Jamestown, New York – We are pleased to announce that we have used our sixth and final tender of the season on defenseman Tristan Culleton, effective 2019-2020. Culleton is 19-years-old and is a native of St. Louis, MO.
Over the past two seasons, Tristan has played for the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL), totaling 95 games played and 23 points. Prior to that he spent two seasons playing for the Iowa Wild AAA 16U team and one season with their 18U team. In 2017-18 Tristan won the MJHL Championship while with the Pitons, scoring a goal and helping on another during his 12 games in the post-season. In 2017 he was drafted #132 overall by the Southern Tier Express of the NA3HL and then in 2018 he was picked #169 overall by the Maryland Black Bears. While he did not play a game for either team, Culleton will be playing at the arena that the Southern Tier Express used to call home.
The 6’1”, 185lb left-handed shooter had this to say about his tender signing with the Rebels, “I’m super excited to join the Rebels. I can’t wait to meet all of the guys and coaches and to learn from all of them.” Culleton went on to add, “I’m excited to see what I can bring to the team and hopefully make a long run next season.”
Billy Pugliese, the Director of Scouting for the Rebels had this to say about the future Rebel player, “Tristan brings leadership and experience to our blue line. He will be counted on to play big minutes.” We all look forward to seeing Tristan dawn the red, white, and blue next season!
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.
The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that the team has tendered Compuware 18U defenseman Jack Dawson for the 2018-19 season.
Dawson, 17, has 26 points (7 goals and 19 assists) in 55 games with a +44 for Compuware who play in the High-Performance Hockey League. The 5’10”, 185 lb. native of Bloomfield Hills, MI is a left-handed shot.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to begin my junior hockey career with the Rebels” stated Dawson. “I’m excited to play for Coach Coombs and can’t wait to help the Rebels towards another winning season” concluded Dawson.
“Jack is a solid, puck moving defenseman with good instincts” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. “He is a versatile player that can help our team in many different situations” said Pugliese.
The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that Benilde-St. Margarets’ defenseman Nathan Clark was tendered for the 2018-19 season.
Clark, 17, had five points (all assists) in 26 high school games last year. Benilde-St. Margarets is located in St. Louis Park, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis. He also plays for the Minnesota Blades. He currently has 14 points (6 goals and 8 assists) in 25 games this season with them. The 5’11”, 170 lb. native of Plymouth, MN is a right-handed shot.
“I’m excited to join the Rebels next year after leading my high school team to a successful season” stated Clark. “I look forward to working with the Rebel coaching staff to develop my game and contribute to a winning team” concluded Clark
“Nate is a good skating, skilled puck moving d-man” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. “He defends very, very well” added Pugliese.
The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that the team has signed Edina Hornets’ forward Lewis Crosby to a tender for the 2018-19 season.
Lewis, 18, had 44 points (19 goals and 25 assists) in 29 games for the Hornets last season, who play in the Minnesota High School Hockey League. The 5’10”, 180 lb. native of Edina, Minnesota is a left-handed shot.
“I am very excited to join the great organization of the Philadelphia Rebels” stated Crosby. “I also can’t wait to come down after the high school season in March” said Crosby.
“Lewis is a hard-working two-way forward” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. “Cros will contribute both the offensive and defensive sides of the ice” concluded Pugliese.
The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that Billy Pugliese will serve as the team’s Director of Scouting while Oktay Armagan will be the Director of Player Development. Both will report to General Manager and Head Coach Joe Coombs.
“I’m thrilled to have Billy and Oktay on our scouting staff” stated Coombs. “We have been very successful these past two years and we don’t want to stop. In order to win the Robertson Cup we need to constantly evaluate the talent in North American and overseas. These two gentlemen have been very successful in the past, and I know they will help us in the future” concluded Coombs.
Pugliese played two years in the United States Hockey League with the Green Bay Gamblers where he captured two national championships, two Anderson Cups and one Clark Cup. During his tenure with the Gamblers he amassed 116 points.
Pugliese then played four years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He led the team in scoring his freshman year. After finishing his college career, Pugliese played three years professionally, one year with the San Diego Gulls of the WCHL and two years with the Muskegon Fury of the United Hockey League. He was a member of the league’s Colonial Cup champions during the 2003-04 season.
After his playing career was cut short due to injuries, Pugliese began his coaching career in 2004 with the Omaha Hockey Club. He currently serves as the coach for Omaha’s U10 girls team and mites. From 2007 through 2009, Pugliese was a volunteer assistant coach with is alma mater working with the forwards, power play and video analysis. He owns and operates MavXHockey, a series of development camps that help players improve their skating and puck skills.
Armagan played ACHA hockey for Towson University and then Rider University where he captained the team to three ACHA Division II final appearances.
He began his career with the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues as the Video Editor of Amateur Scouting for four years. Armagan then became an assistant coach for the 2005 ECHL’s Trenton Titans who won the Kelly Cup Championship. He also was a member of the 2014 ECHL’s Reading Royals Eastern Conference Champions coaching staff. Armagan served as an assistant coach for the NAHL’s New Jersey Titans during their inaugural season.
Armagan has over 22 years as a youth hockey coach and skills instructor. He currently is on the staff of the NAHL Central Scouting and USA Hockey Atlantic District Program. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the New Jersey Raiders company which trains players. He has successfully trained and developed over 35 NCAA/ACHA players in the last three years.