First Name: Acadia Men's
Last Name: Basketball Team 1976-77
Sport: Basketball
Inductee Type: Team
Year Inducted: 2009

Acadia Axemen Basketball Team of 1976-77 won the CIS championship in Halifax, defeating Lakehead University 72-63 at the Halifax Forum. They won the AUS title in an 84-82 OT thriller over UPEI. The team won 25 of 30 games overall, including one stretch of 23 wins in 24 games, and 16 in a row. Ed Shannon was AUS MVP and Alvin Jessamy was an all-Canadian on this team with eight Nova Scotians on its roster including a starting backcourt of Gordie West of Liverpool and Robert Upshaw of Lower Sackville, plus freshman forward Ted Upshaw of Windsor who would become an all-conference player. Coach Dick Hunt was named AUS Coach of the Year.

Team Members include: Tony Aker, John Archibald, Don Crosby (assistant coach), Bruce Hunt, Dick Hunt (coach), Alvin Jessamy, Stephen Johnson, Peter Justason (trainer), Peter Leighton (assistant coach), Al Oliver, Liz (Raaymakers) Popowich (manager), Doug Roberts, Ed Shannon (co-captain), Eric Skinner, John Thompson, Bruce Toigo, John Townsend (assistant coach), Robert Upshaw (co-captain), Ted Upshaw, Gordie West (co-captain), Norman Whynot.


• CIS Men’s Basketball Champions 1977-78
• 3rd Acadia Men’s hoops team to win title
• 1st to win 3-non-Canadian-trained player rule, CIS
• Nova Scotians played major role
• Defeated Lakehead Uni 72-63 in CIS Final