NBA Coming To Windsor

(l to r) Dylan Cullis, Dartis Willis, Amber Hunter, and Melissa Cowell get on board the special event game between the Windsor Express and the Raptors 905 of the NBA D-League.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(l to r) Dylan Cullis, Dartis Willis, Amber Hunter, and Melissa Cowell get on board the special event game between the Windsor Express and the Raptors 905 of the NBA D-League.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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(WINDSOR, ON) – On November 5, the Windsor Express will host an exhibition game against Raptors 905, of the NBA Development League, at the WFCU Centre. The tip-off will be presented by LiUNA 625.

This will be the first time an NBL Canada team will face a D-League opponent.

The Raptors 905 is the official affiliate of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. This coming 2015-16 season will be the inaugural year of competition for the Raptors 905 franchise, who play their home games at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The Raptors 905 is the first Canadian-based NBA D-League team.

“We are excited to play our first Raptors 905 exhibition game as a franchise in Windsor,” said Dan Tolzman, the Raptors 905 GM. “The Express is one of the top teams in the NBL and will provide our team with a great challenge as we prepare for this inaugural NBA D-League season.”

“We’re really proud to have the opportunity to play a league that is well established, well-founded and that provides great competitiveness for our own teams,” said Express president and CEO Dartis Willis. “We’re excited about it.”

In an effort to continue to support the local community, the Express has selected Transition to Betterness (T2B) to be the benefitting charitable partner of the game. T2B is a local grass roots charity dedicated to providing comfort for patients and families impacted by a life altering illness.

Fifty per cent of all ticket sales will be donated to T2B, along with proceeds from the 50/50 draw and other prize raffle draws.

General admission tickets are only $5.00 while reserved courtside tickets are available for just $10, although seating is limited.

Tickets will go on sale on October 20 at 10:00 am at the box office inside the WFCU Centre. Online orders will also be available at the same time.

Irek Kusmieczyk.

Irek Kusmieczyk.

In partnership with WEtech Alliance, a special pre-game event will feature former Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) president and Windsor native Richard Peddie providing his Lessons from a Gym Bag discussion based on his new book, 21 Leadership Lessons.

“When we heard the NBA is coming to Windsor, we thought this is an incredible event and opportunity for our city and our community,” said Irek Kusmierczyk of WEtech Alliance. “We’re very excited about this partnership with the Windsor Express and with Richard Peddie. We feel that this is a natural partnership.”

This is a private ticketed event with limited availability. Tickets will be available for $21 and will include a copy of Peddie’s new book as well as a courtside ticket to the game. Call 519-800-3665 for more information and to book a ticket to the special event.

Richard Peddie will also be available to fans for a book signing during halftime.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.