeline Stefani with the air of an expert.

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