The NBA Finals are over and that means no more basketball for fans across Canada right? NO! The CEBL is kicking into high gear with pro hoops in Ottawa and across Canada.
Ottawa’s Professional Basketball Team is The BlackJacks! This pro team is part of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. Competing at the TD Place Arena, located in Ottawa’s sporting nucleus of Lansdowne Park. Lansdowne Park is known as a hub of entertainment, atmosphere, and upbeat lifestyle. Other sporting events include volleyball, football, soccer and the occasional rugby match.
The BlackJacks are fairly new; since joining the CEBL in 2020, things have only gone up. Attendance, games played and wins. The Ottawa BlackJacks and the CEBL faced significant difficulties along with the rest of the world in 2020. It is hard to forget that sports across the nation recently faced a historical shift. Arena's were shut down, games and even seasons were cancelled. The Ottawa BlackJacks who embody the perseverance and resilience of their hometown were the first professional team in Ontario to invite fans back into the arena. They hosted this historic game and won in thrilling fashion. The BlackJacks are not worried about the past they're all about NOW. You can be a part of the now!
It's Winning Time.
How Good Are Players In The CEBL?
This league offers international and local talent, adding to Ottawa’s professional and competitive realm of athletics within the city and our nation's capital. Among CEBL alums include former Player Of The Year Xavier Moon. The MVP trophy now shaped like an X and named after him is the ultimate individual prize for CEBL players.
The Ottawa BlackJacks will have to regularly play against NBA-level talent. One prime example of this is Jalen Harris of the Scarborough Shooting Stars who previously played for the Toronto Raptors where he averaged 7.4 points per game in his NBA rookie season. He currently averages 21.5 points per game in the CEBL.
To compete with this type of talent the Ottawa BlackJacks went out and actively acquired competitors with NBA experience themselves. Ottawa has their own impressive roster of NBA level talent including Deng Adel. The 6'7 forward moves with the grace and precision of a much smaller player. Deng brings his professionalism and experience to the team, having previously played with former NBA Champions Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The rest of the roster is rounded out by former NCAA DIV 1 basketball players and the very best players from the CIS.
The Canadian Elite Basketball League - CEBL
75% of the league's current rosters are Canadian. Technically, basketball is a Canadian sport. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born on Ontario soil. Later, he pursued an American collegiate education and invented Basketball, one of the world’s most recognizable sports in our day and age. CEBL's motto is #OurGame. The Canadian Elite Basketball League looks to bring basketball back to Canada in a real way and grow the game beyond its current popularity. The CEBL is involved in many community outreach programs to grow the game of basketball in communities across Canada. From local camps to charity work in the community the CEBL is becoming a strong member of the Ottawa community as they continue to grow.
Celebrities And The CEBL
Various celebrities and public figures have contributed to the league and sport of basketball by expanding recognition throughout Canadian cities.
J.Cole, yes… J.Cole, the basketball player, played in the CEBL for the Scarborough Shootings Stars. J.Cole is famous for his successes in the world of hip-hop and beyond. As a public figure and professional athlete, he’s been a star piece in marketing the product of the league. Moreover, attracting other celebrities in attendance such as honourable mention and Canadian legend, Drake. Many current NBA stars can be seen on the sidelines of games. Drake is involved with the Scarborough Shooting Stars and even created exclusive OVO merch for the team and league.
RE/MAX and The CEBL
RE/MAX is the official jersey sponsor of the Winnipeg Sea Bears. If you see someone wearing a basketball jersey with the classic RE/MAX balloon on the front, it is not a REALTOR® it is a Winnipeg pro basketball player.
RE/MAX is a proud sponsor of the NBA and continues its involvement in the sport through the CEBL.
How To Get In On The Action
The Ottawa BlackJacks have games at TD Place Arena. You can purchase your Tickets HERE. Plan a night of exciting basketball in Ottawa at Lansdowne and grab some delicious food before or after the game.
We'll see you at the game!