For Immediate Release
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.
The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Andrew Bellant has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey for Michigan Technological University. The Michigan Tech Huskies are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.
Bellant, 20, is currently tied for second on the Rebels with 15 total points (7 goals and 8 assists). The Linden, MI native is the franchise’s all-time leader in the following categories: points (101), goals (47), assists (54), games played (127), points per season (55) and penalty minutes (339). He is tied for first for all-time points per season with 55. He was the Rebels 2016-17 Best Offensive Player.
“I’m really excited to sign with Michigan Tech and move on to play hockey at the next level with a great program” stated Bellant. “I am extremely thankful to my parents and all of my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to where I am going. I would especially like to thank Coach Coombs and the Rebels organization” concluded Bellant.
“Andrew always has wanted to play Division I hockey in Michigan somewhere all along” states Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “The best part is he got his first choice. Tech is getting a player with an extremely high skill set with a compete level through the roof. We look forward to following his career. We could not be prouder and happier for him” concluded Coombs.
Michigan Tech is in located Houghton, MI. The Huskies are coached by Joe Shawhan, and they currently have an overall record of 7-6-4.
The Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Evgeny Yakovlev has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the University of Wisconsin Superior Yellowjackets, who play in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). His commitment begins in September.
Yakovlev, 20, had 38 points (11 goals and 27 assists) in 55 games during the regular season. He had eight points (5 goals and 3 assists) in eleven playoff games, including three game winning goals. His game winning goal in overtime in game three of the Robertson Cup semi-finals sent the team to the National Championship game. He had a total of 67 points during his two-year tenure with the Rebels, which is third highest in the team’s history. The Belgorod, Russia native played in two games in the NAHL’s Top Prospect Tournament back in February.
“I’m very excited to go UW Superior” stated Yakovlev. “I would like to thank my family, friends and teammates for supporting me through the years and helping me get to this point” concluded Yakovlev.
“I’m so excited for Yak” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He was instrumental in our back-to-back division championships. He is a very good hockey player but even better person. I know he will succeed in no matter what he does” stated Coombs.
The University of Wisconsin Superior is coached by Rich McKenna. This past season the Yellow Jackets had an overall 8-19-2 record.