World Basketball League (1992)
National Basketball League (1993)
Born: 1991 – WBL expansion franchise.
Died: 1993 – The Skyhawks relocate to Edmonton in midseason.
Arena: Copps Coliseum
- 1992: Ron Foxcroft, et al.
- 1993: ??
The Hamilton Skyhawks were an Ontario-based minor league basketball team that played for parts of two seasons in the early 1990’s, failing to complete either campaign.
The Skyhawks’ first go around was in the World Basketball League, a circuit which only allowed players 6′ 5″ or shorter. The WBL featured four franchises in Canada, all of which had some semblance of a following. The league’s U.S.-based teams were considerably less popular and the whole enterprise fell apart in July 1992 when it was revealed that the league’s primary patron was funding operations with embezzled money. The WBL folded in midseason on August 1, 1992.
The group of four Canadian franchises decided to form a new Canada-only league and re-group in 1993. Well, sort of. Skyhawks founder Ron Foxcroft was dubious and bailed out of the new effort, dubbed the “National Basketball League“. But new owners took over the team and kept the Skyhawks going in Hamilton. The NBL debuted in the spring of 1993.
The new Skyhawks ownership group ran out of momentum as the season wore on. The Skyhawks qualified for the 1993 NBL playoffs with a 24-22, but abruptly moved to Edmonton just before the playoffs got underway. Playing as the “Edmonton Skyhawks”, the team lost in the semi-finals to the Cape Breton Breakers. The team was never heard from again, in either Hamilton or Edmonton.
The rest of the NBL went out of business a year later, midway through the 1994 season.
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