HarbourCats to claw their way into Victoria sports scene

The city’s newest sports franchise looks to land on its feet in 2013 as the Victoria HarbourCats.

The Victoria HarbourCats will purr at Royal Athletic Park beginning in June

The Victoria HarbourCats will purr at Royal Athletic Park beginning in June

Victoria’s newest sports franchise looks to land on its feet in 2013 as the HarbourCats.

The name and logo of the amateur status West Coast League baseball team, which uses top NCAA and collegiate level players during a short summer schedule, was introduced on Friday (Oct. 12), to much anticipation since the club was officially announced in June.

“We feel the name fits the geography of the region, a nod to the importance and beauty of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and, with other team names in the West Coast League,” said general manager Holly Jones.

The colour scheme is dark navy blue text with the cat and its fangs in “deep aqua blue,” A matching V logo, for Victoria, will be featured as the team’s secondary graphic.

So where does HarbourCats stack up with Victoria’s nicknames of old? It doesn’t.

Lacrosse’s Shamrocks and hockey’s Cougars, currently in use, date back to the 1950s and prior. New club names such as hockey’s Victoria Royals (2011) and Grizzlies (2006), and soccer’s Victoria Highlanders (2008), are also cut from the traditional mold.

HarbourCats stands apart, using a modern trend known as CamelCase, says Toronto-based design analyst Chris Creamer.

“The popular term for this type of font (HarbourCats) is CamelCase, as the word mimics the humps on a camel’s back,” says the self-made sports logo expert and proprietor of Sportslogos.net. It was Creamer who was the first to discover and post the Royals WHL logo on his website in 2011, days before it was officially released.

Creamer pointed out that picking a team name with CamelCase is saying to the public “this is a minor league team with minor league branding and we’re not going to bother trying to hide it.”

However, as Jones has pointed out, the HarbourCats are the WCL’s third team with such a name, joining the Wenatchee AppleSox and Kitsap BlueJackets. There are a dozen more minor league teams from across North America to use the CamelCase style in their name in the past three years.

But nobody is mistaking Royal Athletic Park, the HarbourCats’ home, as a big league venue.

“We wanted a team name and logo that accomplished a number of things,” said owner John McLean. “It needed to be bold and edgy, while looking sharp on uniforms, merchandise, the web, advertising and social media.”

HarbourCats was one of the over 600 submissions received by the team from the name-the-team contest, in which the initial 250 name suggestions, plus another five randomly drawn names, were awarded a pair of tickets to a 2013 home game.

The name of the submitter has not been revealed as it was not a grand prize, winner takes all contest.

“We felt this was the most appropriate submission, and one that worked well on all fronts,” said Jones.

The WCL is a wood bat summer league populated with collegiate level players from across North America. Medford, Ore. (yet to be named) also joins the WCL, which expands to 11 teams for 2013. The inaugural HarbourCats season begins the first week of June 2013 and runs through mid-August, with 27 home games at RAP and 27 away games. Next is the design of the team uniforms, hats and the team mascot.

Just Posted

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Employee assaulted at Saanich store after asking suspected shoplifters to leave

June 16 incident saw worker taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

With local high schoolers unable to have a traditional graduation ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions, Amica Douglas House celebrated the momentous occasion of eight of their dining room servers. (Courtesy Amica Douglas House)
8 Greater Victoria teens don fancy dresses, celebrate grad with seniors

With celebrations nixed, Amica Douglas House hosts event for its serving staff

Helicopter crew members onboard HMCS Halifax conduct inflight refueling during Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea in 2020. Some of the military choppers flying around Greater Victoria recently are taking part in a special ops training exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Braden Trudeau/Trinity-Formation Imaging Services)
Special Ops exercise brings influx of helicopters to Victoria

Ontario-based air force unit comes to Victoria to train over ocean

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

Most Read