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2018 Shoveller Men's Basketball Tournament

2018 Shoveller Men's Basketball Tournament

Presented by HealthView Medical Imaging, the 27th annual Rod & Joan Shoveller Memorial Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place December 28-30, 2018 at Dalplex. Teams participating include AUS members Dalhousie, Cape Breton, Saint Mary's, StFX and Memorial in addition to the RSEQ’s Laval and ACAA teams Holland College and Mount Saint Vincent.

“We’re very pleased to be hosting the Rod & Joan Shoveller Memorial Men’s Basketball Tournament for the 27th year,” says Tim Maloney, Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation. “The Shoveller family means a lot to us here at Dalhousie and we’re especially pleased to have Rod and Joan’s grandson Mike play for the Tigers in this year’s tournament.”











A ceremonial tip-off with the Shoveller family will take place at the beginning of Thursday’s 8:00pm game featuring Mount Saint Vincent and the host Dalhousie Tigers.

Friday, December 28
Game 1 1:00pm SMU 87 vs. StFX 53 Webcast
Game 2 3:00pm Holland College 104 vs. MUN 105 Webcast
Game 3 6:00pm Laval 71 vs. CBU 74 Webcast
Game 4 8:00pm DAL 84 vs. MSVU 42 Webcast


Saturday, December 29
Game 5 1:00pm L G1 StFX 100 vs. L G2 Holland College 91  
Game 6 3:00pm L G3 Laval 72 vs. L G4 MSVU 58  
Game 7 6:00pm W G1 SMU 87 vs. W G2 MUN 61 Webcast
Game 8 8:00pm W G3 CBU 62 vs. WG4 DAL 76 Webcast

Sunday, December 30
Game 9 9:00am Holland College vs. MSVU (7th and 8th place)  
Game 10 11:00am StFX vs. Laval (5th and 6th place)  
Game 11 1:00pm MUN vs. CBU (3rd and 4th place) Webcast
Game 12 3:00pm SMU vs. DAL (championship final) Webcast


Ticket Prices Adult Senior/Non-Dal Students
Tournament Pass $25 $20
Doubleheader $10 $8

Corporate Ticket Package $100: Includes six tournament passes
Team Package $30: Day pass for 12 athletes and 2 coaches

Tournament passes are available at the gate or at the Dalplex Customer Service Centre.

  Previous Champions

2018 Event 2017 Event 2016 Event 2015 Event 2014 Event


The Shovellers

Rod Shoveller, a former special events coordinator at Dalhousie University who was well known for his more than 30 years of service to basketball officiating, passed away on November 12, 1991, at age 59. A member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame (NSSHF), Rod died of cancer after an upbeat and ultimately inspiring battle against the disease.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, he was a twenty-two year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. After leaving the service, he graduated from Dalhousie with a degree in Physical Education. Shoveller was the Athletic Director at the University of King’s College from 1965-80, coaching men’s basketball for nine years and women’s volleyball for two.

During those years he also worked as a special events coordinator at Dalhousie. He spent his last decade as the Athletic Director at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He won a long list of awards, including the National Association of Basketball Coaches of Canada Merit Award in 1977; the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Certificate of Merit Award in 1985; and the J.A. Wink Wilcox Award, annually given to a Canadian referee for outstanding contribution.

Throughout his many years of involvement with sport in our province, Rod exemplified the kind of passionate commitment to people and strength in the face of challenge, which characterizes sport at its very best.

In 1991, the men’s basketball team named their annual basketball tournament in his honour that still runs today.

Rod’s wife Joan, like many moms, spent a lot of time shuttling her three children (Bruce, Tim and Lynda) to their sporting events, all while managing a full time career. She divided her time between tennis, volleyball and basketball games, happy to support the efforts of her husband and children.

Born in Halifax and raised in Woodside, Joan was a graduate of the Dartmouth Ladies Business College. Throughout her working career, Joan was a consummate civil servant, exemplifying qualities of respect, confidentiality, team work and always with a smile. She retired from the civil service in 1994, where she had been an employment counselor for Employment Canada.

Joan started volunteering at the NSSHF following Rod’s induction and passing in 1991. She spent many hours as a host at the Hall of Fame and in recruiting others to volunteer their time.

She also assisted with many of the NSSHF’s annual fundraising events including their luncheon series, golf tournament, Gold Club events and the Hall of fame Induction Awards Night.

In 1998, Joan was named the NSSHF volunteer of the year for all of her hard work and dedication over the years.

A long-time Black and Gold member, Joan was a regular fixture at many of the Dal Tigers games and was always present for the ceremonial tip-off of the annual Rod Shoveller Memorial Basketball Tournament with her family in tow, until this past year.

Sadly, Joan passed away suddenly during the 2014 Shoveller tournament, at the age of 80. In 2015, the tournament was re-named to the Rod & Joan Shoveller Memorial Men’s Basketball Tournament.

They are survived by sons Tim and Bruce, daughter Lynda and their families in addition to a lengthy list of dear friends.