Jamestown, NY – The Jamestown Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League, are thrilled to announce that forward Sam Anzai has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons.
Anzai, a 20 year old native of Los Angeles, CA, is coming off his rookie season in the NAHL, where he strung together 29 points (8 G, 21 A) and was a +13 in 57 games for the Rebels. He followed those regular season stats with a goal in five Robertson Cup playoff games. Anzai was also named to and played in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the East Division team, where he recorded one point in two games.
The 5’11, 183Ibs forward’s game extended past the offensive side of the puck, becoming one of Jamestown’s most reliable and effective 2-way forwards come season’s end. He was also named an Alternate Captain of the team, proving his leadership qualities as well as his strong play.
“I’m really excited to start my college career at Wisconsin- River Falls”, said Anzai. “I went to visit and it felt like a great spot for me. The facilities for both education and hockey were great and the staff’s desires to helping players improve and produce a winning team were evident and exciting to see”.
Previously in his career, Anzai suited up for the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), for the better part of two seasons between 2016-2018. While there, he recorded 23 points (10 G, 13 A) in 76 regular season games. He also donned the “C” as Captain during his 22 games of the 2017-18 campaign.
Anzai then jumped the the British Columbia Hockey League, the CJHL’s top league, where he spent the remainder of his 2017-18 season splitting time between the Vernon Vipers and the Prince George Spruce Kings, respectively, totaling 7 points in 31 combined games between the two teams.
Anzai marks the 9th player from the 2018-19 Rebels roster to make an NCAA commitment. He continued to say, “I’m looking forward to the next four years and can’t thank the people in the Rebels organization and at home enough for their support”.