The National Basketball League of Canada announces that the Mississauga Power will join the Toronto Raptors organization and operate as a NBA D-League team for the 2015-2016 season.
(Toronto, Ontario)— NBL Canada announces that the Mississauga Power will join the Toronto Raptors organization and operate as a NBA D-League team for the 2015-2016 season. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) aquired the rights of the Power to form a new club to be called the Raptors 905.
Raptors 905 will be the record 19th NBA D-League team and will play its home games at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
The announcement means that Power organization who was one of original seven teams that played during the league’s inaugural season will no longer operate under NBL Canada.
“On behalf of the NBL Canada, we are excited that one of our franchises and key personnel will be joining the Raptors organization as they expand basketball further into Canada with the first NBA D-League team outside of the USA,” said NBL Canada Commissioner David Magley. “This move is consistent with our shared objective of growing the game of basketball throughout all of Canada.”
“As an investor and an avid basketball fan I’ve always wanted to contribute to the growth of the game in Canada,” said Henry Chow, Owner and President for the now former Mississauga Power. “When I became sole owner of the Power and moved the team to Mississauga it was with the vision that pro basketball would be a success in such a wonderful, prosperous market and I’m thrilled to have achieved that goal.”
The acquisition of the Power immediately creates new collaborative opportunities between NBL Canada and MLSE.
Toronto Raptors vice president of basketball strategy Bobby Webster said, “We’ve been speaking with Commissioner Magley and we’re definitely going to have a partnership in place whether it’s clinics or scrimmages where we can grow the game together in Mississauga. ”
MLSE worked closely with the City of Mississauga and NBL Canada to build on the success of the now-former Mississauga Power in an effort to elevate professional basketball in a market of 3.4 million residents, including 752,000 in Mississauga -the sixth most populous municipality in Canada
About the National Basketball League of Canada
The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011, and is Canada’s only professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 8 teams, with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada, by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.
About Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square, three digital channels – Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV Canada and has a partnership with Live Nation – the biggest concert promoter in the world. MLSE has also invested in five of Toronto’s sports facilities – Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Marlies, BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, Lamport Stadium, KIA Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC’s Academy and the First Team’s practice facility, and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies. MLSE operates and manages events at Ricoh Coliseum and BMO Field.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.
Courtesy Mississauga Power