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Rebels announce relocation to Jamestown, New York

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that the Philadelphia Rebels have relocated their membership to Jamestown, New York, where they will continue to play in the NAHL’s East Division during the 2018-19 season.

“With now having a nice balance of six teams in our East Division this was an important evolution and step for the Rebels organization to continue their tradition of providing an elite level junior hockey opportunity for players and exposure to NCAA and NHL scouts based in the Eastern part of the United States,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.

The team will play out of the Northwest Arena as city and rink officials announced a new eight-year deal to bring the Rebels membership to Jamestown in a press conference on June 12th. The Rebels have spent the past three seasons playing in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

“Jamestown has all the necessities to operate a successful NAHL team, including a great arena, board, staff, fan base, and community support,” said Rebels owner Ken Dennis. “We are in this for the players. We need people to come out and help and who want to be part of the community.”

“What a great day, what an awesome time to be in Jamestown,” said Jamestown Center City Development Corporation co-president David Leathers. “For the arena, we’re extremely excited to announce the return of top-tier junior hockey to the Jamestown area and to the Northwest Arena.”

The Rebels will be playing in the same league that was once occupied by the Jamestown Ironmen from 2011-13, and Rebels head coach Joe Coombs knows that the talent will be fun to watch from the first puck drop.

“For the casual fan it will be better, it will be quicker that’s for sure. It will be a quicker game,” said Coombs, who has spent the past five seasons coaching for the organization. “The true hockey fan will know the difference very quickly. We are excited about our new home and I think fans will really enjoy the product on the ice.”

When looking back at some of the players that he has been fortunate to coach, Coombs mentioned Kristofers Binduls, who spent the 2015-16 season in the NAHL with Aston before heading to Lake Superior State University and then inking a deal with the Washington Capitals.

“We’ve been lucky the last few years to have some world-class players,” Coombs said. “I don’t know if it is every year that we get those type of players. I’d love to, that would be great.”

Dennis said that the Rebels main camp will be held at the arena July 6, 7 and 8. He also said they are looking for local people to volunteer to be billet families to house players during the season.

2018 NAHL Draft Recap: Rebels target forward position

The North American Hockey League held its annual player draft today with the Rebels having the twenty-second out of twenty-fourth pick in the first round due to the team having the third best winning percentage during the 2017-18 regular season. Overall, the Rebels took ten players broken down by the following positions: one (1) goaltender; three (3) defensemen and six (6) forwards.

“We went into the draft selecting players by need” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. We needed to fill gaps and wanted to establish a solid defensive corps and move on out. We felt we accomplished this” stated Pugliese.

“I thought our draft went very well” said Pugliese. “I’m happy with all of our picks, and I’m looking forward to bringing them all together and having them in camp” concluded Pugliese.

The following is a recap of the players selected by the Rebels.

Round 1 – 22nd Pick
Alexandre Roy, defenseman; Andre-Laurendeau; Shoots left; Born 9-21-1998. Hometown: St-Vallier, Que. Height: 5’8”; Weight: 130.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Andre-Laurendeau          36           6              18           24           20           2              0
’16-17 Season    Andre-Laurendeau          34           2              9              11           12           1              0

Round 2 – 35th Pick
Noah West, goaltender; Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 18U; Catches left; Born 11-25-2000. Hometown: Pittsboro, IN. Height: 6’0”; Weight: 190.

Season                 Team                                     GPI         Mins      GA          SO          W            L              T              SV%       AVG       OTL
’17-18 Season    Oakland Jr. Grizz. 18        11           457         19           2              6              4              0              0.884     2.12
’16-17 Season    Chi. Fury 18                         16           849         39           3              5              9                              0.913     2.48        1

Round 2 – 46th Pick
Joshua Tripp, forward; Swan Valley; Shoots left; Born 4-29-1998. Hometown: Swan River, MB. Height: 5’6”; Weight: 155.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Swan Valley        38           28           14           42           28           11           4
’17-18 Season    Corpus Christi    13           3              6              9              20           2              0

Round 3 – 54th Pick
Brayden Richards, defenseman; Whitecourt Wolverines; Shoots left; Born 8-12-1998. Hometown: Calgary, AB. Height: 6’0”; Weight: 180.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Drayton Valley  28           4              4              8              26           0              0
’17-18 Season    Whitecourt         27           1              5              6              2              1              0

Round 3 – 70th Pick
Antonio Venuto, forward; Detroit Compuware 18U; Shoots left; Born 2-26-2000; Hometown: Whitmore Lake, MI. Height: 6’1”. Weight: 195

