The Island Storm is a Canadian professional basketball team based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The team is a charter member of the National Basketball League of Canada that began play in the 2011–12 season. The Storm plays its home games at the Eastlink Centre. Former Vermont Frost Heaves head coach Joe Salerno served as the team's head coach for the first six seasons until he parted ways with the team in May 2017.
|Capacity||4,000 (basketball configuration)|
|Location||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island|
|Team colours||Blue, orange|
|Head coach||Tim Kendrick|
The Storm were established in 2011 and made their debut in the inaugural 2011–12 NBL Canada season. They were originally owned by Prince Edward Island software company owners and millionaires Darren MacKay and Duncan Shaw, who played major roles in founding the team. Initially, it was unclear whether it would be based in the island's cities of Charlottetown or Summerside. However, it was later confirmed that the team would play their home games in Summerside, specifically at the Credit Union Place. NBL Canada president and co-founder Andre Levingston praised the co-owners at the announcement, "We want the right individuals who are going to bring you the very best, because you deserve the very best. That is why we have these two gentlemen here." Comparing Prince Edward Island's low population to the relatively sparsely populated Green Bay, Wisconsin, MacKay said, "We're going to be the Green Bay Packers of basketball."
A name-the-team contest that was sponsored by several newspapers was held to determine the Summerside basketball team's nickname. After receiving more than 400 entries, it was announced that they would be called the "Storm." According to McKay, it was chosen because "it's short, to the point and it has so much opportunity to play on the name and market the team." He also said it worked well through alliteration. The nickname was suggested by 14 people. A contest to determine the Storm's mascot name, sponsored by Basketball PEI and Greco Pizza Restaurant, was held in September 2011.
Originally opened in 1990, the Eastlink Centre is a sports-entertainment arena in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The arena has a capacity of 4,000 when set up for basketball. The Storm share the arena with the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Island Storm roster|
|Season||Coach||Regular season||Post season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|2011–12||Joe Salerno||12||24||.333||6th||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||Joe Salerno||26||14||.650||2nd||4||5||.482||Lost Final|
|2013–14||Joe Salerno||22||18||.550||2nd||10||7||.588||Lost Final|
|2014–15||Joe Salerno||19||13||.593||2nd||4||6||.400||Lost Semifinal|
|2015–16||Joe Salerno||14||26||.370||4th||0||3||.000||Lost Quarterfinal|
|2016–17||Joe Salerno||16||24||.400||3rd||5||6||.455||Lost Semifinals|
|2017–18||Tim Kendrick||19||21||.475||4th||1||3||.250||Lost Div. Semifinals|
|2018–19||Tim Kendrick||12||28||.300||5th||Did not qualify|
|Totals||140||168||.455||—||24||30||.444||6 Playoff appearances|
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