SUMMERSIDE - The only forecast in this “Storm Watch” is for dunks and three-pointers.
Brett Poirier is the 16-year-old Summerside resident behind a new blog that will follow the Island’s professional basketball team, the Summerside Storm.
But the Grade 11 Three Oaks student is no stranger to reporting on pro hoops. Last year, he produced online video reports for 30 Toronto Raptors games for NBATV Canada.
Now that the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) era is about to unfold on P.E.I., Poirier has the opportunity to put his skills to use closer to home.
“I’m going to be doing scores, stats and personal interviews all year... definitely for every home game,” he said. “Some away games are going to be live-streamed on the Internet, so I’ll be watching all I can and blogging about those too.”
A big time basketball fan, Poirier hopes to one day become a sports analyst or broadcaster. The Toronto NBA team’s online staff contacted him in 2010 after he submitted pictures of his Raptors-themed bedroom.
Each week he produced a three to four-minute video about a given topic, and NBATV broadcast Poirier’s analysis before the Raptors game.
Starting with the first Summerside home game of the season on Nov. 3, Poirier will begin offering his analysis of Storm games.
He’s already posted an interview with Storm player Al Stewart, and hopes to get press access to the team members at home games.
As for his thoughts on how the new pro basketball team’s inaugural season will shape up, Poirier is optimistic after watching the Storm’s first exhibition game – a 100-96 loss to the Halifax Rainmen at UPEI.
“I was really impressed that the Storm kept up to the Rainmen, who have been playing for three or four years now. I thought they were going to get destroyed,” he admitted. “Coach (Joe) Salerno seems to know what he’s doing and he’s got the team on a pretty good track. I think they have a good shot at the playoffs.”
Poirier will also continue providing reports for the Raptors this year, however the NBA lockout has jeopardized the season until at least December.
“I’m not liking this at all. I feel like the players are asking for a little too much in this situation,” Poirier said.
But there could be an upside, he added. If the lockout continues for the entire season, “there’s a chance that some NBA players might want to come to this league, so the Storm could get a good pickup.”
Visit Poirier’s “Storm Watch” at www.summersidestorm.net or on Twitter @brett4raps.