Truro Tide announced as the first franchise in the Eastern Canadian Basketball League
TRURO, NS – The pun was just waiting to be said by someone and it was Rath Eastlink Community Center (RECC) General Manager Matt Moore who took home the honor by saying, “The tide is ready to come.” “.
The Tide in this case is the professional basketball team that comes to Truro as one of the teams in the new Eastern Canadian Basketball League (ECBL). They should go to court in March 2022.
ECBL President Tim Kendrick made the announcement during a press conference at the RECC on Wednesday afternoon, adding that Truro is the first franchise to be announced.
âThe Truro Tide is now very much alive in Truro,â Kendrick said as the team’s colors and logo in duplicate blue and white were displayed on a nearby screen.
He said RECC staff understand the vision the league aspires to.
âTruro is a place we want to be for decades,â he said. âWe couldn’t be more excited to be here.
The vision is of a grassroots league where teams connect with their communities by engaging players through schools, area sports teams and community groups such as Boys and Girls clubs.
âWe will be partners in the community, and there for a long time,â Kendrick said.
He also noted that the focus will be on Maritimes employment on and off the field.
âWe want people here in the Maritimes to participate in this league,â said Kenrick. âIt’s a professional basketball league, so we’re going to have players from all over the world, but also a lot of Canadian players involved, and a lot of people from the Maritimes involved.
When asked about the quotas, Kendrick said there are specific numbers when it comes to the number of international, Canadian and maritime players, but those details are for future announcements.
âWe will do everything we can to help develop communities while providing a way for young Canadian basketball players, young coaches and older coaches to get involved in the league,â he said. âA league where they don’t have to leave the Maritimes to get involved in a professional basketball franchise.
As for the timeline as to when other teams will be announced, Kendrick these details are also for the follow-up announcements.
âThere are all kinds of things that we will be announcing in the future,â he said, adding that the goal is to make the league the best of its size in the world.
âWe know there is a lot of work to do before this, but we couldn’t have had a better start than being in this community to announce our first franchise,â he said.
He added that the ECBL will be a chance to show Truro and other Maritime communities to the rest of Canada and the world.
These words were music to the ears of Truro Mayor Bills Mills and Colchester County Municipality Mayor Christine Blair.
âOur region has exceeded our weight when it comes to live entertainment,â said Blair.
âOur central location, state-of-the-art venues and collaborative approach have been keys to our region’s success in hosting and we look forward to building a lasting relationship with Truro Tide, as well as fun rivalries. and competitive among other franchises based in the Maritimes. the ECBL.
Mills shared the enthusiasm of his county counterpart and commented on the name.
âIt’s no coincidence that Truro and Colchester County are home to the highest tides in the world, so to name a team that Truro Tide is suitable for,â Mills said. “I’m glad to see how this thing unfolds.”
Moore was asked about the RECC welcoming another tenant to join the Junior A Bearcats as well as the major U-15 team.
âWe are working with (Kendrick) and his team to confirm these details,â Moore said of a dressing room and other equipment the team will need.
âI can say that part of our approach is to attract new tenants and major event opportunities during the shoulder season (around March / April) when we know that some of our partners, like the hospitality industry , are in a slower season. As things progress, more information will be released on times of the year when this will bode well for our current site partners. “
ECBL senior marketing manager Robbie Robertson was also present for the announcement. Robertson played NCAA Division 1 basketball for Cal-State Fullerton and for Kendrick with the Island Storm of the National Basketball League.
From San Fernando Valley, Calif., Robertson said he had had a great experience acclimating to the Maritimes and would be happy to share that with potential players.
âIt’s a great place. You can come here and raise a family, I have my wife and two sons here, âsaid Robertson. âI will tell them that you will come here and that you will find great people who love the sport. And once they find what they like, they dive into it, so you will have great support. It’s a place you want to be to play professional basketball.
And for those who already know the area, like varsity players from Atlantic University Sports (AUS).
âIt’s an opportunity for them,â said Robertson. “We’re looking to get in, showcase basketball in the area, cultivate it, create a culture and see where it takes us.”