2013–14 NBL Canada season

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2013–14 NBL Canada season
League National Basketball League of Canada
Sport Basketball
Duration November 2013 – March 2014 (regular season)
Number of teams 9
Top draft pick Alex Johnson (NC State)
Picked by Ottawa SkyHawks
Atlantic champions Island Storm
  Atlantic runners-up Halifax Rainmen
Central champions Windsor Express
  Central runners-up London Lightning
Champions Windsor Express
  Runners-up Island Storm
Finals MVP Stefan Bonneau (Windsor Express)
NBL Canada seasons

The 2013–14 NBL Canada season was the third season of the National Basketball League of Canada. The regular season began on November 1, 2013.[1] The regular season ended on Friday, February 28, 2014, and the playoffs began on Sunday, March 2, 2014 and ended on Thursday, April 17, 2014 with the Windsor Express defeating the Island Storm in seven games to win the 2014 NBLC Finals.[2]


Coaching changes
Team 2012–13 season 2013–14 season
Halifax Rainmen Rob Spon Chris Terrell
Mississauga Power Larry Blunt Fred Grannum
Saint John Mill Rats David Cooper Rob Spon
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Halifax Rainmen Chris Terrell Craig Hodges
Mississauga Power Fred Grannum David Joseph
Ottawa SkyHawks Kevin Keathley Jaren Jackson

Following the conclusion of the 2012-13 NBL Canada season, the Oshawa Power relocated to Mississauga, Ontario, and were renamed the Mississauga Power. The 2013–14 NBL Canada season also featured expansion to 2 new locations: Ottawa, and Brampton. During preseason, another team announced its relocation, the Summerside Storm moving to Charlottetown, PEI. It was announced that the Storm name would be retained. In early August, the league's Board of Governors announced the Jazz would sit out the season due to failure of securing new ownership from the league.[3]

Coaching changes[edit]


On August 6, 2013, the Halifax Rainmen hired Chris Terrell as head coach.[4]

On August 12, 2013, the St. John Mill Rats hired Rob Spon as head coach.[5]

On August 16, 2013, the Mississauga Power hired Fred Grannum as head coach.[6]


Main article: 2013 NBL Canada draft

The 2013 NBL Canada draft took place on August 19 at the Hilton Suites Conference Centre & Spa in Markham, Ontario. The Ottawa SkyHawks made league history by drafting Alex Johnson of NC State, the first Canadian to ever be drafted with the first pick in the NBLC draft.[7]

Regular Season[edit]

The regular season began on November 1, 2013 and concluded on February 28, 2014. The number of games played by each team remains 40, similar to the prior season.