Island Storm

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.[1]

Island Storm
2019–20 NBL Canada season
LeaguesNBL Canada
Founded2011
HistorySummerside Storm
(2011–2013)
Island Storm
(2013–present)
ArenaEastlink Centre
Capacity4,000 (basketball configuration)
LocationCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Team coloursBlue, orange
         
Head coachTim Kendrick
Websitewww.islandstorm.ca

History

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.[2][3] 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."[4] 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."[3]

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."[5] He also said it worked well through alliteration. The nickname was suggested by 14 people.[5] A contest to determine the Storm's mascot name, sponsored by Basketball PEI and Greco Pizza Restaurant, was held in September 2011.[6]

Home arenas

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.[7]

Players

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Island Storm roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.Nat.NameHt.Wt.Age
F 15 Arseneault, Kyle 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 25 – (1994-10-24)24 October 1994
F 6 Baines, Tirrell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 33 – (1986-07-03)3 July 1986
F 3 Burdine, Trenity 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 28 – (1991-09-19)19 September 1991
F 24 Byrd, Russell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 27 – (1992-03-04)4 March 1992
G 10 Campbell, Alex 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 26 – (1993-01-21)21 January 1993
F 22 Carter, Sampson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 29 – (1990-09-11)11 September 1990
G 20 Gordon, Daniel 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg)
G 13 Robinson, Robbie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 30 – (1989-02-01)1 February 1989
G 2 Scott, Tyler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
G 11 Loyd, Johnathan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 28 – (1991-08-15)15 August 1991
F 7 States, Brad 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg)
G 5 Tate, Jarrell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
G 1 White, Tyree 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg)
Head coach
  • Tim Kendrick
Assistant coach(es)
  • Jeff Morrison
  • Lonnie States
Team manager
  • Frankie Beaton

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured

Updated: November 15, 2018

Season-by-season record

SeasonCoachRegular seasonPost season
WonLostWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
2011–12Joe Salerno1224.3336thDid not qualify
2012–13Joe Salerno2614.6502nd45.482Lost Final
2013–14Joe Salerno2218.5502nd107.588Lost Final
2014–15Joe Salerno1913.5932nd46.400Lost Semifinal
2015–16Joe Salerno1426.3704th03.000Lost Quarterfinal
2016–17Joe Salerno1624.4003rd56.455Lost Semifinals
2017–18Tim Kendrick1921.4754th13.250Lost Div. Semifinals
2018–19Tim Kendrick1228.3005thDid not qualify
Totals140168.4552430.4446 Playoff appearances

References

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