Raptors to play out West

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

The Toronto Raptors have always had the image of being 'Canada's team' and their extra efforts for the upcoming preseason will certainly continue that image.

They will be holding training camp in Ottawa and yesterday it was announced that they will be playing the Denver Nuggets in Edmonton on Oct. 21.

It's been nine years since the Raptors played an exhibition game in Edmonton.

They beat the Vancouver Grizzlies 110-84 in their only appearance in Edmonton back in 1999.

"We were contacted by Northlands a couple of years ago to have a game in Edmonton, but our schedule was full," said Raptors director of media relations Jim LaBumbard.

"This year we decided to partake in a preseason tournament in Los Angeles and we thought why not visit a city in Western Canada on the way back.

"Edmonton was the first to contact us about this, so we decided to give them first crack."

Preseason games in pro sports aren't always that exciting as teams play their prospects, but LaBumbard is confident that stars like Toronto's Chris Bosh and newly acquired Jermaine O'Neal will be in the lineup.

So could Denver studs Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson.

"We are carrying a smaller than usual roster, because of the salary cap," siad LaBumbard. "I think Edmonton will see most of our top players because it will be late in our preseason schedule."

The Raptors played in front of over 12,000 basketball fans back in 1999. LaBumbard is confident the attendance for October's contest will surpass that mark.


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