The Belleville McFarland’s

In the spring of 1959 the City of Belleville went crazy as their hometown hockey team returned as World Cup Champions.The team was the Belleville McFarlands, a team of seasoned pros, promising rookies and local farm boys who won the championship after a grueling series against the best teams in the world held in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In the previous year, the Macs won the Allan Cup in Kelowna, British Columbia.

The team’s captain was Floyd Crawford. Ike Hildebrand was the playing coach, and the team was managed by Billy Reay. Jean Paul Lamirande won the award as the best defenseman at the World Championship. Thousands of area residents lined the main streets of Belleville to gain a glimpse of the team members as the victory parade passed by. McFarland mania made this one of the greatest moments in Belleville’s sports history.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday May 3, 2009 at the Regent Theatre in Picton an additional screening for loyal fans will be held, starting at 2pm. This is being held for those who could not make it in to Belleville on Apr.4., and to honour the support of ‘county’ residents from Prince Edward who played such an important role in the history of the team.

Admission will be $6.00, available at the door only on May 3. Commemorative books/DVD sets will be available for sale; $50 for the regular set (soft cover book/reg.DVD) and $100 for the Limited Edition Set (hard cover book/Special DVD package). Cheques or Cash would be preferred.

April 4, 2009 at the Empire Theatre, is now history. A tremendous time was held by all (see the Events page for details!).

The Commemorative Memorabilia

The DVD is a documentary production initiative of History Lives Here Inc., a television and video production company based in Picton, Ontario. The company specializes in historical documentaries and features produced for widespread broadcast and as a means of showcasing community history through parnerships with local organizations. The founder of History Lives Here Inc. is Peter Lockyer, an experienced broadcast journalist, independent television producer and communications consultant with extensive national and international experience including assignments with CBC Radio and Television. More information can be found on their website at :

The book is being produced by Aaron Bell of Clear Media and Publishing. Aaron has produced other sport publications featuring the Belleville Bulls, the OHL and the Memorial Cup. Contact information is available at: