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SkyHawks End Season 1

March 4, 2014 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Ottawa SkyHawks News Release

OTTAWA - The Ottawa SkyHawks complete their inaugural season with a 21-19 record, now it's time to say goodbye.

Fans are invited to join the Ottawa SkyHawks to say a final goodbye and grab an autograph and photo tonight:

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 between 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Lone Star Texas Grill - St. Laurent location (1211 Lemieux St, Ottawa, Ontario K1J 1A2)

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when, "it wasn't supposed to end like this" as Ryan Anderson put it after Sunday's loss that left the SkyHawks upset in their first and last post season game. Moving past that and focusing on the positive is what Owner Gus Takkale does best, "it was a tough loss, it was very emotional in the locker room as the team next to us was cheering, but it's all part of the game ... on to next year. Our focus now will be on continuing to build our fan base, acquiring long-term sponsorship and building a greater presence in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. We are starting discussions with potential investors and looking for co-owners who have a passion for sports and entertainment".

When asked about Ottawa, Coach Jackson had this to say "I'd love to come back, Ottawa is a great city, and a loyal fan base has been established, it'd be great to return, it's early now to tell, but if I do come back, I'll tell you something right now, I want the same set up at the Courtyard Ottawa East, it's perfect. We had a private team dinner there last night and it's like home. The guys were in better spirits each one planning their next steps. Some players already heading off to play overseas this week". Taking a moment to collect himself, Coach went on to say "It's been an exciting year. It was quite something to watch this team as they progressed and they are a great group of guys that get along and have chemistry, that's important in a team and I hope to stay in touch with them".

Vice President Paula Deek spoke with passion when she stressed "Sports play a vital role in our community. It keeps the kids engaged, motivates them to be active and keeps them out of trouble. When I got involved in this venture, I came out learning a whole lot more about the influence basketball has on the players, the fans and the city. Keeping this team and League around is important, we have some great players in this Country, and we'd like to keep them here after College and University".

The Ottawa SkyHawks Executive Staff, Coaching staff, Players and Volunteers would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all those that supported us in this 'trying' year. We couldn't have done it without the help of our great sponsors:

- Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East

- 417 Bus Lines

- Booster Juice

- Wild Wings

- Subway

- Oil Changers

- Milident Lab

- Chi Suites

- Lone Star Texas Grill

- Mucho Burrito

- YMCA

- Capital Courts

- UTG Digital Media

- Ottawa Sun

- Smith Petrie Carr & Scott

- OttawaKiosk.com

- Pro Pyhsio

- Atlas Chiropractor

Next Home Game:

For the first time this season ... no next games to report

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