OJHL approves relocation of Brantford franchise to King Township

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The King Rebellion is the newest team in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), the league announced today.

Approvals have been granted to move the OJHL’s Brantford 99ers franchise to King Township for the 2024-25 season.

“On behalf of the OJHL Board of Governors we are excited with the relocation of Brantford to the King Township market,” said Marty Savoy, Commissioner of the OJHL. “The community, in working through the details of the relocation, has gone above and beyond to welcome our franchise, which will be known as the King Rebellion and we are confident the team will be successful in King Township.”

“I am extremely excited beyond words in relocating the Brantford 99ers hockey team to King Township for the 2024-25 season.  The team will become the King Rebellion,” Rebellion Governor Willa Wang said. “I would like to thank in particular Marty Savoy and Chris Vanstone from the OJHL and Chris Fasciano and Jonathan Bell from King Township for their unwavering  support  and guidance in making this a reality.”

“King Township has been fantastic and we are looking forward to working closely with their minor hockey teams and becoming involved in community events throughout the year.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the King Rebellion to our community,” said King Township Mayor Steve Pellegrini.  “This relocation not only adds to our vibrant sports culture but also creates new opportunities for our local athletes. We look forward to cheering on the Rebellion at the Township-Wide Recreation Centre (TWRC), a carbon neutral, state-of-the-art facility that reflects our commitment to sustainability and community engagement.”

The name Rebellion was  chosen to align with the existing King Township Minor Hockey Association’s rep program team name. The team’s name also pays homage to the Lloydtown Rebellion of 1837, which was part of the Upper Canada Rebellion.

King Township, with a population of 27,000-plus, is located north of Toronto in York Region.

The King Rebellion will play their home games at the new recreation centre , which is slated to open in the fall of 2024. The team’s inaugural home opener will occur in September, with the exact date to be determined.

The Rebellion will be coached by Mark Joslin, who was named the 2023-24 OJHL Coach of the Year and was a finalist for this year’s CJHL Coach of the Year award.

Joslin took over as head coach of the Brantford 99ers in the summer of 2023. Under his leadership, the 99ers’ record went from 5-46-1-2 in 2022-23 to 26-26-0-4 this season. His four previous seasons with the Toronto Patriots included being named OJHL Executive of the Year in 2018. He has also coached with the OJHL’s North York Rangers, Aurora Tigers, Pickering Panthers and Stouffville Spirit.

“We’re excited to move into a nice, small community that has not had a junior hockey team before,” said Joslin, a life-long resident of York Region. “The league and the township have been very supportive. There is so much potential all around in King.”

Joslin said the township provided upgrades to the Rebellion, including construction of “an OHL-quality dressing room with individual stalls” and the installation of a clock over centre ice in the new arena.

The Rebellion will be involved in the community, Joslin said, beginning at a festival in King next month. Players will also assist at minor hockey practices during the 2024-25 season.

The TWRC, where the King Rebellion will play, is the first such publicly funded structure in Canada to achieve the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Design Certification. The facility will include an aquatics centre, two NHL-sized ice rinks, an artificial turf fieldhouse and a multi-use community space.

A Rebellion jersey-unveiling ceremony featuring the new logo will be held at the King council meeting on the evening of Monday, May 27.