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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.nblcanada.ca.