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Rebels Alumni Update – December 2017

When Andrew Bellant committed to Michigan Tech back on November 30, he became the twenty third member in Rebels history to announce his NCAA commitment while actively playing for the team. With college hockey in full swing we wanted to provide a brief “where are they now” alumni update.

Dean Balsamo
After committing to Bentley University and beginning last season there, “Dino” transferred to Adrian College where he finished out the season having scored eleven points (6 goals and 5 assists) in sixteen games. This season he currently has six points (2 goals and 4 assists) in nine games.

Victor Bergstrom
“Vic” is currently attending Plymouth State University. Last season the defenseman had eight points (2 goals and 6 assists) in seventeen games. This season he currently has thirteen points (5 goals and 8 assists) in twelve games.

Kristofers Bindulis
After playing last season at Lake Superior State University where he had twelve points (1 goal and 11 assists) in twenty-eight games, “Bindy” signed a two-way contract with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League back in March. This season he has played in six games for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and he has eight points (2 goals and 6 assists) in thirteen games for the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League.

Drew Blackmun
“Blacky” is second in all-time games played for the Rebels with 116. He committed to Northeastern University where he currently has played in two games for the Huskies with no points.

Ryan Cusin
After playing at the University of Massachusetts Boston last season where he 40 points (16 goals and 24 assists) in 25 games, “Cuso” transferred to Adrian College this season where he currently has five points (2 goals and 3 assists) in nine games.

Chris DePrez
“Daddy” committed to Marian University where he had one point in four games last year. This season he has two points (1 goal and 1 assist) in ten games.

Gianluca Esteves
After finishing he junior career with the Rebels last year, “Esty” or “Gino” committed to Michigan State where he has a point (assist) in seventeen games this year for the Spartans.

Dom Garcia
Dom is second in three all-time franchise categories: Points (74), Goals (28) and Assists (46). He committed to Arizona State where he currently has one point (assist) in seventeen games for the Sun Devils.

Andrew Hart
After joining the team back in February from a trade with Topeka, the forward finished his Rebels career with ten points (6 goals and 4 assists) in fourteen games. He committed to SUNY Geneseo where he has played in one game.

Darion Hanson
After backstopping the Rebels to their first East Division championship, “Hanny” committed to Union College. During this past summer he was invited to participate in the Philadelphia Flyers prospect camp where he was the winning goalie in the 3 on 3 tournament. In eight games so far for Union this season, he has an impressive 1.76 goals against average and .926 save percentage.

Gvido Jansons
The highly skilled defenseman with a bomb of shot committed to Arizona State where he has two points (both goals) in eighteen games for the Sun Devils.

Brennan Kapcheck
The Rebels’ 2016-17 Defenseman of the Year committed to American International College where he has had an impressive freshman season. “Kappy” has fifteen points (4 goals and 11 assists) in nineteen games. He was named Atlantic Hockey’s Rookie of the Month for October, and he has helped AIC have its winningest first half since the 1998-99 season.

Colton McMenamin
“Mac” had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in 23 games for Stevenson University last season. This year he has four points (all goals) in twelve games for the Mustangs.

Michael Merulla
The franchise’s all-time point leader per game (1.146) committed to Boston College where he appeared in three games last season with no points and has yet to play in a game so far this season for the Eagles.

Jerry Miettunen
The Finish defenseman committed to the University of Wisconsin Superior where last season he eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) in twenty-eight games. This season he has played in six games with no points.

Mareks Mittens
The North American Hockey League’s 2016-17 Most Valuable Player and Best Goaltender committed to Lake State where “Mits” has appeared in eleven games and has posted a 3.67 goals against average and a .892 save percentage.

Ryan Solomon
Posting the NAHL’s best +/- for the 2016-17 season with a +39, “Solly” committed to Northeastern but has yet to play in a game.

Frank Spellman
“Frankie” committed to Endicott College where he had eight points (1 goal and 7 assists) in twenty-two games last season. This year he transferred to the University of St. Thomas where he has four points (all assists) in seven games.

Austin Swingle
“Swings” had eleven points (4 goals and 7 assists) in twenty-two games last season for Stevenson University. This year he three points (2 goals and 1 assist) in eleven games for the Mustangs.

Mason Van Tuyl
“Mas” had one point (assist) in twenty-two games for the University of Wisconsin River Falls last season.

Evgeny Yakovlev
“Gino” or “Yak” scored the winning goal in game three of last season’s semi-finals to send the Rebels to the Robertson Cup finals committed to the University of Wisconsin Superior has four points (1 goal and 3 assists) in thirteen games this season.

Alumni Update – January 2017. Cusin second in points for Beacons

Rebels’ fans we wanted to give a quick up on our alumni now playing collegiate hockey. The stats below are through January 31, 2017.

Dean Balsamo
Dino transferred to Division III Adrian College. He has seven points (4 goals and 3 assists) in seven games.

Victor Bergstrom
Vic has three points (3 assists) in eleven games with Plymouth State.

