Storm to play first pre-season game at UPEI

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Against Halifax on Oct. 22

SUMMERSIDE - The Summerside Storm will play their first-ever game in the capital city of Prince Edward Island.

Summerside Storm logo

The Storm and Halifax Rainmen will meet in a National Basketball League of Canada pre-season contest at the UPEI Sports Centre in Charlottetown on Saturday, Oct. 22. Game time is 7 p.m.

It will be one of four pre-season games for the Storm, who will host the Saint John Mill Rats at EastLink Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Storm will pay a return visit to Halifax on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m., and play a road contest against the Moncton Miracles on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

"We're extremely excited for the pre-season to begin," said NBL Canada president and CEO Andre Levingston. "These 10 games will give fans a preview of the high calibre of basketball and excitement that this season will bring."

Pre-season tickets can be purchased at individual team venues, or by calling their head offices.


Regular season

The Storm will open the regular season with back-to-back home games on Thursday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 4. The Quebec Kebs will provide the opposition on Nov. 3, and Saint John will be in town the following night.


Inaugural year

Founded in 2011, the National Basketball League of Canada is the nation's only

professional basketball league. A media release notes the NBL Canada is committed to developing the next generation of Canadian athletes, and raising the excitement and awareness for basketball throughout the country.

Seven teams will play in the inaugural 2011-12 season, and the league is poised for continued expansion across Canada.

NBL Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ont.



Storm news and notes:


Storm season tickets went on sale at the Credit Union Place box office on Monday. Packages are available for adults, seniors (60 and over), students and 12 and under.


Auditions for the Storm dance team will be held at the Tony Cargill School of Dance at Waterfront Place on Sunday, Sept. 25. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with the auditions going from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Tina Mundy at 436-4068, or e-mail


Storm head coach Joe Salerno is continuing to fill out the team roster. A couple of more player signings could be announced as early as this week.


The roster will be comprised of 12 players, including a mandatory two Canadians.


The league website is

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, NBL Canada, UPEI Sports Centre Credit Union Place Tony Cargill School of Dance

Geographic location: Halifax, Charlottetown, Saint John Canada

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Recent comments

  • Island B-Ball Fan
    September 26, 2011 - 15:28

    I can't seem to get tickets for the pre-season games anywhere... HELP!!!

  • DDt
    September 24, 2011 - 17:01

    Because they are duping Summerside into believing it is "their" team etc etc, but really what they are after is the largest possible audience, see, like the Rocket, they are not the CHarlottetown Rocket, they are PEI Rocket and play out of Charlottetown where they can draw the largest crowd. But these guys haven't the good sense to recognize the Chtown/Sside rivalry though, and think that just by bringing in a basketball team, and calling them pro, Sside, I mean PEI, will do whatever they want. They have no understanding of the Island. You don't call yourself Summerside, then play in Charlottetown, unless it is against Charlottetown. This is only the beginning with this clown Livingston running the league show, but at least you two see through it, unlike the other dinglebells who think it is great.

  • Island b-ball supporter
    September 21, 2011 - 13:34

    Great idea to host it at UPEI... The facility is great and it will give everyone a chance to see the action. My guess is that lots of central and eastern PEI fans will check out the game, and hopefully they will follow it up by watching future action at the CCUP. From a business perspective, I would think this is the smartest approach as once they see it, the thought of the drive to Sside will not be such a big deal. Lets work as an island community to make this venture a success! The real winners will be all of PEI, not just Sside. I doubt anyone begrudges Oyster bed for enticing people from across the island to their venue. Why is this any different?

    • DKB
      September 22, 2011 - 07:56

      This is different simply because this is the the first game ever to be played by this team. I agree with you 100% that it would be a great idea to have the team play a couple of games in Charlottetown and even smaller communities away from Summerside,in order to gain a fan base outside of Summerside but, to have the first game ever played by the team in Charlottetown as opposed to their home court is absolutly ridiculous.

  • DKB
    September 21, 2011 - 13:09

    Great way to get the Summerside fans, have the inagural game in Charlottetown. I was really looking forward to seeing this team play but, I'm quickly NOT becoming a fan.

  • hmmmm
    September 20, 2011 - 19:19

    why is it being played in charlottetown when they didn't want it and it is suppose to be all games played here in summerside?????? forget you guys...