For Immediate Release
Jamestown, NY – The Jamestown Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Ryan Keane has committed to the University of Connecticut (UCONN), effective Fall 2019. Keane becomes the seventh player to commit this season for the Rebels.
Keane, 21, has just wrapped up his last year of junior hockey and it was certainly one to remember. He finished the regular season ranked second for goalies in goals-against-average for the second-straight year. During the regular season his overall record was 23-10-1-1 with three shutouts. Not only did he improve his save percentage and GAA from last season, but he even played three more games this year. The Coppell, TX native will be taking his talents over seven-and-a-half hours east to play at the NCAA Division I level. The Huskies are a member of the Hockey East Conference. UCONN has had 13 former players reach the National Hockey League, all but one of those players have entered the NHL Draft within the last six years. The Huskies have received a lot of awards over their 50+ years of hockey but ones that stick out are their 9 All-Americans, 12 ECAC East All-Stars, 32 players named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team, 2 players selected for the Hockey East All-Star Second Team, 1 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and 1 Conference Championship in 1999-00 when they were a part of the MAAC. They finished ninth in their conference this past season and unfortunately did not qualify for the 2019 Hockey East Playoffs, closing their season with an overall record of 12-20-2.
The 5’9” 165lb. left-handed goaltender was drafted #93 overall in the 2017 NAHL Entry Draft by the Aston Rebels. In 2017-18 Keane was named NAHL (East) Goaltender of the Year along with NAHL All-East Division Team. Prior to the NAHL, Keane played nine games for the Omaha Lancers (USHL) in 2016-17. Ryan has played a total of 69 regular season NAHL games totaling a record of 47-17-3-1 with 12 playoff games under his belt as well (4-8). He was also selected as one of the goalies to represent the East Division during the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. In his two games played during the TPT he only allowed three goals and had a .923SV%. Keane not only shined at the tournament but as well as the entire season making countless saves that wound up on NAHL Plays of the Week.
When asked about his commitment to play for the Huskies next season Keane stated, “I am looking forward to playing college hockey and I feel playing for the Rebels has prepared me for it greatly.” When looking back on his junior career Keane had this to say, “I am very grateful for my time spent as a Rebel in Philadelphia and Jamestown. I would not change a thing about my junior career. I want to thank my coaching staff and teammates for helping me become a better player and a better man.”
When asked about his commitment, Head Coach Joe Coombs stated, “Ryan has been one of the best goalies in the league the last two seasons. This is well deserving, and we could not be happier for him.”
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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.”
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Jamestown, NY – The Jamestown Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Alex Frye has committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage, effective Fall 2019. Frye becomes the fifth player to commit this season for the Rebels.
Frye, 20, is in his last year of junior hockey and is surely making it one to remember. He currently leads the team in goals (22), assists (17), and points (39). Frye is currently averaging a point-per-game. This is by far the most productive season Frye has had since entering junior hockey and there are still 21 games left in the regular season. The Hudsonville, MI native will be taking his talents 70 hours away to play at the NCAA D1 level. The Seawolves are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). UAA has been a D1 program since 1984 and have made the NCAA tournament three times (90-92). Also, they were the Conference Regular Season Champions in 1987. They have had nine players reach the NHL, five within the past ten years.
The 6’0” 185lb. left-handed center was drafted #101 overall in the 2014 USHL Draft by the Chicago Steel. He played 55 games for the Steel in 15-16 recording eight points. He then came to the NAHL where he spent the entire 16-17 season with the Topeka Roadrunners, picking up 32 points in 51 games played. He played 14 games with them the following season, then came to Philadelphia to play for Joe Coombs and the Rebels. Last season in Philly, Frye played 46 games scoring nine goals and totaling 25 points. Since entering junior hockey Frye has played in 205 games (55g,54a).
When asked about his commitment to play college hockey at the D1 level Frye stated, “I’m excited for it. After four years it finally paid off”. Also, Frye had this to say about his junior career and going out on a high note, “got some weight off the shoulders and now it’s time to focus on winning a Robertson Cup”.
When asked about his commitment Head Coach Joe Coombs stated, “Alex has been a complete pleasure to coach. A great kid that we as an organization could not be happier for”. Coombs also added this, “we have been saying all along that someone will be getting a top-notch player and UAA is getting exactly that. Best part is, Alex has a 200ft game and is ahead of the curve”.
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.
The Jamestown Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Peter Zhong has committed to play NCAA Division I Ice Hockey for the Arizona State University Sun Devils, who are an independent team. His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.
Zhong, 20, played two seasons for the Rebels. The Westmont, IL native had a total of six points (4 goals and 2 assists) in 64 games during his career. He was key member in the locker room and was an active participant in community events.
“I would like to thank my family for all they have done for me” stated Zhong. “I also would like to thank all of my teammates and coaches, particularly head coach Joe Coombs and the entire Rebels organization for all of their support these past two years” concluded Zhong.
“I am very happy for Peter” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He has been a solid part of our organization for two years. ASU is getting a quality person and player” stated Coombs.
Arizona State University is located in Tempe, AZ. The Sun Devils are one of only two NCAA Division I ice hockey programs that are located in the southern part of the United States. The Sun Devils had an 8-21-5 record this past season.
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.
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.
The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that goaltender Eli Billing has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Pointers who play in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.
Billing, 20, appeared in twenty-seven games for the Rebels this past season. He had a 15-8-0-1-1 record. The 5’10”, 180lb native of Tecumseh, ON had a 2.44 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with three shutouts.
I’m excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point” stated Billing. “I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way”” concluded Billing.
“I am happy for Billy” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “Billy is a great person and teammate. The Pointers are getting a quality goalie and even better person” concluded Coombs.
Located in Stevens-Point, WI, the Pointers finished the season with a 21-6-3 record, their fifth straight season with twenty or more wins. UWSP advanced to the NCAA D3 National semi-finals.
The Philadelphia Rebels are pleased to announce the signing of Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede 18U forward Brendan Westbrook to a NAHL Tender contract for the 2018-19 season.
Westbrook, 18, had 33 points (19 goals and 14 assists) in 53 games this past season in the NAPHL (North American Prospect Hockey League). He also had an outstanding +/- ratio of +36. The 6’0”, 170 lb. Pine City, MN native is a left-handed shot.
“I am honored and very excited about tendering with the Rebels” stated Westbrook. “I can’t wait to continue my career and better myself as a player with this organization” concluded Westbrook.
“Brendan brings good size, skating and physical play to our forward group” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. “We look forward to working with him” concluded Pugliese.
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.