Victoria Grizzlies head coach steps down, new GM to handle both duties

Craig Didmon plans to take a year away from job to spend time with family

The Victoria Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Craig Didmon has stepped down as head coach of the B.C. Hockey League club, to be replaced by general manager Brad Knight.

Knight indicated the club may treat the move almost as a leave of absence for Didmon, who finished the 2013-14 season as head coach after replacing Bill Bestwick in December.

“Craig indicated a month ago he was thinking of taking a year off to go spend some time with his family,” said Knight, who only took over the GM job in Aprll. “He’s still got a good relationship with the team.”

Knight had nothing but good things to say for Didmon, who has coached at various levels in Greater Victoria.

“it’s a real sad day for the organization with Craig stepping down. But on the other side of it, they say when someone leaves they leave the door open for someone else. We’re hoping to promote a local coach (up to the Junior A level).

The team is in the process of interviewing potential assistant coaches, Knight said. Scott Hawthorne will remain as defence coach and video analysis expert, but a new coach will help Knight out with the offence.

Roster-wise, the team has 12 returning players and six others committed, Knight said. As well, a new team captain has been selected and will be announced soon.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Victoria shoppers fund Jubilee hospital cardiac monitoring

More than $40k raised over the holidays at Canadian Tire locations

Mommy’s Inside Voice: Mourning the loss of friends

Motherhood can take its toll on friendships

Malahat snow-covered as flakes fall across Greater Victoria

Snowfall warning in effect for parts of Vancouver Island

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Most Read