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Det. Compuware 18        20           6              9              15           6              1              0
’17-18 Season    Minot                                    1              0              0              0              0              0              0

Round 5 – 118th Pick
Caleb Price, defenseman; Northern Cyclones; Shoots left; Born 4-4-2000. Hometown: Hooksett, NH. Height: 5’7”; Weight: 155.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    North. Cyclones                 50           6              12           18           27           1              0
18 Playoffs          North. Cyclones 3              0              0              0              0              0              0

Round 6 – 142nd Pick
Cannon Green, forward; Detroit Compuware 18U; Shoots left; Born 3-27-2000. Hometown: Birmingham, MI. Height: 5’11”; Weight: 184.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Det. Compuware 18        18           6              4              10           4              0              0
’16-17 Season    Oakland Jr. Grizz 18         45           17           30           47           2

Round 7 – 166th Pick
Campbell Balk, forward; Yarmouth Mariners; Shoots right; Born 4-5-1998. Hometown: West Olive, MI. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 176.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Yarmouth            43           2              18           20           48           0              0
18 Playoffs          Yarmouth            18           1              5              6              8              0              0

Round 8 – 190th Pick
Seth Benson, forward; Omaha AAA HC 18U; Shoots left; Born: 2-5-1999. Hometown: Moorhead, MN. Height: 6’3”. Weight: 170.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Portage                                 2              0              0              0              4              0              0
’17-18 Season    Omaha AAA 18                  9              3              4              7              14           0              0

Round 9 – 214th Pick
Max Johnson, forward; Hearst Lumberjacks; Shoots left; Born: 4-7-1999. Hometown: Maple Grove, MN. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 165.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Hearst                   46           20           30           50           76           3              1
18 Playoffs          Hearst                   3              2              1              3              0              1              0

The draft was available for any amateur player who will be less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2018 and was not listed on an NAHL team roster nor listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2017-18 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft were eligible for the draft.

Rebels tender defenseman John Serafin

The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that the team has tendered Kirkland Lake Goldminers defenseman John Serafin for the 2018-19 season.

Serafin,18, had 14 points (2 goals and 14 assists) in forty-eight games for the Goldminers who play in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). The 6’5”, 207 lb. native of St. Louis, MO is a right-handed shot.

“I’m excited to be tendered by a successful team such as the Rebels” stated Serafin. “They have an excellent record of moving players onto the next level. It’s what attracted me to them” concluded Serafin.

“John brings size to our defensive group” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese.  “I think he can develop into a very difficult player for opponents to play against” said Pugliese.

Rebels captain Ryan Patrick makes NCAA Commitment to Stevenson University

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that team captain Ryan Patrick has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Stevenson University Mustangs, who play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference – West (ECAC – West). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Patrick, 21, was second on the team during the regular season with forty-eight points (22 goals and 26 assists) in fifty-nine games played. The 5’8”, 178 lb. forward was voted the team’s 2017-18 Most Valuable Player. Patrick also was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament back in February in which he had one point (an assist) in two games.

The Morgantown, WV native Patrick is third on the Rebels all-time point list with eighty (32 goals and 48 assists). He is tied for second on all-time games played with the franchise with 118.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to play college hockey at Stevenson University for the next four years” stated Patrick. “It’s an exciting time for my family and me. I would like to thank my family, coaches and friends for supporting me in my hockey endeavors” concluded Patrick.

“I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach Rypat” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He was a great captain and teammate. He will be a success in life no matter what he chooses. Dawes is getting an outstanding hockey player and person” stated Coombs.

Coached by Dominick Dawes, Stevenson University is located in Owings Mills, MD (Baltimore suburb). During their second season of play, the Mustangs finished with an overall 11-8-7 record.

Billing makes NCAA commitment to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that goaltender Eli Billing has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Pointers who play in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Billing, 20, appeared in twenty-seven games for the Rebels this past season. He had a 15-8-0-1-1 record. The 5’10”, 180lb native of Tecumseh, ON had a 2.44 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with three shutouts.

I’m excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point” stated Billing. “I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way”” concluded Billing.

“I am happy for Billy” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “Billy is a great person and teammate. The Pointers are getting a quality goalie and even better person” concluded Coombs.

Located in Stevens-Point, WI, the Pointers finished the season with a 21-6-3 record, their fifth straight season with twenty or more wins. UWSP advanced to the NCAA D3 National semi-finals.

