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CEBL announces teams for 2019 inaugural season
CEBL Standings
 1. Edmonton S. 0-0 
 2. Fraser Valley B. 0-0 
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FRASER VALLEY BANDITS WELCOMED TO ABBOTSFORD FOR INAUGURAL SEASON OF CANADIAN ELITE BASKETBALL LEAGUE - Jul 28, 2018


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ABBOTSFORD, July 16, 2018 - The Canadian Elite Basketball League announced Monday that Bandits
will be the name of the Fraser Valley entry in the new league, which plays its inaugural season May
through August 2019. Wearing the colours of orange, blue and white, the Fraser Valley Bandits logo
depicts an image of a red fox, common to British Columbia.

'As a professional basketball league created by Canadians for Canadians, and as leaders in
helping develop basketball across our country, we are very excited to have Fraser Valley as a
founding member of the Canadian Elite Basketball League,' said Mike Morreale, chief executive
officer of the CEBL. 'People in this region are passionate about sports and appreciate the role
special events play in enhancing the quality of life. The CEBL will deliver a new basketball experience
that features world class basketball wrapped in a full entertainment package that will appeal to
people of all ages, and to both fans and non-hoops fans as well.'

Fraser Valley joins Edmonton, Hamilton, Guelph, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), and Niagara
(St. Catharines) as the original six franchises in the league. Lee Genier serves as President and Chief
Operating Officer, Western Operations for the CEBL, leading the operation of the teams in
Abbotsford, Saskatoon, and Edmonton.

Full press conference link: https://youtu.be/IglkGoIzrKw?t=5m34s

Genier's sports leadership experience includes 19 years with the Calgary Stampeders, where
he held the position of senior vice president of business operations, two years running the
Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League, where he was named 2016 NLL Executive of
the Year, and a term on the board of directors of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton through the 2014
Olympic Winter Games where Canada captured gold in Bobsleigh.

'The entire region, from Abbotsford to Chilliwack, Hope to Langley, and even northwest
Washington is passionate about sports, entertainment, and special events, and
people will experience all of that at Fraser Valley Bandits games,' Genier said. 'Fans will see the
highest caliber of basketball in Canada outside of the Toronto Raptors. All 10 home games will be a
major event that blends fast paced professional basketball and an electric atmosphere that will
have people returning game after game. This is a new basketball experience in every sense.'

The 7,000-seat Abbotsford Centre will serve as home for the Fraser Valley Bandits.
Monday's announcement completes the unveiling of the name, logo, and colours of all six
founding member teams in the CEBL. The Niagara River Lions were announced into the league June
8, followed by the introduction of the Hamilton Honey Badgers, Guelph Nighthawks, Edmonton
Stingers, Saskatchewan Rattlers, and the Fraser Valley Bandits.

The CEBL will provide sports fans with a premium entertainment option while also allowing
players, coaches and other stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the sport of basketball in
meaningful ways that support the growth of the game in Canada. The CEBL will operate in
accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball, the National Sport
Organization for basketball in Canada. It is the only league in Canada affiliated with FIBA, the
international governing body for basketball.

For more information: Canadian Elite Basketball League: www.cebl.ca and Fraser Valley Bandits: www.thebandits.ca

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