Jamestown, NY – Jamestown Rebels goaltender Noah West has announced his commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Robert Morris University, beginning in the 2020-21 season. For West, it’s a dream come true.
“It’s always been a dream to play Division 1 hockey” said West. “To have a school like Robert Morris, which has been a very good program over the last couple of years, come to me, it was a no-brainer. I look forward to playing the next four years there and being successful”.
West, 18, is currently in his second season with the Rebels, and is the first Rebels player this season to announce a college commitment. He has posted a 2.82 GAA and a .916 SV% thus far in 11 appearances. He also has received an Honorable Mention for the NAHL East Division Player of the Month (September) as well as a Second Star selection and two Honorable Mentions for the NAHL’s East Division Stars of the Week.
The 6’2, 185-pound native of Pittsboro, IN was drafted by the Rebels with the 35th overall selection in the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft. West went on to have a solid rookie campaign, where he compiled a 2.29 GAA along with a .911 SV% in 24 games played during the 2018-29 season being named to the NAHL All-East Division Rookie Team. He also was stellar in the post-season, posting a 0.70 GAA and a .973 SV% in two playoff appearances. During the 2019 USHL Entry Draft, West was selected 194th overall by the Youngstown Phantoms, but ultimately decided to return to Jamestown for the 2019-20 season, a place he knew would give him the best chance to achieve his goals.
“I wanted to come back and play another year for Coach [Joe] Coombs. He’s a great coach, and it was an easy decision for me to return and potentially play a lot games. If I didn’t come back, I don’t think I’d have this offer to play Division 1 hockey”.
West has loved his time in Chautauqua County, and continues to do so. “It’s been great. I couldn’t ask for a better billet family and the fans have been great; it’s been a really good time in Jamestown”.
“He’s certainly well-deserving” said Head Coach/General Manager Joe Coombs of West. “Noah is an extremely hard-working, committed kid that I see possibly playing even after college”.
For a young player, going through the process of committing to a school can be daunting, and now that West has made his selection, Coach Coombs is looking forward to seeing West continue his season. “I’m glad the process is over. The process unfortunately can be stressful on some people, and we’re looking forward to having him be care-free and back to doing his thing. We’re all happy for him: it’s our first commitment of the year, he’s going to a great program and again, he’s just very well-deserving”.
The Rebels will travel to New Jersey for a set of games this weekend (Oct. 25 & 26th) with the Titans, and will then return home to host the Maine Nordiques for the first time ever on both Nov. 1st and Nov. 2nd. Follow the Rebels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with all Rebels news.