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Breaker to Honour Dillon Boucher 08 Oct 2013

The Breakers have confirmed they will honour both last year's championship and the retirement of foundation player Dillon Boucher before Thursday night's NBL season opener at Vector Arena.

Before the game against the Wollongong Hawks (7.30pm tipoff) the threepeat ANBL champions will raise their third championship banner and Boucher's retired singlet to the rafters, in a time-honoured hoops tradition.

The banner raising will take place during the team entry ceremony, at 7.15pm.

With his retirement at the end of last season, Boucher was always a strong candidate to join his good mate and now assistant coach Paul Henare in having his number retired and the club didn't waste any time announcing the news that no one will again wear No 24 in a Breakers uniform.

Breakers General Manager Richard Clarke said this was one of the easier decisions the board has had to make, although one still taken very seriously.

"Retiring a number is a significant honour to be awarded to a player, and as a club we have developed criteria that determine whether a player qualifies for that honour," Clarke said.

"Our entire board complete the criteria individually, and it requires a unanimous result - albeit in Dillon's case we knew the criteria had been met and exceeded before we even started the process, as we had developed the criteria based on players like Paul Henare and Dillon and their contribution to the club.

"One of the key questions we ask in that process is can you tell the story of the club without telling that player's story? It would be impossible to tell the Breakers story without Dillon's name featuring throughout, and in particular contributing to some of our greatest achievements."

Clarke said the criteria recognised the impact the player made both on and off the court, and it was felt Boucher has had as much impact in the community and in helping basketball grow as a sport as he has in results on the court.

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