VICTORIA, B.C. –Victoria announced on Friday that the team’s nickname would be Salmon Kings. Scheduled to begin play in 2004-05 at the 7,300-seat Victoria Arena, the Salmon Kings are the newest member of the ECHL and the first ECHL team outside of the United States.
In just 12 days, the team received more than 2,000 entries in its “Name The Team” contest.
“This name says Vancouver Island,” said Graham Lee, “It will be distinctive in the ECHL and when other cities’ fans see our team name on their schedules, they’ll know that Victoria is in town.”
Salmon Kings links the team to the distinctive British heritage of Victoria while also referring to one of the great resources of Vancouver Island, renowned for sport fishing and tourism.