The Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that team captain Dom Garcia has committed to play NCAA Division I Ice Hockey for the Arizona State University Sun Devils, who are currently an independent team but will be part of conference in the next two years. His commitment begins in the fall of 2017.
Garcia, 20, is fourth on the team in total points with thirty nine (11 goals and 28 assists). However, he leads the team with the most assists, and he has a + 25 +/- ratio. The 5’11”, 193 lb Las Vegas, NV recently played in the league’s Top Prospects Tournament where he had four points (all assists) in two games. Last year, Garcia was the Rebels inaugural recipient of the team’s Most Improved Player and Hardest Working Player awards.
“These past couple of months have been quite a journey” stated Garcia. “I can’t thank my family, teammates, coaches and everyone who has supported me in deciding. Arizona State had what I was looking for and has big plans for the future just as I do. I cannot wait to become a part of that tradition” concluded Garcia.
“I am extremely happy for Dom” stated Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He is a good, quality, creditable person who has an incredible work ethic. He is a natural leader! I know he will do well in life no matter what he does. I am very glad that I have had the opportunity to coach him” stated Coombs.
Arizona State University is located in Tempe, AZ. The Sun Devils are one of only two, NCAA Division I ice hockey programs that are located in the southern part of the United States. ASU has had a very successful ACHA program.