Storm about two weeks from releasing news on basketball team

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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.

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, Storm Kids Charity, Pediatric Unit Queen Elizabeth Hospital Prince County Hospital Charlottetown Civic Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Stratford

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  • Rodney Shea
    July 18, 2013 - 11:05

    I`m sorry for being ignorant,,,,,, I appolagize humbly to management of CUP.I practically lived THERE IN WINTER SINCE IT WAS BUILT,AND IN Cahill.Great city/people.I`m extremely sorry,and I appolagize dearly!!!!!!!!!!.

  • don
    July 18, 2013 - 05:36

    summerside traitors suits better or back stabbers. but i WILL NOT support them no mater what. and i can see within 2 years or less they back up and do one of 2 things. try to come back to summerside or move off island. and i ope they leave PEI period. but what i am wondering is ch'town has trouble supporting hockey etc how can they support the traitors?

  • Not a Storm Fan
    July 17, 2013 - 22:09

    I don't think C'town would be interested in a used basketball floor that has "Summerside" inlaid into the hardwood. And Summerside did not pay anything for the basketball floor, The Canada Games paid for it and left it here as a gift to the City for being host for the games. Now good riddence to a team who had never planned to stay here in the first place. They took the City of Summerside and it citizens and the people of this end of the Island, and played us big time. AT the first opportunity they bailed and took their ball and went home. Don't let the door hit your behind on the way out....

  • Rodney Shea
    July 17, 2013 - 11:38

    YEAH JUST LIKE THOSE 2 OLD PIECES OF GARBAGE SOMEONE CALLS ZAMBONIES,,,,,THEN FOR PLAYOFFS THEY BREAK DOWN COMPLETELY THEN THEY HADDA GO TO KTOWN AND RENT,,OR BORROW THEIRR REAL ZAMBONI.

  • bbalfan
    July 17, 2013 - 11:24

    2 months into the season they will wish they never went to Charlottetown

  • go figure
    July 17, 2013 - 10:57

    they can call themselves the "charlottetown traitors". would fit just great.

  • Cory
    July 17, 2013 - 10:25

    If these guys are such good business men they would have realized that they picked the absolute worst time to move the team to Charlottetown. One things were going good in Summerside with attendance, sponsors, etc. Two there os so much more compettion in Charlottetown for entertainment dollars ie the Islanders Junior B teams, Major Midget teams, University teams, one of them being basketball. Mainly the Islanders have a ton of momentum and have many significant business owners involved. I think these two arrogant owners made a huge business mistake. Im glad they are gone, but they made a bad business decision

  • UPWESTER
    July 17, 2013 - 09:35

    Why isn't Shaw busy raising money for the team instead of leaching of taxpayers to finaance his follies? Wht is Summerside going to do with a $200,000. hardwood basketbll court? So far, this guy has had taxpayers pay for not one, but two courts.Don't you think it is time that you and your partners put a little skin in this game? nd you Bill Schurman, have you no loyalty to Summerside?

  • makes ya go Hmmmm
    July 17, 2013 - 08:36

    The city of Charlottetown is spending upwards of $200,000 on a floor and backboards, thats just great but if i were a taxpayer in the city i would be wondering why they are not trying to buy the stuff from Summerside. Maybe it's not for sale , but i'm sure it just might be. I would think it would be cheaper to buy it from Summerside than to go out and buy a new one. Hmmmmmmmmmm