The Rebels depart from BWI airport today at 11:58am and head to Minneapolis for the North American Hockey League’s 15th annual showcase which will be held at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN. They will play a total of four games, with a game scheduled for each day. Two of their opponents will be familiar faces from last year’s Robertson Cup tournament: Aberdeen Wings and Lone Star Brahmas.
The Rebels will play their first game of the season at 11:15am ET against the Minnesota Wilderness. The Wilderness are coached by Tim Madsen (2nd year). Last year they finished second in the central division with a 32-22-6 record for 70 points. Zach Mills and Michael Zuffante led the team in points with 48 each. The Wilderness lost in the Central Division Finals to Aberdeen 3 games to 2. Like the Rebels, they will play their first game of the season against each other. The Wilderness’ home opener is Friday, October 6 against the Bismarck Bobcats.
The second game of the Showcase for the Rebels will pit them against last season’s semi-final opponent the Aberdeen Wings, whom the Rebels defeated two games to one. The one-game rematch will take place on Thursday at 5:15pm ET. The Wings are led by second year Head Coach Scott Langer. Last season Aberdeen finished fourth in the Central Division with a 29-24-7 record for 65 points. Their leading scorer was Kevin Fitzgerald with 59 points. The Wings will play their first game of the season against the Springfield Jr. Blues on Wednesday. Their home opener will be on Friday, September 29 against the Brookings Blizzard.
The third game of the tournament will be held on Friday at 2:00pm ET against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The IceRays are coached by Brad Flynn (2nd year). Last year they had a 32-19-9 record for 73, which earned them third place in the South Division. The team’s leading scorer was Mason Krueger with 56 points. Corpus Christi lost to eventual NAHL Champion Lone Star three games to two in the divisional finals. Unlike the Rebels first two opponents of the Showcase, the IceRays have played two games already. They split their games against the Topeka RoadRunners. Corpus Christi’s home opener will be on Friday, September 29 against the Odessa Jackalopes.
The final game of the Showcase will take place on Saturday at 10:45am ET against the team that beat the Rebels in the Robertson Cup finals: Lone Star Brahmas. The Brahmas are led by fifth year head coach Dan Wildfong. They finish first in the South Division with a 44-14-2 record for 90 points. They were led by Carson Kelley’s 50 points. Lone Star enters the Showcase with a 2 – 0 record having shutout the Shreveport Mudbugs in both games. The Brahmas’ home opener will be held on Friday, October 20th against the IceRays.
Make sure you visit the Rebels Twitter feed (@phillyrebels) for the most up-to-date scores highlights.
The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that Billy Pugliese will serve as the team’s Director of Scouting while Oktay Armagan will be the Director of Player Development. Both will report to General Manager and Head Coach Joe Coombs.
“I’m thrilled to have Billy and Oktay on our scouting staff” stated Coombs. “We have been very successful these past two years and we don’t want to stop. In order to win the Robertson Cup we need to constantly evaluate the talent in North American and overseas. These two gentlemen have been very successful in the past, and I know they will help us in the future” concluded Coombs.
Pugliese played two years in the United States Hockey League with the Green Bay Gamblers where he captured two national championships, two Anderson Cups and one Clark Cup. During his tenure with the Gamblers he amassed 116 points.
Pugliese then played four years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He led the team in scoring his freshman year. After finishing his college career, Pugliese played three years professionally, one year with the San Diego Gulls of the WCHL and two years with the Muskegon Fury of the United Hockey League. He was a member of the league’s Colonial Cup champions during the 2003-04 season.
After his playing career was cut short due to injuries, Pugliese began his coaching career in 2004 with the Omaha Hockey Club. He currently serves as the coach for Omaha’s U10 girls team and mites. From 2007 through 2009, Pugliese was a volunteer assistant coach with is alma mater working with the forwards, power play and video analysis. He owns and operates MavXHockey, a series of development camps that help players improve their skating and puck skills.
Armagan played ACHA hockey for Towson University and then Rider University where he captained the team to three ACHA Division II final appearances.
He began his career with the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues as the Video Editor of Amateur Scouting for four years. Armagan then became an assistant coach for the 2005 ECHL’s Trenton Titans who won the Kelly Cup Championship. He also was a member of the 2014 ECHL’s Reading Royals Eastern Conference Champions coaching staff. Armagan served as an assistant coach for the NAHL’s New Jersey Titans during their inaugural season.
Armagan has over 22 years as a youth hockey coach and skills instructor. He currently is on the staff of the NAHL Central Scouting and USA Hockey Atlantic District Program. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the New Jersey Raiders company which trains players. He has successfully trained and developed over 35 NCAA/ACHA players in the last three years.
The North American Hockey League released its schedule for its 15th annual NAHL Showcase that will be held from September 20 through September 23 at the Schawn Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The Rebels will play four games, including a game each against last season’s Robertson Cup playoff opponents: Aberdeen Wings and Lone Star Brahmas.
The Rebels have a combined 4 – 4 record during the past two showcases. Last season the Rebels went 3 – 1.
The following is the Rebels schedule (all times listed are Eastern Time):
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 350 professional, college and junior scouts. For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.
The Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.
The Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League, have announced today that the team has changed its name from the Aston Rebels to the Philadelphia Rebels. The team also announced that it now will call the Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena its home beginning with the upcoming 2017-18 season.
The Rebels were the NAHL’s 2016-17 regular season champions and won their second consecutive East Division championship. The Rebels are the highest level of junior hockey on the East Coast.
