Ottawa Rebel

The Ottawa Rebel was a team in the National Lacrosse League based in Ottawa, Ontario from 2001 until 2003. They initially played at the Corel Centre (now called the Canadian Tire Centre), but part-way through the 2002 season moved to the smaller, but centrally located, Ottawa Civic Centre.[1] From 1997 until 2000 the team was located in Syracuse, New York and was called the Syracuse Smash.

Ottawa Rebel
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Based inOttawa, Ontario
ArenaCorel Centre (2001-02)
Ottawa Civic Centre (2002-03)
Colorsblack, grey, red
FormerlySyracuse Smash

The Rebel was owned by the Brad Watters group which also brought lacrosse to Toronto and Montreal.

In their first season in Ottawa the Rebel had one win and thirteen losses and finished last of nine teams. Their second season was slightly better, with four wins and twelve losses, but due to tie breakers they finished fourth in the Northern Division and thirteenth overall behind the Calgary Roughnecks, who also finished with a 4-12 record. In their third and final year in Ottawa they again had four wins and twelve losses, placing them fourth in the Northern Division again but tenth out of twelve in the overall league standings.

As the Syracuse Smash they were last overall all three years prompting the move to the Canadian capital.

The franchise became inactive after the 2003 season. In 2005, it was purchased by Bruce Urban and moved to Edmonton, Alberta, becoming the Edmonton Rush.

All time RecordEdit

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2001   1-13 9th 0-7 1-6 144 220 Mark Vitarelli Missed playoffs
2002 Northern 4-12 4th 1-7 3-5 202 245 Marty Cooper,
Lindsay Sanderson
Missed playoffs
2003 Northern 4-12 4th 3-5 1-7 174 215 Terry Sanderson Missed playoffs
Total 3 seasons 9-37   4-19 5-18 520 680  

2000-01 scheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
1 December 21, 2000 @ Toronto Rock Air Canada Centre L 7–17 13,333 0–1
2 December 29, 2000 @ Albany Attack Times Union Center L 7–14 0–2
3 January 5, 2001 Toronto Rock Canadian Tire Centre L 7–16 12,193 0–3
4 January 12, 2001 @ Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) Wachovia Center L 8–17 14,386 0–4
5 January 14, 2001 @ Washington Power Capital One Arena L 14–18 0–5
6 January 19, 2001 New York Saints Canadian Tire Centre L 8–9 7,893 0–6
7 January 26, 2001 @ Columbus Landsharks Nationwide Arena L 10–11 6,138 0–7
8 February 3, 2001 @ Buffalo Bandits HSBC Arena L 14–25 8,111 0–8
9 February 9, 2001 Albany Attack Canadian Tire Centre L 10–13 0–9
10 February 16, 2001 Buffalo Bandits Canadian Tire Centre L 12–21 7,083 0–10
11 March 2, 2001 Rochester Knighthawks Canadian Tire Centre L 11–17 0–11
12 March 18, 2001 Washington Power Canadian Tire Centre L 13–17 0–12
13 March 30, 2001 @ New York Saints Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum W 15–14 1–12
14 April 6, 2001 Columbus Landsharks Canadian Tire Centre L 8–11 1–13

2001-02 scheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
1 November 18, 2001 Vancouver Ravens Canadian Tire Centre W 13–10 6,230 1–0
2 December 2, 2001 Calgary Roughnecks Canadian Tire Centre L 11–17 5,140 1–1
3 December 14, 2001 @ Toronto Rock Air Canada Centre L 6–12 14,169 1–2
4 December 21, 2001 Rochester Knighthawks Canadian Tire Centre L 10–14 4,654 1–3
5 January 4, 2002 Columbus Landsharks Canadian Tire Centre L 11–15 5,500 1–4
6 January 19, 2002 @ Albany Attack Times Union Center L 17–18 3,027 1–5
7 January 25, 2002 @ Montreal Express Bell Centre L 15–20 7,132 1–6
8 January 27, 2002 Montreal Express Canadian Tire Centre L 9–13 6,304 1–7
9 February 2, 2002 @ Vancouver Ravens General Motors Place L 10–21 9,613 1–8
10 February 9, 2002 @ Calgary Roughnecks Scotiabank Saddledome W 20–15 8,854 2–8
11 February 16, 2002 Toronto Rock Canadian Tire Centre L 8–15 7,826 2–9
12 March 2, 2002 @ Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) Wachovia Center L 17–19 14,016 2–10
13 March 7, 2002 Washington Power Canadian Tire Centre L 15–18 5,308 2–11
14 March 16, 2002 @ New Jersey Storm Izod Center W 12–10 6,535 3–11
15 March 23, 2002 @ New York Saints Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum W 17–16 5,452 4–11
16 March 24, 2002 New Jersey Storm Canadian Tire Centre L 11–12 OT 6,535 4–12

2002-03 scheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
1 December 28, 2002 Calgary Roughnecks Rona Centre L 9–14 3,642 0–1
2 January 3, 2003 @ Columbus Landsharks Nationwide Arena L 13–14 2,103 0–2
3 January 4, 2003 @ New York Saints Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum W 16–12 4,274 1–2
4 January 11, 2003 Colorado Mammoth Rona Centre W 13–11 3,586 2–2
5 January 23, 2003 Toronto Rock Rona Centre L 6–15 2,794 2–3
6 February 1, 2003 New Jersey Storm Rona Centre W 12–8 2,713 3–3
7 February 7, 2003 @ Toronto Rock Air Canada Centre L 10–13 16,059 3–4
8 February 15, 2003 Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) Rona Centre W 11–9 4,816 4–4
9 February 28, 2003 @ Rochester Knighthawks Blue Cross Arena L 7–13 8,531 4–5
10 March 8, 2003 Vancouver Ravens Rona Centre L 10–13 6,267 4–6
11 March 15, 2003 @ New Jersey Storm Izod Center L 15–16 6,302 4–7
12 March 21, 2003 @ Buffalo Bandits HSBC Arena L 9–12 7,943 4–8
13 March 22, 2003 Buffalo Bandits Rona Centre L 9–11 4,512 4–9
14 March 28, 2003 @ Vancouver Ravens General Motors Place L 7–10 9,233 4–10
15 March 30, 2003 @ Calgary Roughnecks Scotiabank Saddledome L 16–26 10,603 4–11
16 April 12, 2003 Columbus Landsharks Rona Centre L 12–17 5,289 4–12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rebel going downtown after Saturday". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. 2002-02-15. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2006-11-09.