For Immediate Release
Jamestown, NY – The Jamestown Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Nick Stuckless has committed to the Skidmore College, effective Fall 2019. Stuckless becomes the sixth player to commit this season for the Rebels.
Stuckless, 21, is in his last year of junior hockey and is surely making it one for the books. He is currently sixth on the team in scoring with 29 points (11g-18a). This is by far the most productive season Nick has had since entering the NAHL and there are still playoff games to be played. The Orangeville, ON native will be staying in the Empire State as he takes his talents nearly six hours East to play at the NCAA Division III level. The Thoroughbreds are a member of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC). Skidmore College has had 9 National Championships, 203 NCAA DIII All-Americans, 83 Conference Championships, and 21 COSIDA Academic All-Americans. They finished sixth in their conference this past season and unfortunately lost to Babson College, 2-1, in the NEHC Quarterfinals. Closing their season with a record of 13-10-3.
The 6’1” 183lb. right-handed center was drafted #159 overall in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft by the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Prior to that, he was drafted #123 overall by the London Knights in the OHL Priority Selection. He has played in 105 OJHL games totaling for 69 points (30g-39a). He then came to the NAHL where he played 48 games in 2016-17 for the Amarillo Bulls. He played five games for them this season before being acquired by the Rebels. Stuckless has played in 105 NAHL games combining for 48 points (18g-30a). This is his first time reaching the post-season in his junior hockey career.
When asked about his commitment to play college hockey for the Thoroughbreds next season Stuckless stated, “Just from visiting there and building a relationship with the coaching staff, I feel like I’m really wanted there. It just feels like the perfect fit for my on ice and off ice goals.” When looking back on his junior career Stuckless had this to say, “My junior career has been a long one with lots of memories along the way. Couldn’t have asked for a better last year with these guys here in Jamestown.” Stuckless also added “I’m excited for this playoff push and I’m excited for what lies ahead.”
When asked about his commitment Assistant Coach Josh Brown stated, “We are very proud of Stuckless and everything that he has accomplished along the way. We look forward to seeing his game develop at the collegiate level.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jamestown, New York – Jamestown Rebels are pleased to announce that Colin Schmidt has committed to Union College, effective fall 2019.
Colin is now the fourth player to commit to a college this season for the Rebels. The 18-year-old Minnesota native will remain in The Empire State for the foreseeable future. The 6’5” 225lb forward becomes the second player to join the Dutchmen this season for the Rebels, joining Defenseman Nick Petruolo. Schmidt started the 2018-2019 season in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks, where he played just three games for them. He just got done playing his 19th game for the Rebels this past weekend and recorded a goal and an assist, giving him a total of 13 points this season (5G,8A).
Schmidt has proven himself not only to his teammates but also his coaches. As his hard work and dedication to the game has consistently put him on the first line. Where he has been putting up very good numbers as he currently sits on a four-game point streak. He will look to continue to make waves at the NCAA D1 level next season. There are some pretty big skates to fill though when putting on the Dutchman jersey as 11 former players have reached the pinnacle of hockey.
When asked about his choice to commit to Union, Schmidt had this to say “II am very excited to continue my education and hockey career at Union College. It is a great hockey program and an extremely good school, and I look forward to it very much”. He also spoke very highly of the Rebels stating, “I have great thanks to the Rebels organization for giving me the opportunity to develop my game for the next level”.
Assistant Coach Josh Brown states “The coaching staff is very happy for Colin. We are glad that he was able to find a school that was a good fit for both academics and hockey”. Before Colin gets ready to play at the collegiate level, he will continue to develop his game in the NAHL and is hoping to win some hardware before he says goodbye to his junior career.
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.