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Salmon Kings Withdraw from ECHL

May 6, 2011 - ECHL (ECHL) - Victoria Salmon Kings News Release

[Victoria, BC - The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, announced today that the organization has withdrawn from the League with the full approval of the ECHL Board of Governors

The withdrawal effectively ends the Salmon Kings organization. The players have been awarded free-agency, and given the opportunity to choose the future direction of their hockey careers.

The team's footprint in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island extended beyond the playing surface, as the Salmon Kings either directly contributed or indirectly helped to raise over $1,500,000 over the last seven years. These contributions have included in-game initiatives such as 50/50 and chuck-a-puck promotions, as well as annual charitable games including Pink in the Rink and Teddy Bear Toss. Proceeds from these contributions have benefitted a large number of charitable foundations, as well as minor sports teams which include all minor hockey associations in Greater Victoria.

Additionally, the Salmon Kings' players have affected many lives as an active part of the community. Within their Hat Trick for Literacy campaign, Salmon Kings' players visited local schools and libraries to help promote the importance of reading and literacy. Visits to hospitals, events throughout the Capital Region, minor hockey practices and other community programs were staples of the team's annual outreach.

The Salmon Kings entered the league in 2004, and across seven seasons in the ECHL, 235 players in a Salmon Kings' jersey hit the ice for 504 regular season games and 43 Kelly Cup Playoff contests. Victoria posted a 223-239-21-21 all-time record in the regular season, and a 21-22 mark in the postseason. The Salmon Kings appeared in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in five of their seven years, making it to the second round three times, and the conference finals for the first time in team history this past month.

The Salmon Kings' players and staff would like to thank all of the fans, business and community partners that have supported the club throughout their existence. The unprecedented support and loyalty has helped the team establish a legacy on the ice and in the community that has become the standard for professional sports within Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island.

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