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Rebels forward Hamstad makes NCAA D1 commitment to Minnesota State University

The Jamestown Rebels (formerly the Philadelphia Rebels), proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Chase Hamstad has committed to play NCAA Division I Ice Hockey for the Minnesota State University Mavericks, who play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). His commitment begins in September, 2020.

Hamstad, 18, was tendered by the Rebels back in November. He joined the team in March after finishing his high school career at White Bear Lake in White Bear Lake, MN. The Hugo, MN native had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in ten regular season games and one point (assist) in four post-season games with the Rebels.

Hamstad was selected in the ninth round (137 overall) by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in Phase II of the United States Hockey League draft back in May. He is currently on the Roughriders 30-man roster.

“I am honored to announce my commitment to play college hockey for Minnesota State University” stated Hamstad. “I would like to thank my coaches and family for their support along the way” concluded Hamstad.

“I’m happy for Chase” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He worked very hard for us when he was here. He has the tools, work ethic and drive to be a dominating player” stated Coombs.

The Mavericks, who represent Minnesota State University-Mankato, is located in Mankato, MN. The Mavericks had an overall record of 29-10-1 last season which included a regular season WCHA conference championship.

Maguyon makes NCAA Commitment to Hobart College

The Jamestown Rebels (formerly the Philadelphia Rebels), proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Aaron Maguyon has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Hobart College Statemen, who play in the Liberty Conference – a member of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC). His commitment begins in September, 2018.

Maguyon, 20, led the team with fifty points (24 goals and 26 assists) in fifty-eight games this past season. He also led the team in goals with twenty-four. The Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament back in February where he had two points (1 goal and 1 assist) in two games.

During his two-year career with the Rebels, he amassed a total of eighty-eight points (36 goals and 52 assists) in 117 regular season games. He is ranked second in franchise history in points (88), goals (36) and assists (52). He was named the team’s Rookie of the Year for the 2016-17 season and was named the team’s Best Offensive Player this past year.

“I am excited to announce that I will be attending Hobart College this upcoming fall to play hockey and to further my education” stated Maguyon. “I would like to thank to everyone for their support along the way” concluded Maguyon.

“I’m very happy for Mags” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He was a diligent worker. We watched him blossom into one of the top twenty scorers in the NAHL.  Hobart is getting a great hockey player and even better person” stated Coombs.

Hobart College is located in Geneva, NY. The Statesmen had an overall record of 18-6-5 last season which included a 12-3-3 conference record. Hobart has appeared in three straight NCAA tournaments and eight in total.

Brown returns for second stint as Rebels assistant coach

The Jamestown Rebels are pleased to announce that former assistant coach Josh Brown is returning to the team in the same capacity.

Brown originally started with the organization as an assistant coach during the Killer Bees last season (2014-15) in Rio Grande Valley, TX and its first year (2015-16) in Aston. He oversaw the defense and power play. He helped guide the Bees to a playoff berth as well as the Rebels to their first East Division championship.

The Dexter, MI native spent the past two seasons as the head coach for Arizona State University’s Division I ACHA team.

“I’m so excited to return to the organization” stated Brown. “I’m thrilled to be working with Coombsy (Joe Coombs) again. Hopefully our first year in Jamestown we’ll replicate the success we had in Aston but with a different ending by winning the Robertson Cup” concluded Brown.

“I’m ecstatic to have Brownie back on staff” said Rebels general manager and head coach Joe Coombs. “I’m looking forward to working with him again. I couldn’t be happier” stated Coombs.

Rebels main camp set to begin tomorrow as schedule is announced

The North American Hockey League’s three-time defending regular season East Division Champion Rebels begin their main camp tomorrow with check-in beginning at 1:00pm at the Northwest Arena. Camp will run through Monday, July 9 with the highlight being the Blue vs. Red All-Star game at 10:00am.

The Blue vs. Red game is where the top performing players throughout the camp will be selected to play and possibly receive an invite to the team’s training camp which begins at the end of August. Admission to the game is free.

“We’re looking for the best players” stated head coach Joe Coombs. We have a good blend of young and older players seeking to make our team. It will be a very competitive camp, and I’m looking forward to it” concluded Coombs.

Over 140 players have registered for the camp residing from all over the globe. Below is the camp’s schedule:

Rebels 2018 Main Camp Schedule

Radetic makes NCAA Commitment to University of St. Thomas

The Jamestown Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Luke Radetic has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the University of St. Thomas Tommies, who play in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.

Radetic, 20, came to the Philadelphia Rebels at the trade deadline in February. The Chesterfield, MO native had a total of 44 points (23 goals and 21 assists) in 56 games this past season. He also was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament in February where he played in two games.

“I am excited to announce that I will be attending the University of St. Thomas to play hockey in the fall” stated Radetic. I would like to thank everyone for their support along the way” concluded Radetic.

“We were fortunate to acquire Luke for the playoff run” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He was a hard worker and he gave us everything he had. I’m very happy for Luke” stated Coombs.

The University of St. Thomas is located in St. Paul, MN. The Tommies won the 2017-18 MIAC regular season championship and had an overall record of 16-9-1.

Rebels announce relocation to Jamestown, New York

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that the Philadelphia Rebels have relocated their membership to Jamestown, New York, where they will continue to play in the NAHL’s East Division during the 2018-19 season.

“With now having a nice balance of six teams in our East Division this was an important evolution and step for the Rebels organization to continue their tradition of providing an elite level junior hockey opportunity for players and exposure to NCAA and NHL scouts based in the Eastern part of the United States,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.

