With the 2015 training camp about to get under way, the Victoria Grizzlies are excited to
announce organizational changes that are designed to further strengthen the B.C. Hockey League
Team President John Wilson and Team Governor Lance Black announce that Jim Swanson has
been hired as the franchise’s Director of Operations for the 2015-16 season, effective
Swanson, who remains part of the ownership group and the Vice-President/Baseball Operations
and General Manager for the Victoria HarbourCats, will work to support Sonya Saujani, Vice
President of Operations for the Grizzlies. Saujani and Swanson will oversee both the business
and hockey sides of the franchise, working with GM/coach Craig Didmon and his staff, and the
dedicated crew that looks after the office.
“Sonya has done a tremendous job for our local ownership group, which she is a part of, in
steering this team through the past year, with corporate partners, operations, a lease negotiation
for the Q Centre, and allowing Craig to build a strong team for this season,” said Wilson.
“Sonya’s work has been vital, and she can use the support that Jim will give her. I have worked
closely with Jim as his partner with the HarbourCats and his schedule in the winter will allow
him to jump on board with the Grizzlies, and we’re glad his abilities are here and available to us.
The HarbourCats have made a lot of strides in this community under Jim’s leadership, and
having him here to support Sonya, who deftly juggles her family and a full-time job, will benefit
us as we restore the Grizzlies to prominence in Victoria, and in the Westshore, where Jim lives.
It’s a great fit for our organization.”
Swanson will lead the Grizzlies in day-to-day operational, promotional and logistical areas, and
will oversee hockey operations as they pertain to the team’s business plan.
Swanson, who has lived most of his life in B.C., is a former junior hockey goaltender, and prior
to landing in Victoria was a journalist who covered the WHL and BCHL for more than 15 years.
He is better known for his operations and promotional work with baseball’s HarbourCats, a
member of the West Coast League. The HarbourCats led the WCL in attendance for the second-
straight year, averaging 1,910 people for regular season games at Sports Traders Diamond at
RAP in 2015.