Thursday, 12 July 2007

Archibald scores pro deal in Austria

Congratulations to 6'4" All-Canadian Casey Archibald from UBC who has agreed to terms with Wels of the Austrian Hauptrunde I Pro league (Austria's top pro league) and will leave in early August for training camp in preparation for the 2007-08 season. Archibald had a tremendous career at UBC capped by a First Team All-Canadian effort this past season including singlehandidly keeping his T-Birds in their first round game at the Nationals with a 33 point effort, the top individual performance at this season's Nationals. Archibald, who was able to negotiate his own deal without the services of an agent, joins fellow Canadian Richard Anderson on the Wels roster and will be classified as an import. Anderson, originally from Ottawa's Sir Robert Borden H.S., has spent over a decade in Europe after a stellar playing career at Simon Fraser as well as significant time with Canada's National team program. UBC Assistant Coach Randy Nohr, himself a veteran of European professional leagues, said the contract was well deserved, "Casey took his game to another level both physically and mentally over the last 2 years and he should have a great career in Europe. Our program is very proud that Casey will continue his playing career as a professional." The early August start in Austria unfortunately means that Archibald will not be able to represent Canada at the FISU Games in Thailand but FISU Games Head Coach Chris O'Rourke, while disappointed he won't have someone who would have been a vital part of his rotation, was very happy for Archibald. "I am very happy for Casey, especially after the tremendous career he had at UBC and how exceptionally well he has been playing for the past year, he deserves to continue his playing career beyond the CIS. We will certainly miss his talent on the FISU team, especially his ability to create mismatches with his size, range and strength, however signing a pro contract is a great opportunity for him and we wish him nothing but the best in Austria." Added Nohr: "Casey was upset that the schedule in Austria did not allow him to represent his country because he had been working so hard to do so. But joining a situation in which he can start a pro career where there is another Canadian who has solid European experience is a great opportunity for him." Best of luck to Casey as he starts his professional career.

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