Saint John Mill Rats
Former Piston Blalock Joins Mill Rats


For Immediate Release                                                                October 11, 2011                                                                                                        

(Saint John, New Brunswick):  The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are excited to release that former Detroit Piston guard Will Blalock will play in the Port City this season.


Will Blalock 


Will Blalock was a second round selection by the Detroit Pistons in the 2006 NBA Draft after declaring for the draft after his junior year at Iowa State.  He finished three years at Iowa State ranked 22nd all-time in history in scoring (1,078 points), sixth in assists (464), tied for sixth in steals (177), and eighth in three-point field goals made (100).


In addition to the NBA, Blalock has played extensively in the NBA Development League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Anaheim Arsenal, the Maine Red Claws, and the Reno Bighorns.  He has also played overseas in Israel, Germany, and last season in Australia.


He has been a regular at NBA Summer League and went to training camp with the New Jersey Nets in 2009.  As a member of the Golden State Warriors summer league squad last summer, Blalock went head to head with the Washington Wizards #1 overall pick John Wall, in his summer league debut.


"We couldn't be more excited to add a player of the calibre of Will Blalock," stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy. "This guy has played against the best players in the world and now fans in Saint John will see him help lead us to an NBL Canada Championship."




Rogers Communications, our presenting sponsor for the 2011-2012 season, has purchased 6,200 tickets to the October 27th preseason game at Harbour Station against the Moncton Miracles.


Vouchers are available at local Rogers stores and will be distributed to minor basketball teams by the Saint John Mill Rats.  Make sure you visit Harbour Station as soon as possible or by October 19th and redeeem your voucher for tickets.  Last season the entire arena was full within 4-5 days!  Two tickets per coupon - max 6 tickets per person.


Rogers Slam Dunk 

Here is a preview of the Rogers Slam Dunk Game experience!


Rogers and the Saint John Mill Rats
Rogers and the Saint John Mill Rats

And a Will Blalock highlight:


Will Blalock behind the back to himself
Will Blalock behind the back to himself

The Mill Rats are now part of the new National Basketball League of Canada along with the Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles, Summerside Storm, London Lightning, and Oshawa Power.  Each team is required to have two Canadian players on their active roster at all times this season.


Mill Rats season tickets are now on sale at the Harbour Station box office 657-1234 or the Mill Rats office 214-4454, as well as several flex-ticket options.  Single game tickets are going on sale on October 17th.


For more information on the Saint John Mill Rats visit or email   


2011-2012 Saint John Mill Rats Season Presented By:




The Saint John Mill Rats are part of the National Basketball League of Canada.


Founded in 2011, the National Basketball League of Canada is the country's only professional basketball league. NBL Canada is committed to developing the next generation of Canadian athletes and raising the excitement and awareness for basketball throughout the country. Seven teams will play in the inaugural 2011-2012 season and the league is poised for continued expansion across Canada. NBL Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ont.


For more information on the league, please visit or  


Media Contact:


Apryll Stansfield             

Media Relations, Saint John Mill Rats

Phone: 1.506.214.4454



Bailey Williams

Director of Public Relations, The National Basketball League of Canada

Phone:  1.416.322.5188