National Basketball League of Canada
|Current season or competition:
2013–14 NBL Canada season
Logo NBL Canada
|Founded||May 5, 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Claim to fame||"The pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in Canada"|
|No. of teams||9|
|Continent||FIBA Americas (Americas)|
|Most recent champion(s)||London Lightning
|Most titles||London Lightning (2 title)|
|TV partner(s)||EastLink TV
The National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) (French: Ligue Nationale de Basketball du Canada) is a Canadian professional men's basketball league founded in 2011. For the first season, three teams formerly of the Premier Basketball League joined, with four expansion teams officially joining to form the NBL's "Original Seven". In 2012, an eighth franchise based in Windsor, Ontario joined the league.
In May 2011, the Saint John Mill Rats, Halifax Rainmen and Quebec Kebs came together to form the National Basketball League of Canada. The London Lightning, Moncton Miracles, Oshawa Power and Summerside Storm rounded out the roster for the inaugural 2011–12 36-game season. The London Lightning won the inaugural NBL Canada Championship Series by defeating the Halifax Rainmen.
The NBL of Canada started in 2011 with seven teams. Halifax, Saint John and Quebec moved from the Premier Basketball League while the other four teams started the 2011–12 season as new expansion teams (London, Moncton, Summerside and Oshawa).
For the 2012–13 season, the Windsor Express were added and the Quebec Kebs relocated to Laval. But before the Kebs saw any action, the league terminated the team after issues with team management arose. The league replaced the Kebs with a team based in Montreal, Quebec called the Montreal Jazz. In the same season, the league announced Ottawa SkyHawks as the new expansion team for the 2013–14 season.
|Team||City, Province||Arena||Founded||Joined||Head coach|
|Brampton A's||Brampton, Ontario||Powerade Centre||2013||David Magley|
|London Lightning||London, Ontario||Budweiser Gardens||2011||Micheal Ray Richardson|
|Mississauga Power||Mississauga, Ontario||Hershey Centre||2011*||David Joseph|
|Ottawa SkyHawks||Ottawa, Ontario||Canadian Tire Centre||2012||2013||Jaren Jackson|
|Windsor Express||Windsor, Ontario||WFCU Centre||2012||Bill Jones|
|Halifax Rainmen||Halifax, Nova Scotia||Halifax Metro Centre||2006||2011||Craig Hodges|
|Island Storm||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island||Eastlink Centre||2011*||Joe Salerno|
|Moncton Miracles||Moncton, New Brunswick||Moncton Coliseum||2011||Dennis Truax|
|Saint John Mill Rats||Saint John, New Brunswick||Harbour Station||2007*||2011||Rob Spon|
- Montreal Jazz - Sitting out the 2013–14 NBL Canada season
- Quebec Kebs - The Quebec Kebs relocated to Laval after the 2011 season but folded before the start of the 2012 season.
- Summerside Storm - moved to Charlottetown for 2013–2014 as the Island Storm.
- Oshawa Power - moved to Mississauga for 2013–2014 as the Mississauga Power.
Following the summer break, teams begin training camps in late September. Each teams training camp roster will eventually be pared down to a 12-man roster, with which they will begin the regular season. After training camp, a series of preseason exhibition games are held. The NBL Canada regular season begins in the first week of November.
During the regular season, each team plays 40 games, 20 each home and away. A team faces opponents in its own division eight times (24 games), and the remaining four teams four times (16 games).
The NBL Canada Championship Playoffs begin in late March, with the top five teams going for the Championship. The two division winners, along with the second place team with the next best record are given the top three seeds. The next two teams in terms of record are given the lower seeds.
The fourth and fifth seeds meet each other in the first round of the NBL Canada Playoffs. The winner of this best-of-three series goes on the meet the first seed in a best-of-five semi-finals series. Second and third seeds meet in the other semi-finals series. The winner of the two semi-finals series will meet in a final best-of-five series, known as the NBL Finals.
|2011–12||London Lightning||3-2||Halifax Rainmen|
|2012–13||London Lightning||3-1||Summerside Storm|
Most Valuable Player (Regular Season)
- Gabe Freeman, London Lightning
Freeman, a 6'10, 256-pound small forward from Costa Mesa (Calif.) Jr. College, was named NBL Canada Player of the Week three times and led the League in rebounds with a season total of 425 rebounds, 12.5 rpg. Freeman was also the league’s third leading scorer with a season total of 627 points, 17.9 ppg.
- Devin Sweetney, Moncton Miracles
NBL Canada’s Scoring Champion, Devin Sweetney, from the Moncton Miracles, who scored 1,173 points (24.9 points per game) this season, took home NBL Canada’s Most Valuable Player in the second season.
Former Canadian basketball leagues
- "History". nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
- "NBL Canada Announces New Team in Montreal". NBL Canada. October 26, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- "The National Basketball League of Canada Approves Ottawa". NBL Canada. November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "Power Basketball Relocates To Mississauga". NBL Canada. April 26, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Montreal Jazz to Sit Out 2013–2014 Season". NBL Canada. August 5, 2013.
- "Recap of the 2012 NBL Canada Owners' Meeting". NBL Canada. June 28, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.