Island Storm

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Island Storm
2015–16 Island Storm season
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Leagues NBL Canada
Founded 2011
History Summerside Storm
Island Storm
Arena Eastlink Centre
Arena Capacity 4,000 (basketball configuration)
Location Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Team colours Blue, Gold
Head coach Joe Salerno
Ownership Darren MacKay
Duncan Shaw
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The Island Storm is a Canadian professional basketball team based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The team is a charter member of the National Basketball League of Canada which began play for its inaugural 2011–12 season. The Storm plays its home games at the Eastlink Centre. Former Vermont Frost Heaves head coach Joe Salerno has been the team's head coach since the franchise entered the NBLC in late 2011.[1]


The Storm were established in 2011 and made their debut in the inaugural 2011–12 NBL Canada season. They were originally owned by Prince Edward Island software company owners and millionaires Darren MacKay and Duncan Shaw, who played major roles in founding the team. Initially, it was unclear whether it would be based in the island's cities of Charlottetown or Summerside.[2][3] However, it was later confirmed that the team would play their home games in Summerside, specifically at the Credit Union Place. NBL Canada president and co-founder Andre Levingston praised the co-owners at the announcement, "We want the right individuals who are going to bring you the very best, because you deserve the very best. That is why we have these two gentlemen here."[4] Comparing Prince Edward Island's low population to the relatively sparsely populated Green Bay, Wisconsin, MacKay said, "We're going to be the Green Bay Packers of basketball."[3]

A name-the-team contest that was sponsored by several newspapers was held to determine the Summerside basketball team's nickname. After receiving more than 400 entries, it was announced that they would be called the "Storm." According to McKay, it was chosen because "it's short, to the point and it has so much opportunity to play on the name and market the team."[5] He also said it worked well through alliteration. The nickname was suggested by 14 people.[5] A contest to determine the Storm's mascot name, sponsored by Basketball PEI and Greco Pizza Restaurant, was held in September 2011.[6]

Home arenas[edit]

Main article: Eastlink Centre

Originally opened in 1990, the Eastlink Centre is a sports-entertainment arena in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The arena has a capacity of 4,000 when set up for basketball. The Storm share the arena with the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.[7]


Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Island Storm roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F United States Azotam, Ike 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 24 – (1991-01-14)14 January 1991
C United States Evans, Nick 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 255 lb (116 kg) 27 – (1988-04-14)14 April 1988
G United States Grant, Malcolm 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 27 – (1988-06-21)21 June 1988
G/F United States Henderson-Niles, Pierre 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 28 – (1987-06-07)7 June 1987
G United States Malone, Andre 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 24 – (1991-01-14)14 January 1991
F United States Martin, Michael 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 235 lb (107 kg) 30 – (1985-02-28)28 February 1985
G Canada Otieno, Kenny 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 24 – (1991-06-21)21 June 1991
G United States Whack, Rashad 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 195 lb (88 kg) 24 – (1991-01-22)22 January 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Canada Mike Leslie

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: October 27, 2015

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2011-12 Joe Salerno 12 24 .333 6th Did not qualify
2012-13 Joe Salerno 26 14 .650 2nd 4 5 .482 Lost Final
2013-14 Joe Salerno 22 18 .550 2nd 10 7 .588 Lost Final
Totals 60 56 .517 - 14 12 .538 2 Playoff Appearances


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