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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.

2018 NAHL Draft Recap: Rebels target forward position

The North American Hockey League held its annual player draft today with the Rebels having the twenty-second out of twenty-fourth pick in the first round due to the team having the third best winning percentage during the 2017-18 regular season. Overall, the Rebels took ten players broken down by the following positions: one (1) goaltender; three (3) defensemen and six (6) forwards.

“We went into the draft selecting players by need” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. We needed to fill gaps and wanted to establish a solid defensive corps and move on out. We felt we accomplished this” stated Pugliese.

“I thought our draft went very well” said Pugliese. “I’m happy with all of our picks, and I’m looking forward to bringing them all together and having them in camp” concluded Pugliese.

The following is a recap of the players selected by the Rebels.

Round 1 – 22nd Pick
Alexandre Roy, defenseman; Andre-Laurendeau; Shoots left; Born 9-21-1998. Hometown: St-Vallier, Que. Height: 5’8”; Weight: 130.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Andre-Laurendeau          36           6              18           24           20           2              0
’16-17 Season    Andre-Laurendeau          34           2              9              11           12           1              0

Round 2 – 35th Pick
Noah West, goaltender; Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 18U; Catches left; Born 11-25-2000. Hometown: Pittsboro, IN. Height: 6’0”; Weight: 190.

Season                 Team                                     GPI         Mins      GA          SO          W            L              T              SV%       AVG       OTL
’17-18 Season    Oakland Jr. Grizz. 18        11           457         19           2              6              4              0              0.884     2.12
’16-17 Season    Chi. Fury 18                         16           849         39           3              5              9                              0.913     2.48        1

Round 2 – 46th Pick
Joshua Tripp, forward; Swan Valley; Shoots left; Born 4-29-1998. Hometown: Swan River, MB. Height: 5’6”; Weight: 155.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Swan Valley        38           28           14           42           28           11           4
’17-18 Season    Corpus Christi    13           3              6              9              20           2              0

Round 3 – 54th Pick
Brayden Richards, defenseman; Whitecourt Wolverines; Shoots left; Born 8-12-1998. Hometown: Calgary, AB. Height: 6’0”; Weight: 180.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Drayton Valley  28           4              4              8              26           0              0
’17-18 Season    Whitecourt         27           1              5              6              2              1              0

Round 3 – 70th Pick
Antonio Venuto, forward; Detroit Compuware 18U; Shoots left; Born 2-26-2000; Hometown: Whitmore Lake, MI. Height: 6’1”. Weight: 195

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Det. Compuware 18        20           6              9              15           6              1              0
’17-18 Season    Minot                                    1              0              0              0              0              0              0

Round 5 – 118th Pick
Caleb Price, defenseman; Northern Cyclones; Shoots left; Born 4-4-2000. Hometown: Hooksett, NH. Height: 5’7”; Weight: 155.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    North. Cyclones                 50           6              12           18           27           1              0
18 Playoffs          North. Cyclones 3              0              0              0              0              0              0

Round 6 – 142nd Pick
Cannon Green, forward; Detroit Compuware 18U; Shoots left; Born 3-27-2000. Hometown: Birmingham, MI. Height: 5’11”; Weight: 184.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Det. Compuware 18        18           6              4              10           4              0              0
’16-17 Season    Oakland Jr. Grizz 18         45           17           30           47           2

Round 7 – 166th Pick
Campbell Balk, forward; Yarmouth Mariners; Shoots right; Born 4-5-1998. Hometown: West Olive, MI. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 176.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Yarmouth            43           2              18           20           48           0              0
18 Playoffs          Yarmouth            18           1              5              6              8              0              0

Round 8 – 190th Pick
Seth Benson, forward; Omaha AAA HC 18U; Shoots left; Born: 2-5-1999. Hometown: Moorhead, MN. Height: 6’3”. Weight: 170.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Portage                                 2              0              0              0              4              0              0
’17-18 Season    Omaha AAA 18                  9              3              4              7              14           0              0

Round 9 – 214th Pick
Max Johnson, forward; Hearst Lumberjacks; Shoots left; Born: 4-7-1999. Hometown: Maple Grove, MN. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 165.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Hearst                   46           20           30           50           76           3              1
18 Playoffs          Hearst                   3              2              1              3              0              1              0

The draft was available for any amateur player who will be less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2018 and was not listed on an NAHL team roster nor listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2017-18 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft were eligible for the draft.

Rebels tender defenseman John Serafin

The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that the team has tendered Kirkland Lake Goldminers defenseman John Serafin for the 2018-19 season.

Serafin,18, had 14 points (2 goals and 14 assists) in forty-eight games for the Goldminers who play in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). The 6’5”, 207 lb. native of St. Louis, MO is a right-handed shot.

“I’m excited to be tendered by a successful team such as the Rebels” stated Serafin. “They have an excellent record of moving players onto the next level. It’s what attracted me to them” concluded Serafin.

“John brings size to our defensive group” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese.  “I think he can develop into a very difficult player for opponents to play against” said Pugliese.

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.

Three Rebels selected in 2018 USHL Draft

Phase II of the 2018 United States Hockey League (USHL) draft was held yesterday and three current Rebels (plus one former Rebel) were selected.

