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CEBL adds 10th team in Newfoundland

The Canadian Elite Basketball League now has teams in six provinces
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The Guelph Nighthawks and Niagara River Lions play at the Sleeman Centre in 2019. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday file photo

The Canadian Elite Basketball League, which includes the Guelph Nighthawks, has added a 10th team in St. John's Newfoundland.

The Newfoundland Growlers will play out of Memorial University.

“St. John’s and the surrounding area is known to be an outstanding sports community with exceptional fan support, so we’re excited to bring the best pro basketball in Canada outside of the NBA to Newfoundland,” said Mike Morreale, commissioner and chief executive officer of the CEBL.

The club will be owned by Deacon Sports and Entertainment, which is also the parent company of the minor hockey ECHL team of the same name.

The Growlers are the 10th CEBL franchise located across six provinces. Since launching prior to the 2019 season with teams located in Edmonton, Hamilton, Guelph, Niagara (St. Catharines), Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), and Fraser Valley (Abbotsford), the CEBL added a franchise in Ottawa in 2020, and is welcoming Scarborough, Montreal, and St. John’s starting in 2022.

Play begins in May.