Victoria will make ECHL history again on Sunday when they host West Division Bakersfield in the first-ever regular season league game played outside the United States. The Salmon Kings and Condors will also play on Tuesday and Wednesday.
After opening the season with 14 road games, the Salmon Kings will now play 14 home games in a row at the Bear Mountain Arena, a 2,800-seat facility that opened in February in the Victoria suburb of Colwood, British Columbia. Victoria is awaiting completion of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, a $30 million state-of-the-art multipurpose facility with a seating capacity of 7,000.
Victoria made league history on October 22 when it became the first ECHL team outside the United States to play a league game, losing 7-2 at Bakersfield. Because of the historic significance, memorabilia from the game was sent for display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto which has also requested items from Sunday’s game.
The Salmon Kings played the first-ever ECHL games in Canada, losing twice in preseason matches against Idaho, 7-2 on October 15 at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, British Columbia and 7-4 on October 16 at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan, British Columbia.
Victoria ended its epic season-opening road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss at Bakersfield on Saturday and opens its home stand with a 3-10-1 record, including a 0-2-1 mark against Bakersfield. In 2003-04, Fresno opened with 11 consecutive road games (6-5-0) while awaiting the completion of the Save Mart Center.