The American Basketball Association Inc. (ABA) will be introducing the Calgary Crush as the only Western Canadian team in the ABA. The original ABA was founded in 1967 and rivaled the NBA in the early 1970’s. The league offered a new style of basketball in an era that was changing the way we see the world. With innovative ideas like the three point shot and dunk contest the ABA created excitement in the form of creativity and entertainment that continues today. The Calgary Crush is proud to be a part of the ABA with its great history and dedication to the game of basketball. Sal Rashidian (Owner), Eddie Richardson III (Head Coach), and Greg Smith (General Manager) are proud to bring the Crush to Calgary with a strong vision for the future of basketball in Western Canada. Jonard Tan (Photographer) and Christopher Pike (Sports Writer) have also been recently added to a team looking to create its own identity in the Calgary sports community.
The community has shown their support for basketball in Calgary with generous sponsorships and partnerships that have strengthened the Calgary Crush organization. The Crush would like to acknowledge all current sponsors and partners who have provided a strong passion and support for basketball in Calgary. With a contribution from International Hotel Suites Calgary, the Crush will be providing all visiting American teams with accommodations and a warm, comforting welcome to the great city of Calgary. By combining forces the Crush organization is confident that the game of basketball will continue to grow in the Calgary marketplace well into the future. "I am excited to bring professional basketball to Calgary as we believe Canadians have a tremendous amount of unrecognized talent," stated Sal Rashidian, Owner. "I would also like to thank all of our current sponsors and give a special thanks to Joe Newman and the ABA for making the Calgary Crush the only Western Canadian team."
The Crush would like to recognize all players, individuals and organizations that have supported the team while providing essential contributions to the success and future growth of the organization. "With home grown talent and support this team is equipped to take on its American competition and embrace a new generation of Canadian sports fans," said Christopher Pike, sports writer. "Basketball is ready to explode and I think the Crush are prepared to light the flame that ignites the basketball community in Calgary." The organization is looking to bring professional basketball back to Calgary. A team that is passionate about the sport and willing to expand the game of basketball throughout the city. Experience a basketball revolution from the ground floor and join Calgary’s only professional basketball team. The Revolution begins November 9, 2012.
Contact: Calgary Crush
Sal Rashidian, Calgary Crush, Owner