The National Basketball League of Canada is excited to announce the tipoff of our third season. We’re happy to bring high-energy hoops to Canadian markets once again, and excited to build on the growing success and recognition basketball has gained in this country from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Nine teams in two divisions will each play forty games this season, plus All-Star Weekend festivities and playoffs following the conclusion of the regular schedule. Over the summer the NBLC welcomed new commissioner Paul Riley. The Torontonative has experience as a lawyer and a television journalist and was captain of Dalhousie’s men’s basketball team from 1987 through 1990.
“In just two short years the teams in the NBL Canada have firmly entrenched themselves in the cities and communities they call home, and I am confident that we are just getting started,” said Riley. “I look forward to the upcoming exciting season and the bright, bright future of the National Basketball League of Canada!”
NBL Canada President & CEO, Andre Levingston, adds, “We are now ready to begin accepting applications from Western Canadian cities to gauge the interest out there. We fully expect NBL Canada basketball to be played out West in the very near future.” Defending champions London Lightning will look to continue their run of dominance towards a three-peat when they open their season in Windsor to take on the new-look Express on November 1. The following night, they’ll host the Mississauga Power who moved from Oshawa in the off-season and acquired former #1 pick and Lightning allstar Morgan Lewis and 2013 NBL Canada Draft #1 overall pick Alex Johnson.
The Halifax Rainmen will host the St. John Mill Rats in a battle of maritime proportions and the Brampton A’s will kick off their inaugural season in Moncton against the Miracles. The Ottawa Skyhawks will play their first game in franchise history November 2 in Windsor, and the Island Storm will debut in Charlottetown the same night, hosting Saint John after moving from Summerside in the off-season.