There’s a lot of new stuff for the London Lightning with the team unveiling their roster Thursday (Oct. 23) — and there’s more new things than just Zane Johnson getting a haircut.
Of the 12 players on the team, five played some time last year with the Lightning (Maurice Bolden, Johnson, Elvin Mims, Stephen McDowell and Marvin Phillips).
All of the Canadians, a league minimum of four is mandatory, are new (Clinton Springer-Williams, Quincy Okolie, Enrico Di Loreto and Kurt Alexander). Springer-Williams and Di Loreto call London their hometown.
Mims, the oldest player on the team, will take on a bigger role with the team and work as an assistant coach.
While Bolden is the tallest player on the team at 6’-10”, it’s 6’-9” Okolie with the biggest wingspan at 7’-5”.
In a press conference Thursday at the Lightning training facility showing off the new team, Lightning owner Vito Frijia said a hairline fracture in McDowell’s heel in the quarter-final series with the Brampton A’s was the downfall of the club last season. London ended up losing to the eventual league champs Windsor Express in the conference semifinal in Game 7.
New Lightning Al Stewart, who played with the Island Storm (formerly the Summerside Storm) for three seasons, is a two-time National Basketball League of Canada defensive player of the year.
Johnson was forced to cut his hair when he joined the New York Knicks NBA Las Vegas Summer League team and his nickname of Sunshine will be retired, Frijia said.
In the photo gallery is headshots of each player and their bio.