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BlackJacks season kicks of May 24

Ottawa will play 10 home games at TD Place Arena and is highlighted by five home games on Thursday nights,
The Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

The Ottawa BlackJacks kick off their 2023 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season on May 24 at home against the defending champions, the Brampton Honey Badgers. 

The CEBl released its full schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and the BlackJacks begin their quest for CEBL supremacy when they take on the team that beat them in last season's CEBL semifinal weekend in Ottawa. 

The 2023 season marks the fifth for the CEBL, and the fourth for the BlackJacks, who were the first expansion franchise of the league.

Ottawa will compete against three new teams this season, including the expansion Winnipeg Sea Bears, and two relocated teams which are the Calgary Surge (formerly of Guelph) and the Brampton Honey Badgers (formerly of Hamilton).

The CEBL has announced a conference model of competition for its fifth season. The league’s 10 teams are divided into an Eastern and Western Conference. The Western Conference includes Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. Ottawa is part of the Eastern Conference with Brampton, Montréal, Niagara and Scarborough. 

Ottawa will play 10 home games at TD Place Arena and is highlighted by five home games on Thursday nights, the most of any day in the week.The teamvisits its closest geographical opponents, the Montreal Alliance, before coming back to Ottawa to play back-to-back home games on May 30 and June 1 against Scarborough and Montreal, respectively.

After their first trip out west, the BlackJacks will play their only Saturday night game on June 17, the first of four matchups against the Niagara River Lions. Ottawa will play host to the Montreal Alliance for a second time on Thursday, June 22.

After three consecutive home games (June 27 to July 2), concluding with a Sunday afternoon matinee against the Winnipeg Sea Bears, Ottawa will embark on their longest road trip of the season from July 5 until July 14 when they will travel to Saskatchewan, Vancouver, Brampton and Scarborough. The regular season will come to an end at home on Thursday, July 27, against Vancouver.

The 2023 Championship Weekend takes place in Vancouver from August 11-13. Host Vancouver, along with the top-ranked team from the Eastern Conference, will automatically be seeded into the semifinals hosted at Championship Weekend.

 The CEBL postseason will feature play-in games between the third and fourth-ranked teams in each conference. Winners will advance to the quarterfinals and play the second-best team of their respective conferences. The fifth-ranked team in each conference will be eliminated unless Vancouver places fifth in the west in which case the fourth-ranked west team will get eliminated. Quarterfinal winners in each conference will play their respective conference teams already seeded in the semifinals. The full postseason schedule will be revealed at a later date.

CEBL free agency opens on Wednesday, February 1. The BlackJacks currently have 11 players on their 2023 protected list. 


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