‘Victoria is an extremely special place to me’: Tyler Bozak speaks ahead of Grizzlies jersey ceremony

Tyler Bozak Victoria Grizzlies number will be retired at the Q Centre.

Tyler Bozak was one of the most dynamic players to ever wear a Victoria Grizzlies uniform and on Friday night, the number 11 will be retired to the Q Centre rafters.

The Regina native moved to Victoria as a 17-year-old and quickly became one of the best players in Grizzlies franchise history.

“Victoria is an extremely special place to me.” Said Bozak in an interview from St. Louis. “[I had] great memories there and I met a lot of great people,” Bozak continues. “It was a place to pave the way for what I’ve achieved now.”

Bozak spent three seasons with the Grizzlies/Salsa franchise and put up a whopping 228 points in 170 BCHL games, with many points coming alongside fellow future NHL player and Victoria’s own Jamie Benn.

“Yeah, he was fortunate to have Jamie Benn on his wing one year,” Said Lance Black, President of the Victoria Grizzlies. “Our past always reflects on our future and to have inspirational people of that quality in our organization, we’re very proud.”

Bozak spent the majority of his NHL career in Toronto, but he won the ultimate prize last season with the St. Louis Blues.

“Winning the Stanley Cup was definitely, probably my biggest goal,” said Bozak.

Tyler Bozak’s number 11 will officially be retired to the Q Centre rafters prior to Friday night’s home game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

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