Kristofers Bindulis
Bindy has eight points (1 goal and 7 assists) in 20 games for Lake Superior State.

Ryan Cusin
Cuso has thirty four points (14 goals and 20 assists) in 21 games for UMass-Boston. He is second on the team with 34 points.

Chris DePrez
Daddy has one point (an assist) in four games with Marian.

Colton McMenamin
Mac has two points (both assists) in 17 games with Stevenson.

Michael Merulla
Mike has played in three games for Boston College.

Jerry Miettuten
Jerry has eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) for University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Frank Spellman
Frankie has three points (all assists) in 15 games for Endicott.

Austin Swingle
Swings has eleven points (4 goals and 7 assists) in 19 games for Stevenson.

Mason Van Tuyl
Mase has one point (an assist) in 17 games for University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Alumni Update – The Inaugural Edition, December 2016

The Aston Rebels are proud of the winning tradition that has been established in such a short time since the team’s relocation from Rio Grande Valley, TX. In a year and a half the Rebels won the North American Hockey League’s East Division during its inaugural season and the team currently owns the best record in the League.

The goal of the team, and the league itself, is to assist 17 – 20 year olds in their quest to achieve their goal of a better education through college hockey. Last year the team had twelve NCAA commitments (commitments made by players while they were with the team). This year there already are four Rebels who have made NCAA commitments – all with Division 1 teams.

The Rebels organization is very proud of its players who have moved on to play collegiate hockey. To that end, this is the first of, hopefully, many monthly articles that will highlight each player who has moved onto to play college hockey – with or without a commitment. Our goal is to publish a brief recap at the conclusion of every month during the season and a wrap up at the end of it.

The players learned early in youth hockey that their career towards junior and collegiate hockey is a marathon, not a sprint. The same is applicable in college hockey. Some have started out of the gate well while others haven’t (for whatever the reason). However, be rest assured, all of the players – regardless of how their college career turns out – are grade A people, and we know they will be a success on and off the ice and in whatever they do in life.

Dean Balsamo
“Dino” was third on last year’s team in points (56) but led it in goals (25). He earned a commitment to Division I Bentley University. He has played in nine games for the Falcons this season and has three points (2 goals and 1 assist).

Victor Bergstrom
“Vic” had nine points (2 goals and 7 assists) in twenty one games last season in which was mostly spent off the ice due to numerous concussions. Despite health issues, he handled the situation with class and dignity. Because of the concussions he wasn’t able to procure a commitment. However, we are pleased to write that he is attending Division III Plymouth State University and has two points (both assists) in six games with the Panthers.

Kristofers Bindulis
“Bindy” had forty six points during last year’s inaugural season (10 goals and 36 assists). He was the team’s best defenseman as well as its Most Valuable Player. He also was voted the league’s top defenseman. He earned a commitment to Division I Lake Superior State. After participating in the Washington Capitals prospects camp in July, Bindy has played in fourteen games and has eight points (1 goal and 7 assists) so far for the Lake State Lakers.

Ryan Cusin
“Cuso” was second in total points last year with 50 (14 goals and 36 assists). He was named co-winner of the team’s best offensive player. He earned a Division III commitment to the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists) in eleven games for the Beacons. He is tied for first with most points on the team.

Chris Deprez
“Daddy” had twelve points (3 goals and 9 assists) in 57 games last year. He was a huge, positive influence on and off the ice and a key member of the Rebels penalty kill unit.  He made a Division III commit to Marian University. He has played in two games with the Sabres.

Colton McMenamin
“Mac” had eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) in forty games last season. He was a key member of the Rebels penalty kill unit and possessed an incredible work ethic. He earned a Division III commitment to Stevenson University. He has played in ten games for the Mustangs and has one point (assist).

Michael Merulla
Michael led the team in points last year with 55 (24 goals and 31 assists). He was a co-winner of the team’s best offensive player. He earned a Division I commitment to Boston College. He has played in one game so far with the Eagles.

Jerry Miettuten
Jerry had twenty one points (6 goals and 15 assists) in 48 games last year. He obtained a Division III commitment to the University of Wisconsin Superior. He has eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) in 14 games for the Yellowjackets.

Frank Spellman
“Frankie” quietly had 35 points last year (16 goals and 19 assists) in 54 games. He was third on the team with goals. He was a calming influence on and off the ice and a relentless worker. He earned a Division III commitment to Endicott College. He has two points (both assists) in six games for the Gulls.

Austin Swingle
“Swings” was the team’s co-captain and one terrific leader. He had 14 points (4 goals and 10 assists) in 48 games. He earned a Division III commitment to Stevenson University and has five points (3 goals and 2 assists) in 10 games for the Mustangs.

Mason Van Tuyl
“Mas” had eight points (1 goal and 7 assists) in 47 games last year. He was a hard worker and your prototypical “stay at home” defenseman. He earned a Division III commitment to the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He has played in twelve games for the Falcons.