The team will play out of the Northwest Arena as city and rink officials announced a new eight-year deal to bring the Rebels membership to Jamestown in a press conference on June 12th. The Rebels have spent the past three seasons playing in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

“Jamestown has all the necessities to operate a successful NAHL team, including a great arena, board, staff, fan base, and community support,” said Rebels owner Ken Dennis. “We are in this for the players. We need people to come out and help and who want to be part of the community.”

“What a great day, what an awesome time to be in Jamestown,” said Jamestown Center City Development Corporation co-president David Leathers. “For the arena, we’re extremely excited to announce the return of top-tier junior hockey to the Jamestown area and to the Northwest Arena.”

The Rebels will be playing in the same league that was once occupied by the Jamestown Ironmen from 2011-13, and Rebels head coach Joe Coombs knows that the talent will be fun to watch from the first puck drop.

“For the casual fan it will be better, it will be quicker that’s for sure. It will be a quicker game,” said Coombs, who has spent the past five seasons coaching for the organization. “The true hockey fan will know the difference very quickly. We are excited about our new home and I think fans will really enjoy the product on the ice.”

When looking back at some of the players that he has been fortunate to coach, Coombs mentioned Kristofers Binduls, who spent the 2015-16 season in the NAHL with Aston before heading to Lake Superior State University and then inking a deal with the Washington Capitals.

“We’ve been lucky the last few years to have some world-class players,” Coombs said. “I don’t know if it is every year that we get those type of players. I’d love to, that would be great.”

Dennis said that the Rebels main camp will be held at the arena July 6, 7 and 8. He also said they are looking for local people to volunteer to be billet families to house players during the season.

Rebels captain Ryan Patrick makes NCAA Commitment to Stevenson University

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that team captain Ryan Patrick has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Stevenson University Mustangs, who play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference – West (ECAC – West). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Patrick, 21, was second on the team during the regular season with forty-eight points (22 goals and 26 assists) in fifty-nine games played. The 5’8”, 178 lb. forward was voted the team’s 2017-18 Most Valuable Player. Patrick also was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament back in February in which he had one point (an assist) in two games.

The Morgantown, WV native Patrick is third on the Rebels all-time point list with eighty (32 goals and 48 assists). He is tied for second on all-time games played with the franchise with 118.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to play college hockey at Stevenson University for the next four years” stated Patrick. “It’s an exciting time for my family and me. I would like to thank my family, coaches and friends for supporting me in my hockey endeavors” concluded Patrick.

“I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach Rypat” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He was a great captain and teammate. He will be a success in life no matter what he chooses. Dawes is getting an outstanding hockey player and person” stated Coombs.

Coached by Dominick Dawes, Stevenson University is located in Owings Mills, MD (Baltimore suburb). During their second season of play, the Mustangs finished with an overall 11-8-7 record.

Stanley makes D1 NCAA commitment to Niagara University

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Brandon Stanley has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey for Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are members of Atlantic Hockey. His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.

Stanley, 20, was fifth on the team with thirty-two points (18 goals and 14 assists) during the regular season. He led the team with nine points (5 goals and 4 assists) in eight playoff games. He also led the team with five post-season goals.

The 6’1”, 200 lb. native of Sioux Lookout, ON also was a member of the NAHL’s Top Prospect Tournament this past February.

“I’m really excited to sign with Niagara University and move on to play hockey at the next level” stated Stanley. “I am extremely thankful to my parents and all of my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to where I am going” concluded Stanley.

“Brandon is a big, strong forward who can really skate” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “With more maturity and consistency, he should have the opportunity to play past college. Stan is a great teammate who is very fun to be around. We wish him nothing but the best in the future” concluded Coombs.

Niagara University is located in Niagara Falls, NY. The Purple Eagles are coached by Jason Lammers. They had an 11-22-3 record this past season.

Keane named East Division Star of the Week; Zerban is honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending March 11 and Rebels goaltender Ryan Keane was named the East Division’s star of the week while forward Jensen Zerban was named honorable mention.

Keane had a 2 – 0 record with both wins as a 3 – 0 shutout over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. He faced a total of 38 shots. They were Keane’s second and third shutouts on the season. “Ryan had not played in the last six games and for him to play the way he did was fantastic” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He made some big stops against Grade A opportunities early in the game on Friday night when we really needed it,” conclude Coombs.

It was the second time in team history that a Rebels goaltender recorded consecutive shutouts in the same weekend.

Keane is second in the league in goals against average with 1.74% and fourth in the league in save percentage with .930. This is the second time Keane was named East Division player of week. He earned the same award back on December 17. He also was the NAHL’s goalie of the month for October and was named honorable mention for November, December and January.

Zerban had three points (all assists) this past weekend. He had a point in Friday night’s game in two in Saturday night’s contest. The Air Force Academy commit is fourth on the team in total points with 35 (16 goals and 19 assists). This is the first time this season Zerban has received league recognition for a weekly award. He was honorable mention for his position for September and October.

Rebels’ Defenseman Bryant Gunn Makes NCAA Commitment to Amherst College

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that defenseman Bryant Gunn has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Amherst College Mammoths, who play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Gunn, 19, has six points (1 goal and 5 assists) in thirty-four games this season. The Carmel, IN native a +4 plus/minus ratio. He is a graduate of independent AAA hockey powerhouse Culver Military Academy.

“I’m very honored and excited to announce that I’ll be attending Amherst College next fall for hockey” stated Gunn. “I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches and everyone else who has helped me along this journey” concluded Gunn.

“I am glad for Gunner” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He is an integral component of our blueline, I know he will do well at Amherst” stated Coombs.

Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Mammoths are coached by Jack Arena. This season the team had an 11-9-5 record. Amherst College has appeared in four NCAA Championships and have won three NESCAC titles.