Port Hope Panthers

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Port Hope Panthers
Port Hope Panthers
Empire B Junior C Hockey League
City Port Hope, Ontario
Founded 2004
Franchise history 2004-2009: Colborne Cobras
2009-Pres: Port Hope Panthers
Head Coach Mat Goody
General Manager Ian Green
Arena Jack Burger Sports Complex
Team Colors White, Blue, Red
              

The Port Hope Panthers are a Canadian junior hockey team based in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Empire B Junior C Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.[1]

History[edit]

In 1995, the Trenton Sting made the jump from the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League to the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. In their wake, they formed a feeder team that was to be known as the Brighton Buzz. The Junior C league changed its name to the Empire B Junior C Hockey League just prior to the 1995-96 season to avoid confusion with the Ottawa District Hockey Association's Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League. After two seasons, in 1997 the Brighton Buzz moved and became the Colborne Blackhawks. The Blackhawks folded mid-season in 1999. The Sting's feeder team had been an utter disaster as it had only won 16 games in 140 contests over four seasons.

In 2004, Junior hockey came back to the Town of Colborne. The Empire B league expanded and formed the Colborne Cobras. Their first season was all about survival as the team finished in dead last.

The 2005-06 season saw the Cobras show some staying power with thirteen wins, despite a fifth place finish. They made the playoffs, and in the league quarter-final the Cobras drew the Picton Pirates. The Cobras defeated the Pirates 3-games-to-2 to win the team's first ever playoff series. In the league semi-final, the Cobras were swamped by the eventual champion Napanee Raiders 4-games-to-none.

The 2006-07 season was a breakout season for the Colborne Cobras. With thirty-two wins in thirty-nine games, the Cobras finished in first place overall in the regular season.[2] In the league semi-final, the Cobras drew the fourth seeded Campbellford Rebels. The Cobras dispatched the Rebels with a 4-games-to-none sweep. In the team's first ever league final, the Cobras found themselves up against the Amherstview Jets.[3] After a long and hard fought battle, the Jets had enough fuel left to win game 7 and the series 4-games-to-3.

On May 28, 2009, it was announced the Colborne Cobras would move to Port Hope to fill the void left by the OJHL's Port Hope Predators moving to Trenton. The team will be called the Port Hope Panthers.[4][5]

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Cobras Logo 2004-2009
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Colborne Cobras
2004-05 34 3 27 2 2 74 167 10 6th EBJCHL
2005-06 34 13 21 0 0 120 156 26 5th EBJCHL Lost Semi-final
2006-07 39 32 6 1 0 201 117 65 1st EBJCHL Lost Final
2007-08 40 16 21 - 3 165 222 35 4th EBJCHL
2008-09 40 9 26 - 5 128 224 23 6th EBJCHL
Port Hope Panthers
2009-10 40 24 11 - 5 199 134 53 3rd EBJCHL Lost Final
2010-11 40 17 18 - 5 137 161 39 5th EBJCHL Lost Semi-final
2011-12 40 12 19 - 9 129 168 33 5th EBJCHL Lost Semi-final
2012-13 40 25 14 - 1 184 154 51 2nd EBJCHL Lost Final
2013-14 40 20 15 - 5 145 130 45 3rd EBJCHL Lost Semi-final

Notable alumni[edit]

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