Halifax Hurricanes

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Halifax Hurricanes
Halifax Hurricanes logo
LeagueNBL Canada
(2015–2021)
Founded2015
HistoryHalifax Hurricanes
2015–present
ArenaScotiabank Centre
Capacity11,093
LocationHalifax, Nova Scotia
Team coloursNavy blue, sky blue, white
     
PresidentMike Leslie
Head coachRyan Marchand
WebsiteHalifaxHurricanes.ca

The Halifax Hurricanes are a professional basketball team based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Hurricanes were founded as members of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) to replace the Halifax Rainmen, who declared bankruptcy in July 2015 ultimately leading to the club folding. In 2021, the organization left the NBLC.

History[edit]

Following steadily declining attendance and fallout from the 2015 NBL Canada Finals brawl the Halifax Rainmen folded in July 2015, with owner Andre Levingston citing bankruptcy with the franchise falling into a debt of nearly $700,000.[1][2] The Rainmen's folding left a void in the Halifax professional basketball market and the league had lost one of its founding franchises and second largest market. Soon after, efforts began to replace the Rainmen.

On September 3, 2015, a new Halifax team was announced by the league. The new ownership group was expanded from just Andre Levingston to a 25-member investor group from the Halifax business community to stabilize ownership and reduce financial risk.[3] Andre Levingston was named general manager of basketball operations. Hugo López was hired to be the franchise's first head coach on September 30, 2015.[4] On October 20, 2015, the franchise unveiled its name and logo. The Hurricanes also announced their first two signings, former Rainmen player Cliff Clinkscales and newcomer Mike Glover.[5][6]

In their first season, the Hurricanes won both preseason games before winning their first regular-season home game 129–113 against the Moncton Miracles in front of approximately 2,000 fans on December 26, 2015.[7]

Coach López and the Hurricanes were unable to come to terms for a second season and Kevin Keathley was hired as head coach and general manager for the 2016–17 season.[8] Unfortunately, coach Keathley had to leave the team before his first season for personal reasons. He was replaced by Mike Leslie.[9] After three seasons, Leslie moved up to be the Hurricanes' president and general manager, with Ryan Marchand taking over as head coach.[10]

The 2019–20 season was then curtailed in March 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league subsequently cancelled its 2020–21 season due to continuing restrictions during the pandemic. In October 2021, the Hurricanes announced they had left the league.[11]

Home arena[edit]

The Scotiabank Centre is a multi-purpose indoor sporting arena located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The arena has a basketball capacity of 11,093. The Hurricanes share the arena with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and The Halifax Thunderbirds of the National Lacrosse League. The building is next to the World Trade and Convention Centre in Downtown Halifax, at the foot of Citadel Hill and it is the largest arena in the maritimes by seating capacity.[12]

Current roster[edit]

Halifax Hurricanes roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 15 Canada Arseneault, Kyle 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 27 – (1994-10-24)24 October 1994
PG 12 United States Clinkscales, Cliff (C) 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 185 lb (84 kg) 37 – (1984-03-11)11 March 1984
F 25 United States Freeman, Gabe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 36 – (1985-11-05)5 November 1985
PF United States Hall, Carl 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 238 lb (108 kg) 32 – (1989-03-29)29 March 1989
SF 1 Canada Johnson, Chris 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 205 lb (93 kg) 33 – (1988-07-13)13 July 1988
F 20 United States Johnson, Tremayne 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 200 lb (91 kg) 32 – (1989-08-20)20 August 1989
G 13 United States Kindred, Joel 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 194 lb (88 kg) 30 – (1991-01-07)7 January 1991
SG 14 United States Mason, Antoine 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 210 lb (95 kg) 29 – (1992-05-24)24 May 1992
G 10 Canada Scott, Calvin Tyler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 29 – (1992-03-10)10 March 1992
PG 4 United States Sibley, Devin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 174 lb (79 kg) 25 – (1996-02-09)9 February 1996
PF 22 Canada Waithe, Marvell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 34 – (1987-10-20)20 October 1987
PF 25 United States Washington, C. J. 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 219 lb (99 kg) 29 – (1992-02-28)28 February 1992
G 2 United States Zimmerman, Ta'Quan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 200 lb (91 kg) 30 – (1991-12-02)2 December 1991
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: January 9, 2020

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Coach Regular season Post season
GP Won Lost Win % Finish Avg Attendance GP Won Lost Win % Result
2015–16 Hugo López 40 29 11 .725 1st in Atlantic Division 1929 14 11 3 .786 League Champions
2016–17 Mike Leslie 40 27 13 .675 1st in Atlantic Division 1926 15 9 6 .600 Lost in Finals
2017–18 Mike Leslie 40 28 12 .700 1st in Atlantic Division 1958 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Finals
2018–19 Mike Leslie 40 25 15 .625 2nd in Atlantic Division 2095 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Division Finals
2019–20 Ryan Marchand 24 8 16 .333 1759 Season curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic
Totals 184 117 67 .636 3 division titles 1977 57 36 21 .632 1 League Championship

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:

- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team at any time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph, Rebecca. "Halifax Rainmen file for bankruptcy". Global News. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  2. ^ Lipscombe, Kristen. "Return of pro basketball to Halifax 'looks promising'". Metro Halifax. Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Professional basketball returning to Halifax for 2015-16 NBLC season with local ownership" (PDF). HalifaxHurricanes.ca. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-23. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Halifax NBL Canada team names Hugo Lopez as Head Coach" (PDF). HalifaxHurricanes.ca. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ Lipscombe, Kristen. "'The storm is coming': Local pro basketball club renamed Halifax Hurricanes". Metro Halifax. Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  6. ^ Zaccagna, Remo. "Halifax's new NBL team dubbed the Hurricanes". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Hurricanes open season with split". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Hurricanes Appoint New Coach/GM". OurSports Central. 28 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Hurricanes Welcome New Head Coach and General Manager". OurSports Central. 28 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Hurricanes Announce Front Office Moves". OurSports Central. 20 December 2019.
  11. ^ Palov, Willy (7 October 2021). "Halifax Hurricanes leaving the National Basketball League of Canada". www.saltwire.com. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Facility Information". Scotiabank-Centre.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015.

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