Stanley makes D1 NCAA commitment to Niagara University

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Brandon Stanley has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey for Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are members of Atlantic Hockey. His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.

Stanley, 20, was fifth on the team with thirty-two points (18 goals and 14 assists) during the regular season. He led the team with nine points (5 goals and 4 assists) in eight playoff games. He also led the team with five post-season goals.

The 6’1”, 200 lb. native of Sioux Lookout, ON also was a member of the NAHL’s Top Prospect Tournament this past February.

“I’m really excited to sign with Niagara University and move on to play hockey at the next level” stated Stanley. “I am extremely thankful to my parents and all of my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to where I am going” concluded Stanley.

“Brandon is a big, strong forward who can really skate” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “With more maturity and consistency, he should have the opportunity to play past college. Stan is a great teammate who is very fun to be around. We wish him nothing but the best in the future” concluded Coombs.

Niagara University is located in Niagara Falls, NY. The Purple Eagles are coached by Jason Lammers. They had an 11-22-3 record this past season.

Keane and Maguyon selected to NAHL’s All-East Division Team

The North American Hockey League today announced its All-Division teams and honors for the 2017-18 season.  The divisional teams and honors represent the four divisions in the NAHL as voted upon and selected by the league’s 23 head coaches.  The awards are based on performance during the 2017-18 regular season. Rebels goaltender Ryan Keane and forward Aaron Maguyon were named to the NAHL’s All-East Division team while Keane also was named the division’s goaltender of the year.

Keane, the 5’9”, 160lb native of Coppell, TX, played in thirty-three regular season games and had a 24-7-2 record posting a 1.90 goals against average and .924 save percentage with three shutouts. Keane had the second-best goals against average and save percentage in team history.

Keane posted a 2.09 goals against average and .922 save percentage in the playoffs.

This is the eighth time Keane received league honors during the season. He was goalie of the month for October; honorable mention for goalie of the month for the months of November, December and January. He was the East Division’s Star of the Week for weeks ending December 17 and March 11. He was honorable mention for Star of the week for week ending October 15.

Keane is the third straight Rebels goaltender to be selected as the East Division’s goaltender of the year following Darion Hanson (2016) and Mareks Mitens (2017).

Maguyon, the Rebels 2017-18 Best Offensive Player, lead the team with fifty points (24 goals and 26 assists). He also led the team with 24 goals. He had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in the playoffs.

Maguyon also was a participant in the NAHL’s 2018 Top Prospects Tournament back in February. He had two points (1 goal and 1 assist) in two games.

This is the ninth time the Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native received league honors during the season. He was named honorable mention for forward of the month for the months of November, December, February and March. He was selected second star of the week for week ending November 5, and he was honorable mention for weeks ending November 19, February 4 and 11.

Maguyon has the second most points in team history with 88 (36 goals and 52 assists). He is the fifth Rebel to record 50 points in one season.

Rebels defenseman DiMurro named to NAHL’s East Division’s All-Rookie Team

The North American Hockey League announced its All-Rookie Teams for the 2017-18 season, as voted upon and selected by the league’s 23 head coaches. The NAHL has also named All-Rookie Teams in each of the four divisions, and Rebels defenseman Diarmad DiMurro was named one of two defensemen for the East Division’s all-rookie team.

The 5’9”, 167 lb. defenseman from Highland Mills, NY had twenty-eight points (4 goals and 24 assists) in forty-nine regular season games. He had a +/- ratio of +13. He was second among the team’s defensemen in total points and +/-.

The Dartmouth commit was recognized four times throughout the regular season: honorable mention for defenseman of the month for September and October and honorable mention for weeks ending October 8 and November 5.

Weekend preview: 4/26 – 4/28; Divisional finals begin at home against Knights

The North American Hockey League’s Divisional Final series begins this weekend pitting the East Division’s number one seed Philadelphia Rebels against the number three seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The winner of this best-of-five series will advance to the League’s Robertson Cup tournament which will be held at the Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minnesota from May 11-14, 2018.

Game one will be played tonight and game two will be played on Saturday, April 28. Both have a start time of 7:05pm and will be played at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. Game three will be played on Monday, April 30 at 5:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game four, if necessary, will be played on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game five, if necessary, will be play at IceWorks on Friday, May 4 at 7:05pm.

Both teams won their respective divisional semi-final series three games to two. The Rebels beat the Northeast Generals while the Knights defeated the New Jersey Titans.

