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Stojko, Chan headline Stars on Ice tour returning to Victoria

Victoria show slated for May 16
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Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier will be among the Stars on Ice performers next May at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. (DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST)

Four-time world champion Kurt Browning is no longer a star on ice but his presence will still hang over the 2024 version of Stars on Ice on May 16 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

Browning retired from performing following the 2023 tour but has taken on the role of director and choreographer for the 2024 tour. Browning will have ample talent to work with as 1994 Lillehammer and 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics silver medallist and three-time world champion Elvis Stojko will bring his muscular brand of skating back to Blanshard Street. Also returning will be three-time Olympic medallist and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.

Victoria has been an annual stop for Stars on Ice since the Memorial Centre opened in 2005.

“It’s a cozy rink that has been good to us,” Browning said last year, before his final appearance here as a performer.

“You build up a relationship with certain buildings. The Victoria crowd is always fantastic. Victoria is always our second-to-last or last show so it’s always an emotional time when it’s coming to an end.”

The 12-stop 2024 tour begins April 25 in Halifax and concludes in Victoria May 16.

Of the current Canadian skaters signed on for the 2024 Stars on Ice tour are two-time world championship medallist ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. Also signed on are current Canadian champions and Olympians Madeline Schizas and Keegan Messing, reigning Canadian pairs champions Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps, Olympian, two-time world championship-medallist and five time Belgian champion Loena Hendrickx and Olympian, two-time world championship medallist and four-time Japanese champion Satoko Miyahara.

Other performers will be announced.

Tickets go on sale today at starsonice.ca and ­selectyourtickets.com.

cdheensaw@timescolonist.com