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Fans, teammates hold vigil for Strickland

During his two seasons with the Halifax Rainmen, the late John Strickland never failed to put smiles on the faces of teammates and fans. At a vigil in his memory outside the Metro Centre last night, he continued to do so.

During his two seasons with the Halifax Rainmen, the late John Strickland never failed to put smiles on the faces of teammates and fans. At a vigil in his memory outside the Metro Centre last night, he continued to do so.

“I’m not gonna shed a tear today,” Rainmen owner Andre Levingston told about 50 friends, fans and teammates who looked on holding candles. “While I am sad, I am also happy for the time we spent with him.”

Strickland was found dead in his New York City home on Oct. 6. He was 38.

Laughs echoed through the crowd as those gathered shared stories of the comedic on- and off-court antics that made Strickland a fan favourite.

“He’d celebrate two points and make it look like 50 points,” said Rainmen forward Eric Crookshank. “He was beyond a character.”

 
 
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