The St. John’s Edge both addressed a roster need and added local content with their latest player signing.
The National Basketball League of Canada’s Edge have signed Noel Moffatt, making the 6-5 wing from St. John’s the 15th player under contract to the team.
NBLC rules say that to dress a full lineup of 12 players for game, five of those players must be Canadians; Moffatt is the fifth Canadian signed by the Edge.
There is a familiarity factor that goes beyond the Moffatt being a local product. The 26-year-old product of Gonzaga High and Memorial University attended the Edge’s inaugural training camp in 2017, and although he didn’t make the final cut, did continue to practise with the team during the regular season.
And he has NBL Canada experience, having appeared in 16 games with the Windsor Express in 2016-17. This after his five seasons with the Memorial Sea-Hawks, including his final year, when he averaged more than 10 points and nearly six rebounds per game.
“We have had great talks all off-season, and adding someone from not only the province but the city to our team is huge,” said Edge head coach Steve Marcus.
If Moffatt sees action with the Edge, he will be the second former Memorial player to play with the team. His one-time Sea-Hawks teammate, Vasilije Curcic, appeared in 15 games for St. John’s in 2017-18 before playing with a team in Spain last season.
The Edge open their 2019-20 season Dec. 27 in Moncton against the defending champion Magic.