Windsor Express

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Windsor Express
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Founded 2012
League National Basketball League of Canada
Division Central Division
Team history Windsor Express
2012-present
Based in Windsor, Ontario
Arena WFCU Centre
Colours Red, black, white
              
Head coach Bill Jones
Championships 1
(2014)
Division titles 1
(2014)
Dancers Express Dance Team
Mascot Conductor Coal Train
Website WindsorExpress.ca

The Windsor Express is a Canadian professional basketball team based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Express are an expansion team of the National Basketball League of Canada that began play in the 2012-13 season. The Express play its home games at the WFCU Centre.

History[edit]

On June 28, 2012, the NBL announced that Windsor had been awarded an expansion team for the 2012-13 season. With this eighth franchise, the League went to divisional play, placing the Express in the Central Division.

On August 1, 2012 the team nickname was officially confirmed. The Express name is partially a tribute to the Underground Railroad and to the rail yards on the banks of the Detroit River.

The team compiled a 22-18 record in its inaugural year, placing second in the Central Division and being seeded 3rd in the playoffs. It lost its only post-season series, a semifinal against the Summerside Storm, 3 games to 2.

On April 17, 2014, the Express won their first championship of NBL-Canada against the Island Storm(formerly Summerside Storm), 121-106.[1]

Home arenas[edit]

WFCU Centre (2012-present)[edit]

Main article: WFCU Centre

Originally opened in 2008, the WFCU Centre is a sports-entertainment arena in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The arena has a capacity of 7,000 when setup for basketball. The Express share the arena with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.[2]

Current roster[edit]

Windsor Express roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
C 2 United States Thomas, DeAndre 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 300 lb (140 kg)
G 5 United States Bonneau, Stefan 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 165 lb (75 kg)
F 10 Canada Loiselle, Kevin 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 225 lb (102 kg)
G 11 Canada Oppong, Papa 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 185 lb (84 kg)
G 12 United States Duncan, Darren 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 185 lb (84 kg)
G 14 United States Buckley, Dominique 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 200 lb (91 kg)
F 15 United States Brown, Quinnel 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 210 lb (95 kg)
G 22 Canada Wells, R.J. 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 195 lb (88 kg)
F 24 United States Commons, Chris 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 225 lb (102 kg)
F 33 United States Parker, Erik 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 235 lb (107 kg)
C 44 United States Goode, George 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 248 lb (112 kg)
Head coach
  • United States Bill Jones
Assistant coach(es)

Owner/CEO - Dartis Willis Sr.


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: July 15, 2014

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2012-13 Bill Jones 22 18 .550 3rd 2 3 .400 Lost First Round
2013-14 Bill Jones 29 11 .718 1st 11 6 .647 Won Championship
Totals 51 29 .638 - 13 9 .542 2 Playoff Appearances

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