Nicolas Appendino, Chase Hamstad and Eric Olson are the current Rebels that were selected while former Rebel Dustin Manz (2016-17) was chosen as well.

Appendino was taken in the fourth round (56 overall) by the Fargo Force. Appendino joined the Rebels in January. The skilled defenseman played in twenty-six games and had ten points (1 goal and 9 assists).

Hamstad, who is a Rebels tender and joined the team in early March, was taken in the ninth round (137 overall) by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Hamstad played in ten games and had four points (2 goals and 2 assists).

Olson, who was named the team’s 2017-18 hardest working player, was taken in the thirteenth round (199 overall) by the Madison Capitals. “Red” played in 56 games during the regular season and had twenty points (9 goals and 11 assists).

Manz, played in 56 games for the Rebels during the 2016-17 season and had sixteen points (4 goals and 12 assists). He was selected in the fifth round (83 overall) by the Lincoln Stars.

USHL member clubs were able to select any player born between the years 1998 and 2002 until each team had 45 players on their roster.

Billing makes NCAA commitment to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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.

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 and Maguyon selected to NAHL’s All-East Division Team

The North American Hockey League today announced its All-Division teams and honors for the 2017-18 season.  The divisional teams and honors represent the four divisions in the NAHL as voted upon and selected by the league’s 23 head coaches.  The awards are based on performance during the 2017-18 regular season. Rebels goaltender Ryan Keane and forward Aaron Maguyon were named to the NAHL’s All-East Division team while Keane also was named the division’s goaltender of the year.

Keane, the 5’9”, 160lb native of Coppell, TX, played in thirty-three regular season games and had a 24-7-2 record posting a 1.90 goals against average and .924 save percentage with three shutouts. Keane had the second-best goals against average and save percentage in team history.

Keane posted a 2.09 goals against average and .922 save percentage in the playoffs.

This is the eighth time Keane received league honors during the season. He was goalie of the month for October; honorable mention for goalie of the month for the months of November, December and January. He was the East Division’s Star of the Week for weeks ending December 17 and March 11. He was honorable mention for Star of the week for week ending October 15.

Keane is the third straight Rebels goaltender to be selected as the East Division’s goaltender of the year following Darion Hanson (2016) and Mareks Mitens (2017).

Maguyon, the Rebels 2017-18 Best Offensive Player, lead the team with fifty points (24 goals and 26 assists). He also led the team with 24 goals. He had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in the playoffs.

Maguyon also was a participant in the NAHL’s 2018 Top Prospects Tournament back in February. He had two points (1 goal and 1 assist) in two games.

This is the ninth time the Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native received league honors during the season. He was named honorable mention for forward of the month for the months of November, December, February and March. He was selected second star of the week for week ending November 5, and he was honorable mention for weeks ending November 19, February 4 and 11.

Maguyon has the second most points in team history with 88 (36 goals and 52 assists). He is the fifth Rebel to record 50 points in one season.

Rebels season comes to a close with 2 – 1 loss to Knights

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the visiting Philadelphia Rebels 2 – 1 to complete a three-game sweep of this best-of-five Robertson Cup divisional finals to end the East Division’s top seed’s season.

Despite being almost out shot two-to-one, the Knights were able to get timely goals and some ten bell saves from goaltender Christian Stoever to win a very close and well played game by both teams.

The Knight would take a 1 – 0 lead with 4:28 left in the first period on Tyrone Bronte’s third goal of the playoffs.

After Rebels center Alex Frye won the draw inside his own zone, the puck would go up along the end boards where it picked up by Jeffrey Bertrand in front of the visitor’s bench. The Knights forward would pass the puck to Adrian Danchenko in the corner. Danchenko would skate to the top of the near side faceoff circle with the puck on his backhand. He would turn and pass the biscuit to Bronte who was falling down and the Knights forwarded backhanded a shot up high and past goaltender Ryan Keane to give the Knights the lead.

The Rebels would tie it with 6:24 left in the second on Carson Moniz’s second goal of the playoffs.

Knights defensemen Joseph Verkerke sent the puck around the end boards where it was picked up by Brandon Stanley at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Stanley passed it down low to Nico Appendino who found Moniz skating towards the slot, and the Rebels defensemen took a wrist shot that beat Stoever through a screen to even the score.

With time running out in the middle period, Matt Kidney would score the ultimate game winner.

Verkerke would skate along the far side boards through the neutral zone and dump the puck into the near side corner where it was picked up Jack Olmstead. The Knights forward would skate up along the boards and towards the top of the slot. Olmstead took a backhanded shot that was blocked out front but the rebound came right out to Kidney who knocked in the loose puck past Keane to give the Knights a 2 – 1 lead with just fifteen second remaining in the second period.

Each team had chances in the third but Stoever and Keane made several tough saves to keep the score intact.  In the end, it wasn’t enough. Keane finished the game stopping 27 of 29 shots while Stoever turned aside 39 of 40. Click here for the box score.

This will be the first time in the Rebels three-year history that the team will not advance to the Robertson Cup tournament. Despite the loss, the Rebels had a great season, capturing their third straight regular season East Division championship and winning 41 regular season games, including a historic game at the Wells Fargo Center.