Jamestown, New York – We are pleased to announce that we have used our fifth Tender of the season on Forward Kyle Smolen, effective 2019-2020. Smolen is 16-years-old and is committed to Arizona State University.
Last season Kyle played in nine games for the Chicago Young Americans U16 (HPHL) picking up seven assists. Over the past two seasons Kyle has played for his local high school hockey team, District 155 (USHL-IL), combining for 24 games played (11g-9a). He is currently playing for the Chicago Mission U16 (HPHL). Already this season Kyle has played 20 games for them recording ten assists and totaling 15 points.
The 5’11”, 165lb right-handed shooter had this to say about his tender signing with the Rebels, “I am really excited to have the opportunity to partake in such an elite program that truly will develop me into an elite player.” Smolen went on to add, “I’m excited to start a new chapter with a new and great group of guys.”
Billy Pugliese, the Director of Scouting for the Rebels had this to say about the future Rebel player, “Kyle is a young player with good hockey IQ. He goes to high traffic areas and does many of the little things we expect from our players.” Billy also stated, “I’m looking forward to seeing his development.” We look forward to seeing Kyle dawn the red, white, and blue next season!
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Jamestown, New York – Jamestown Rebels are pleased to announce that Caleb Price has committed to Arizona State University (ASU), effective 2020-2021.
Caleb becomes the third player to commit to play at the collegiate level this season for the Rebels. The 18-year-old New Hampshire native will be traveling to the west coast in two years to become a Sun Devil. The 5’10” 165lb left-handed defenseman has played 19 games for the Rebels this season, recording one goal and nine assists. Price has played 152 games in his career, tallying 17 goals and 49 assists.
Just two years ago Price won the EJEPL 16U (Platinum) Championship while with the Northern Cyclones. Caleb was drafted #118 overall by the Rebels in the 2018 draft. This is his first season in the NAHL and is already proving himself in “the league of opportunity”. ASU has a long history of having Rebels players come through their program. They currently have three former Aston Rebels on their roster, along with one player from when the team was in Rio Grande Valley. In 2014 the Sun Devils won the National Championship for the ACHA Tournament. They are currently ranked 15th in the country with a 12-6 record.
Caleb had this to say about committing to ASU, “I am very excited to be committed to Arizona State. After my visit I knew it was the school I wanted to go to”. Price also added this, “I cannot thank the Rebels enough for everything they have done for me so far. I know they will help me improve my game to be ready for the D1 level”.
Head Coach Joe Coombs spoke very highly of the young defenseman by stating, “Caleb is an amazing young man with a very bright future. An elite skater with the ability to defend and break pucks out with the best recruitable players in the country”. Coombs also stated that “It has been a privilege to coach such an eager young man that’s passion for the game and life is second to none. ASU has gotten a good one”.
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.