Rainmen ink Crookshank, Strickland to new deals - Metro US

Rainmen ink Crookshank, Strickland to new deals

The Halifax Rainmen officially re-signed forwards Eric Crookshank and John Strickland for the 2010 season at a press conference yesterday.

The two fan favourites were in good spirits in a cramped boardroom at the team’s corporate office in downtown Halifax, as team owner Andre Levingston and head coach Les Berry handed them folders containing the one-year deals.

“Crookshank is a very talented, athletic forward who brings great leaping ability and will provide a very entertaining tempo to the team,” Berry said in a release. “Strickland is a player who will be counted on for much needed experience.”

Strickland is returning to the Rainmen for a second year, while Crookshank has been with the Rainmen since their inaugural 2007-08 campaign.

Crookshank, the face of the franchise in Halifax, again has high expectations for the club going into the new Premier Basketball League season in January.

“The goal is a title. If we don’t get a title, I think we’ll fall short (of expectations),” Crookshank told Metro after the media conference. “Going to the playoffs, that’s OK, but it’s like, I can get an A in this class, but I’ll settle for a C. We want an A.”

Crookshank is also hopeful the team will continue to build on its fan base that averaged 2,811 per game last season.

“A lot of people love the energy, they love to come out. It’s one of the best tickets in town,” he said. “I would say at least 2,000 more fans this year.”

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