TORONTO — The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the eighth NBA Canada Series Presented by Bell will feature two preseason games in Edmonton and Montreal in October 2022, marking the first time the series has taken place since 2019.
On Sunday, October 2, the Toronto Raptors will take on the Utah Jazz at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB, marking the first NBA Canada Series appearance presented by Bell for the Jazz and the first NBA game at Rogers Place. The Raptors currently field 2019 NBA champion Pascal Siakam and 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes, in addition to Quebec natives Chris Boucher and Toronto’s Khem Birch and Dalano Banton. The Jazz currently field three-time NBA All-Star Donovan Mitchell and Canadian forward Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
On Friday, October 14, the Raptors will take on the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference champions Boston Celtics at the Bell Center in Montreal, QC, marking Bell’s second appearance in the NBA Canada Series presented by Bell for the Celtics in Montreal (2013) and sixth in the league. playing in Montreal since 2012. The Celtics currently field three-time NBA All-Star and 2021-22 All-NBA First Team member Jayson Tatum, 2020-21 NBA All-Star Jaylen Brown and Defensive Player of the Year of the NBA 2021-22 Marcus Smart.
Fans in Canada can sign up for exclusive access to presale tickets at NBA.com/CanadaSeries. Tickets for both games will go on sale August 19 through Ticketmaster. In addition to presenting partner Bell, NBA Canada Series supporting partners include Hennessy (Montreal), Michelob Ultra, Nike and Tangerine.
The two games will mark the 10th anniversary of the first NBA Canada Series game presented by Bell, which featured the Raptors and New York Knicks playing a preseason game in Montreal in 2012. In total, 14 NBA teams have participated in 14 preseasons. games in five provinces as part of the NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, drawing a total attendance of more than a quarter of a million Canadians.
For more information, fans in Canada can follow the NBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Y tik tok. A full range of official NBA merchandise is available at the NBA Store in Canada by visiting NBAStore.ca.
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Executive and player quotes:
Leah MacNab, General Manager of NBA Canada:
“As we approach 10 years since the first NBA Canada Series Presented by Bell Game, I am immensely proud of the positive impact this series continues to have on the Canadian basketball community, from early NBA experiences for fans and families to the organization of dozens of camps. , community programs and court renovations, we appreciate the continued commitment of Bell and our teams to bring the excitement of live gaming to our dedicated fans across the country.
Bell Vice President of Branding and Sponsorship, David Kennedy:
“As a proud partner of the Toronto Raptors and the league, we are excited to bring the live NBA experience back to fans in Edmonton and Montreal. In addition to the games, our sponsorship of the NBA Canada Series will include Bell for Better initiatives that connect communities and inspire change through basketball.”
Toronto Raptors General Manager Bobby Webster:
“It’s so great to be able to once again play in front of our fans across Canada. We can’t wait to get back to Montreal and play Rogers Place in Edmonton for the first time. It’s a fantastic reminder, as we start a new season, that we are Team Canada and we look forward to making Raptors fans proud, no matter where they cheer for us.”
Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham:
“We are excited to bring Celtics basketball to fans in Montreal as part of the NBA Canada Series. We applaud the NBA’s continued commitment to growing the game globally.”
Utah Jazz General Manager Justin Zanik:
“We are excited to be featured in the preseason NBA Canada Series. It is a unique opportunity for our organization to interact with Canadian fans of the league in Edmonton. Our players and staff are looking forward to it.”
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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with a mission to inspire and connect people around the world through the power of basketball. Built around five professional sports leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a significant international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages and products for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on seven continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 40 countries. NBA Digital assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA app and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers worldwide across all league, team and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, family and youth development, and health-related causes.