Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Canada Basketball Announcement; Player and Schedule Updates

After a three month search, Canada Basketball is prepared to announce their new Executive Director Wednesday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Here is a note from Canada Basketball. CANADA BASKETBALL TO ANNOUNCE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO (Toronto, Ontario) On Wednesday September 26 2007 at 1:00 p.m. (EST), Canada Basketball will host a press conference at Air Canada Centre to announce the hiring of the new Executive Director & CEO. The Executive Director and CEO will be responsible for unifying the basketball community, while strengthening the overall governance of the game of basketball in Canada, from the grassroots level to the national teams.
Guests: Canada Basketball Executive Director & CEO; Robert Gordon, President of Canada Basketball Board of Directors
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Venue: Rogers Media Centre (event level – enter via gate 2); Air Canada Centre; 40 Bay Street, Toronto ON

Here is a pre-announcement article from Michael Grange of the Globe & Mail Canada Basketball’s big secret plus another article by Grange New Leader Expected to be named Also, Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun covers multiple National team items in this piece Steve Buffery article in Toronto Sun

Good to hear from new UVic SID Mike Tucker who advised that the "UVic Tournament" originally listed in our pre-season schedule for the weekend of Oct. 19th through Oct. 21st is in fact named “Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament” and will feature arguably the most talented set of teams at any tournament this season with defending CIS champions Carleton Ravens, last season's CIS finalist Brandon Bobcats and perennially strong Alberta Golden Bears in addition to the host Vikes. The tournament will also feature a coaching clinic available to the general public on Saturday Oct 20, 2007; details as follows:

Location: McKinnon Gym at UVic
Cost: $75 early registration, $85 after Oct. 13th (Registration includes Lunch and Tournament Pass)
8:30 - 9:30 am......Registration and Coffee
9:30 - 10:45 am....Mike Raimbault, Brandon University, "Transition Offense"
10:45 - 12:00 pm...Don Horwood, University of Alberta, "Special Situations"
12:00 - 12:30 pm.....Lunch
12:30 - 1:45 pm.......Craig Beaucamp, University of Victoria
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm......Dave Smart, Carleton University

Alex J. Walling of Halifax Daily News recently published an article on a pair of new entrants in the Saint Mary's University Hall of Fame including John Gallinaugh and Lee Thomas, who were inducted on the weekend. Both were part of the first team to win a national title for Saint Mary's in 1973. John's son, Jack is a freshman on this season's Huskies squad. Two of the best get inducted into Saint Mary's Hall of Fame

A couple of former CIS players have caught on with the OCAA's Algonquin Thunder as 6'6" Didier Dorion, who spent a couple of seasons at Carleton including a redshirt season and another in which he played sparingly, will play for the Thunder. As well, 6'3" former Kingston Frontenac S.S. wing Craig Smith, who played for the Ottawa Gee-Gees two seasons ago, seeing limited action, has also joined the Thunder.

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