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A Summerside Storm fan takes one last look at the Summerside Storm logo inside the Credit Union Place. With the Storm now on the way out of town, there are plenty of disappointed fans.
The co-owner of Charlottetown’s professional basketball team says the organization is about two weeks away from making some announcements.
Duncan Shaw says moving the Summerside Storm to Charlottetown means busy times behind the scenes for the National Basketball League of Canada franchise.
“I don’t have an awful lot of news for you today. We’re still just getting organized,’’ Shaw said Monday. “We still have to work through everything — pricing, tickets, you name it, there’s a million things that are a total do-over.’’
Equipment shouldn’t be one of them. A week ago, the City of Charlottetown agreed to spend up to $200,000 to buy its own professional basketball court and things like backboards, clocks and timers.
The Storm will obviously be getting a new name, or at least a partial name change, but Shaw has no intention of letting that piece of news out yet either.
“That one I do know and, no, I’m not saying.’’
Shaw said a final decision on the name hasn’t been reached. He has his own opinion and will be sitting down with Darren MacKay, his co-owner, and Bill Schurman, who acts as a management consultant for the franchise.
One thing won’t change. The goal remains to put on an entertaining product.
“The goal wherever we are is to raise the bar on the entertainment every year — how to make it bigger and better. That would be the same no matter where we are.’’
The team used fireworks in last season’s home opener.
Shaw is also busy with the Storm Kids Dream Home for the new Storm Kids Charity. Sherwood BMR is building it in the Kinlock Creek subdivision in Stratford.
The money raised will go towards the payment of the house and the rest will be donated to four different youth-oriented charities, including KidSport P.E.I., Easter Seals of P.E.I., the Pediatric Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Maternal Child Care Unit of the Prince County Hospital.
“We hope to raise an awful lot of money but it takes an awful lot of work to get something like that organized. That’s a big part of what we’re doing and it’s taking a lot of time.’’
Meanwhile, fans of the basketball team are going to have to wait for news. About the only thing that’s certain now is come time to launch the season on Nov. 1, the team will be calling the Charlottetown Civic Centre home.