Ottawa SkyHawks

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Ottawa SkyHawks
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Founded 2012
League National Basketball League of Canada
Division Central
Team history Ottawa SkyHawks
2013–present
Based in Ottawa, Ontario
Arena Canadian Tire Centre
Colours Black, white, orange, silver
                   
Owner(s) Bytown Sports and Entertainment (Gus Takkale, Sunny Gill)
Head coach United States Jaren Jackson
General Manager TBA
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Website OttawaSkyHawks.com

The Ottawa SkyHawks are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Ottawa, Ontario. They are members of the Central Division of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada). Founded in 2012 the SkyHawks began their inaugural season in NBL Canada in 2013[1] at the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators (NHL).

History[edit]

Originally unveiled Ottawa TomaHawks logo

On November 13, 2012, National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) announced that an Ottawa expansion team would join the league for the 2013-14 season. At a news conference on November 21, 2012, Gus Takkale, President of Bytown Sports & Entertainment and the person heading up the ownership group, confirmed the franchise would put a team on the court in the fall of 2013.

Following a name-the-team contest, the team unveiled their nickname, the "TomaHawks", a logo, and colours on February 26, 2013.[2] However, just hours after the announcement, social media erupted with people upset over what they felt to be a culturally insensitive nickname.[3] After an outcry, the Ottawa NBL team will no longer be called the TomaHawks.[4] It was announced at an event on April 4, 2013 that the team would be named the Ottawa SkyHawks.[5]

Home arenas[edit]

Canadian Tire Centre (2012-present)[edit]

Main article: Canadian Tire Centre

Originally opened in 1996, the Canadian Tire Centre is a multi-purpose arena, located in the western suburb of Kanata, in Ottawa, Ontario. The arena has seating for 19,153 and a capacity of 20,500 including standing room. The arena hosts ice hockey, basketball, music concerts, skating, and other entertainment events. It is home to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, several restaurants, a fitness complex, and several businesses. The SkyHawks share the arena with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

  • Occasional games
    • Cégep de l'Outaouais - The SkyHawks played 2 games on the campus of Cégep de l'Outaouais during the 2013-14 NBL season.[6]

Current roster[edit]

Ottawa SkyHawks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 3 United States Crouch, Jerice 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 180 lb (82 kg)
F 4 United States Sturdivant, Fred 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 190 lb (86 kg)
F 7 United States Baines, Tirrell 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 220 lb (100 kg)
C 12 Canada Vanderbeken, Jamie 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in) 250 lb (110 kg)
G 14 United States Crook, Jamal Injured 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 175 lb (79 kg)
G 15 United States Tubbs, Justin 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 203 lb (92 kg)
G 20 United States Rose, Mike 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 200 lb (91 kg)
F 22 Canada Kong, Bol 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 220 lb (100 kg)
F 32 Canada Kibi, Eric 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 229 lb (104 kg)
G 44 United States Anderson, Ryan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 194 lb (88 kg)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Canada Jafeth Maseruka

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: February 12, 2014

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2012-13 Kevin Keathley 4 3 .571 '
2012-13 Jaren Jackson 16 15 .516 TBD
2012-13 Combined 20 18 .526 TBD
Totals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The National Basketball League of Canada Approves Ottawa". NBL Canada. November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Devji, Farhan (February 26, 2013). "Ottawa’s first professional basketball team will be called the Tomahawks". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-s-new-basketball-team-drops-tomahawks-name-1.1173044
  4. ^ "Ottawa TomaHawks to change name after outcry". CBC. February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Ottawa basketball franchise banking on SkyHawks to fit the bill as franchise name". Ottawa Citizen. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "SkyHawks playing two games at Cegep this season". OttawaSkyHawks.com. January 17, 2014. 

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