Storm wins two major awards

Jason Simmonds
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HALIFAX – The Summerside Storm captured two major awards at the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada’s All-Star Breakfast here Sunday.

Duncan Shaw is a co-owner of the Summerside Storm basketball team.

Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw was presented with the Ian Fowler executive-of-the-year award, and guard Al Stewart was named the defensive player of the year.

“Al Stewart was a big part of our team this year,” said Shaw, who co-owns the Storm with Darren MacKay. “He was not the biggest player out there, but he would do whatever he needed to do to help us win.”

Extra significance

Shaw said the executive-of-the-year award carries extra significance for the Storm. He explained Storm marketing consultant Bill Schurman was a close friend of Fowler, who was a driving force behind major events in Moncton, N.B.

"It's very personal to us, and we can't thank the league enough,” said Shaw. “I can’t say enough about our staff, and how hard everyone worked.

“This award is as much for them as it is for me.”

The Storm attracted 56,467 fans to EastLink Arena, and averaged over 2,800 per game.

"It's very personal to us, and we can't thank the league enough. I can’t say enough about our staff, and how hard everyone worked. This award is as much for them as it is for me.” Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw

“If you would have told anybody at the first of the year that we would be out of the playoffs and have 4,000 fans for our final home game, they would say you’re crazy,” said Shaw.

Vision for team

Along with the effort of the team’s staff, Shaw also heaped praise on Schurman and his vision for the team.

The Storm’s main off-the-court focus was on community involvement. Players and coaches visited fans from one end of the Island to the other, read to almost 1,000 children through the team’s literacy program and helped raise nearly $20,000 for a variety of local charities.

“We look forward to building on our community involvement next year,” said Shaw.

jpsports@journalpioneer.com

Geographic location: Moncton, Iceland

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  • Storm Catcher
    April 02, 2012 - 13:19

    Schurman and Fowler were close friends? Can't think of 2 people who hated each other more. LMAO

  • Donna McCarthy
    April 02, 2012 - 11:12

    Well deserved!!! Congrats to Al and Duncan! The STORM players and staff are all winners!!! Praying for you to come back to Summerside--would be so hard to lose you after adopting you into our hearts!!!