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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.

Vegara makes D1 NCAA commitment to UMass Minutemen

The Philadelphia Rebels are pleased to announce that defenseman Kolby Vegara has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey for the University of Massachusetts. The Minutemen are members of Hockey East. His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.

Vegara, 20, is currently tied for second among Rebels defenseman with 17 points (5 goals and 12 assists) in 45 games. During his two years with Philadelphia, Vegara has a total of twenty-four points (7 goals and 17 assists) in 94 games. The Malden, MA native was selected to the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup All-Tournament Team. He was a member of the recently concluded Top Prospects Tournament’s East team.

“I feel honored to be given such a great opportunity to play for and attend such a prestigious university” stated Vegara. “I would like to thank my parents for all the support throughout the years. I also would like to thank Coach Coombs and the Rebels organization for turning me into the player I am today, along with the help from my teammates. I am excited to be joining the Minutemen in the fall, but I am looking forward to the remainder of this season and trying to bring a Robertson Cup back to Philly” concluded Vegara.

“I am happy for Kolby” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “I’m glad to see his hard work payoff. UMass is getting a quality person and player” stated Coombs.

The University of Massachusetts is located in Amherst, MA. The Minutemen are coached by Greg Carvel, and possess a 15-17-2 record this season.

Six Rebels selected to NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament; Coombs to coach East Division

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced today the rosters for its Top Prospects Tournament which will be held February 27 – 28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. Six Philadelphia Rebels have been selected to play in this tournament: Aaron Maguyon, Eric Olson, Ryan Patrick, Luke Radetic, Brandon Stanley and Kolby Vegara.  Joe Coombs will the head coach for the East Division.

Maguyon, Patrick, Radetic, Stanley and Vegara will play for the East Division while Olson will play for the Selects White team.

Including his stats from Kenai River, Radetic is the Rebels leader scorer with forty-one points (22 goals and 19 assists). Maguyon is second on the team with thirty-eight points (17 goals and 21 assists) whereas Patrick is fourth on the team with points with twenty-eight (14 goals and 14 assists). Stanley has twenty points (10 goals and 10 assists), Vegara has sixteen points (4 goals and 12 assists) and Olson has eleven points (6 goals and 5 assists).

120 total players from the NAHL will be spread amongst six teams, who will play in two games each during the event. The event will feature teams that represent the four divisions in the NAHL: Central, East, Midwest and South, along with two NAHL Select teams (Red and White). Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment are eligible to participate in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, with the exception of those who will be playing on the NAHL Selects team. Each of the teams will consist of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goaltenders). Each team will play two games at the event.

This will be the second straight year that Coombs will be the East Division’s head coach. He guided last year’s East Team to a 2 – 0 record.

2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (subject to change, all times eastern)

Tuesday, February 27th
1:00pm: Midwest Division vs. NAHL Selects Red
4:00pm: South Division vs. East Division
7:00pm: Central Division vs. NAHL Selects White

Wednesday, February 28th
11:00am: NAHL Selects Red vs. South Division
2:00pm: Central Division vs. Midwest Division
5:00pm: NAHL Selects White vs. East Division

Rebels trade Bellant and land Radetic in three-team deal

The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that it has traded forward Andrew Bellant as part of a three-team trade which included the Bismarck Bobcats and Kenai River Brown Bears.

Bellant was sent to the Bismarck Bobcats who in turned sent Luke Millen to Kenai and the Brown Bears sent  Luke Radetic to the Rebels.

The North American Hockey League’s trade deadline is tonight.

Radetic is tenth in the NAHL this season in total points with forty (22 goals and 18 assists). He is fourth in the league in goals scored with twenty-two. In two seasons with the Brown Bears, Radetic has 73 points (38 goals and 35 assists) in 93 games. The Chesterfield, MO native is a 1997 birth year.

Bellant was fourth on the team this year in total points with twenty-seven (11 goals and 16 assists). The Linden, MI native is the franchise leader in seven categories: points, goals, assists, penalty minutes, games played, points-per-season and goals-per-season. He is committed to Michigan Tech.

“I would like to thank Andrew for his service and commitment to the Rebels organization” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “I wish him much success in Bismarck. I know he will do well” concluded Coombs.

Radetic could be in the Rebesl lineup tomorrow went the team plays the New Jersey Titans.