While this will be the third straight year that the Rebels have advanced to the divisional finals, this will be the first time for the Knights. The teams have faced each other in the divisional semi-finals the past two years with the Rebels sweeping the Knights both series.

Rebels vs. Knights regular season overview
The two teams played each other twelve times during the regular season with the Rebels winning eight of them, and they outscored the Knights by a combined score of 46 to 27. All four of the Rebels losses were away games. The last time these two teams met was back on Wednesday, April 4 at the Class of 1923 Arena with the Rebels winning 7 – 1.

Tyrone Bronte (5 goals and 4 assists) and Matt Kidney (2 goals and 7 assists) each had nine points against the Rebels during the regular season. Bronte and Mike Gelatt scored five goals respectively against Philadelphia. The Knights were 5 for 39 (13%) on the powerplay. WBS netminders Christian Stoever and David Tomeo had a combined 3.83 goals against average and .894 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Jensen Zerban led all Rebels with fifteen points (6 goals and 9 assists) against the Knights. He was followed by Ryan Patricks’ thirteen points (5 goals and 8 assists) and Alex Frye’s ten points (3 goals and 7 assists). Zerban scored the most goals against the Knights with six. The Rebels went 15 for 43 (35%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane had a combined 2.08 goals against average and .923 save percentage with two shutouts (both Keane). The two shutouts took place consecutively on March 9 and 10. Keane played in nine of the twelve games and possessed a 1.55 goals against average and .941 save percentage against the Knights.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
Down 2 – 1 in the series against the Titans, the Knights rallied to win game four 1 – 0 on home ice and then game five 5 – 2 at Middletown’s Ice World to oust New Jersey. During the series WBS was led by Jack Olmstead’s five points (all assists). Gabe Temple had four points (3 goals and one assist). Temple led all Knights’ goal scorers with three. WBS had six players with three points respectively. Forward Adrian Danchenko has the most penalty minutes on the team in five playoff games with twelve.  Tomas Koblizek has the best +/- on the team with a +5.

The Knights have scored the most goals among all NAHL playoff teams with sixteen. They also have allowed twelve goals. The Knights are ranked eleventh in the league during the playoffs on the powerplay having converted on 11.1% of their chances while they are ranked twelfth among playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 81.8% of the time.

Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 2.41 goals against average and .943 save percentage with one shutout (Stoever). Stoever has a 3 – 1 record with a 1.76 goals against average and .958 save percentage.

Rebels Overview
Similar to the Knights, the Rebels rallied from a two game to one deficit to win game four on Zerban’s goal in triple overtime in Attleboro and then won game five 5 – 0 at IceWorks to advance to the divisional finals.

Brandon Stanley leads the Rebels with six points (3 goals and 3 assists) in five playoff games. He is followed by Zerban’s five points (3 goals and 2 assists). Carson Moniz (1 goal and 3 assists) and Adam Peck (all assists) each have four points. Stanley and Zerban lead the Rebels with three goals apiece. Two of Zerban’s tallies were game winning goals. Stanley also leads the team with ten penalty minutes. Peck has the best +/- with a +5.

The Rebels scored fifteen goals in five games during the first round of the playoffs (only one behind the Knights), and they allowed ten (eight of sixteen teams). Like they did during the regular season, the Rebels lead all playoff teams on the powerplay having converted on 27.3% of their chances. They are seventh among all playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.2% of the time.

Keane has played in every minute of the playoffs. He has a 1.74 goals against average and .932 save percentage with one shutout.

Rebels announce round two playoff schedule against WBS Knights

The Rebels have announced today the dates and times of Round 2 of the Robertson Cup’s divisional final playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels advanced by defeating the Northeast Generals three games to two while the Knights beat the New Jersey Titans three games to two as well.

Since the Rebels were the number one seed in the division, they will have home ice advantage.

The Rebels and Knights will play a best of five game series beginning on Thursday, April 26th at 7pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. The winner of this series will immediately fly out to Blaine, MN to play in the NAHL’s semi-final series.

The following is the divisional final series schedule:

Game 1 – Thursday, April 26th at 7:05pm at IceWorks
Game 2 – Saturday, April 28th at 7:05pm at IceWorks
Game 3 – Monday, April 30th at 5:00pm at Revolution Ice Centre
Game 4 – Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00pm at Revolution Ice Centre (if necessary)
Game 5 – Friday, May 4th at 7:05pm at IceWorks (if necessary)

Tickets are on sale now. All tickets are $10and general admission. Children four and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door on game day, by calling the box office at (888) 637-6523 or ordering them online by clicking here.