“We are thrilled to be playing in such a prestigious venue as the Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 arena” stated Rebels owner Ken Dennis. “While we enjoyed our stay at the IceWorks Skating Complex we felt that, in order to grow awareness of the team and junior hockey itself, it was necessary to find a new home in Philadelphia, and changing the name to the Philadelphia Rebels simply made sense. We are now truly at home in the Cradle of Liberty,” concluded Dennis.
The Rebels had a 46-11-2-1 record for 95 points during the regular season. The past two years the team had a compiled record of 81-32-7. The Rebels also have produced 25 NCAA commitments during that time. The 2017-18 season is slated to begin in mid-September. The Rebels first regular season home opener will be played on Friday, September 29 against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Season and individual ticket information will be announced shortly.
Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena is located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The 60,000 square-foot facility boasts 2,500 seats, locker rooms, concession stands, and event rooms that can accommodate private groups up to 50 people. The ice surface itself is 85’ by 200’, totaling 17,000 square feet of frozen fun and healthy activity. When the ice comes out at the end of each season, the Class of 1923 Arena plays hosts to a range of activities that support the neighboring community, as well as the city of Philadelphia. Visit www.upenn.edu/icerink for more information and directions to the rink.
Media Contact – Penn Ice Rink
Director, Communications & External Relations
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.
The North American Hockey League’s two-time defending East Division Champion Rebels begin their main camp today. It will run through Saturday, July 15 culminating with the Blue vs. Red All-Star game at 10:00am on the last day.
The Blue vs. Red game is where the top performing players throughout the camp will be selected to play and possibly receive an invite to the team’s training camp which begins at the end of August. Admission to the game is free, and there will be a free barbeque immediately following.
The Rebels will be seeking defenseman during this camp. The team is returning only three blueliners: Reid Miller, Justin Smith and 2017 Robertson Cup all-tournament team member Kolby Vegara. The team also will be seeking another goalie with Jack Leavy as the sole returner between the pipes. However, all positions are still up for grab.
“We’re looking for the best players” stated head coach Joe Coombs. We have a good blend of young and older players seeking to make our team. It will be a very competitive camp, and I’m looking forward to it” concluded Coombs.
Over 120 players have registered for the camp residing from all over the globe.
The North American Hockey League released its 2017-18 schedule today and the two-time defending East Division Champion Rebels will play their first game of the regular season on Wednesday, September 20th at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN. The home opener will be on Friday, September 29th against the Johnstown Tomahawks.
The schedule for the NAHL Showcase has yet to be announced.
Unlike the past two seasons, the Rebels will not have to travel to Alaska which will result in uneven schedule within the division. The Rebels will play Johnstown twelve times, New Jersey Titans 16 times, Northeast Generals 16 times, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 12 times.
The Rebels will play a total of twenty-eight home games during the season. They will play on two holidays: Martin Luther King and Presidents Day. In all the Rebels will play three homes on a Monday, two on a Wednesday, three on a Thursday, eleven on a Friday, six on a Saturday and three on a Sunday.
The Aston Rebels are pleased to announce the signing of Honeybaked forward Valentino Passarelli to a NAHL Tender contract for the 2017-18 season.
The Spanish Fort, AL native, 17, played 54 games this year for the Honeybaked 16U team, who play in the High-Performance Hockey League. He had 45 points on the season. The 5’8”, 170 lb. forward is a right-handed shot. He is a Division 1 NCAA commitment to Miami University of Ohio.
” I feel honored to be given the opportunity to tender with the Aston Rebels” stated Passerelli. “I am looking forward to experiencing juniors and developing my game as a hockey player’ concluded Passerelli.
“We are excited to have the opportunity with Tino” stated Rebels assistant coach Nick Peruzzi. He is someone we feel that matches our identity and culture. He has a fantastic work ethic, and we are looking forward to working with him and furthering his development” concluded Peruzzi.
The Aston Rebels are pleased to announce the signing of Culver Academies’ defenseman Bryant Gunn to a NAHL Tender contract for the 2017-18 season.
The Carmel, IN native, 18, played 36 games this year for Culver’s 18U prep team, who play in the Independent/Prep AAA League. He had 20 points on the season (6 goals and 14 assists). The 5’11”, 185 lb. left-handed shot defenseman had a +25 plus/minus ratio.
“I feel very honored and blessed to be tendered by such a great organization and team” stated Gunn. “I am super excited to be a part of the Aston Rebels. I look forwarding to working hard and contributing to something special in Aston” concluded Gunn.
“Bryant is a highly intelligent left shot puck moving defenseman” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “We expect him to log a lot of minutes against the other teams’ top players” concluded Coombs.
The Aston Rebels are pleased to announce the signing of Culver Academies’ defenseman Collin Heinold to a NAHL Tender contract for the 2017-18 season.
The Charleston, SC native, 18, played 36 games this year for Culver’s 18U prep team, who play in the Independent/Prep AAA League. He had 12 points on the season (9 goals and 3 assists). The 6’1”, 201 lb. defenseman had a +12 plus/minus ratio. The right-handed shot blueliner is known for his bomb of a slapshot.
“Being tendered with the Aston Rebels brings me much excitement for where my hockey career has brought me and where it will take me in the future” stated Heinold. “Playing on one of the best NAHL teams makes me feel proud to be a Rebel and I am very excited to become part of a new brotherhood. Aston is a great opportunity for me in the next step of my hockey career to take me where I want to go and help me reach goals and dreams that I have set for myself for as long as I can remember” concluded Heinold.
“We are very happy to sign Collin” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He is a very talented player with a cannon of a shot. We expect him to be a key member of our team and power play unit” concluded Coombs.