The Campbellford Rebels has a rich history within the Campbellford community. While there has been much flux within the organization in recent years, with the start of the 2019-20 hockey season brought new ownership, management team, coaching staff, sponsorship family, and volunteers; all of whom are committed to turning the page and beginning a new chapter together in Rebels history. All are eager for the upcoming 2020-21 hockey season which will bring even more new and exciting announcements, fundraising events, a larger sponsorship presence, alumni gatherings, and of course, a stronger team!
Our club provides today's youth with the opportunity to play within the Provincial Junior Hockey League, Tod Division, which is not only highly competitive, but also molds our players into upstanding citizens. Our club stresses to each player what a vital role education plays for their own development and future career goals. Education comes first. The Campbellford Rebels Junior C is an organization committed to developing our athletes into better hockey players and outstanding members of their society. The team is dedicated to providing a junior hockey experience that is bar none. We work with volunteer community programs, school organizations, and our charity partners to help build leadership qualities and transferable life skills in our players.
Winning hockey games is only one goal within our program as we strive towards teamwork, ongoing stewardship and philanthropic action within the community, life-long learning, and overall physical health. Here at the Campbellford Rebels, together we hope to build a winning team, both on and off the ice, and will do our best to provide an opportunity for all our junior hockey players to advance in every aspect of their life.
Director of Hockey Operations & Sponsorship
Campbellford's junior hockey history began in 1980. The Campbellford Merchants joined the Quinte-St. Lawrence Junior C Hockey League. In 1986, the Quinte-St. Lawrence league was falling apart and merged with the more western Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League. The Merchants and most of the other local teams, like the Frankford Huskies, were forced into hiatus.
In 1989, The Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League was formed in the same region as the Quinte-St. Lawrence League. In 1992, the Campbellford Rebels were formed to compete in the new league. The first goal in Rebels history was scored by Marc Emmons on October 7, 1992. In 1995, the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League became the Empire B Junior C Hockey League to stifle confusion between the league and the neighbouring Ottawa District Hockey Association's Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League.
Success for the Rebels began in 1996. The Rebels won the 1997, 1998, and 2000 league championships. After disappointment in 2001 and 2002, the Rebels were again victorious in 2003 and 2004. With five league championships in eight years, the Rebels have yet to win the Clarence Schmalz Cup as All-Ontario Champions.
The Rebels finished third overall in the 2005-06 regular season. Because of a new divisionary system in the league, despite finishing the season with a losing record, the Rebels finished first in their division and received a bye to the league semi-final. In the semi-final, the Rebels drew the Amherstview Jets who beat Campbellford 4-games-to-1.
The Rebels ended up in fourth place in the 2006-07 final standings. Barely sneaking in on the final playoff spot, the Rebels came up against the top seeded Colborne Cobras who polished off Campbellford 4-games-to-none to move on to the league final.
Campbellford had a great 2011-12 season and ended up in the league final vs the defending champions Picton Pirates. The Rebels upset the Pirates to win the Empire B Championship. In the provincials they advanced for the first time past the QF defeating the Clarington Eagles of the Central Ontario League in seven games. Then the Rebels surprised everyone by winning the first three games of their SF vs the powerful Alliston Hornets of the Georgian Bay Mid Ontario League. The Hornets sting came out in game 4 and the Rebels epi pen couldn't save them after that. Alliston came back to win the series in 7 games.
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Home Sweet Home in Campbellford
With such a rich history as the Campbellford Rebels, how could we survive anywhere else? Visit Campbellford for yourself and you'll see why we'll never leave! #CfordPPRIDE
Pictured from left to right: Rebels' Head Coach Jason Stahlbaum (2019-20), Will Perley-Fry, + Port Hope Panther's Head Coach Shaun Dunbar
Rebels own Will Perley-Fry was awarded the Humanitarian Award for his involvement with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Will raised $1100 for this year's walk and we couldn't be more proud!
Campbellford Santa Claus Parade
The 2019-20 Rebels team who, in conjunction with the Campbellford Rotary Club, collected non-perishable food items for the Fare Share Food Bank during the Campbellford Santa Claus Parade. It's a fun tradition where our players boogie around the route with shopping carts, collecting food from the onlookers of the parade.
Campbellford Legion Poppy Drive
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Back Row: Ben Krauja, Andrew Moran, Cameron Costello, Trystyn Hislop, Caleb Sommerfeldt, Ben Cross, Hunter Matthysse
Front Row: Michael Brassor, Kyle Hayes
From the Campbellford Legion, Branch #103: "How do we even begin to thank these guys! Carried all 100 wreaths from the attic, assisted in a renovation, and canvassed for poppies all day! A special shout-out to these Campbellford Rebels who took a day off from their paying jobs to help the Campbellford Legion!"