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Maguyon, Kmec & Keane recognized for NAHL November Honors

The North American Hockey League announced today its monthly player awards for the month of November. Rebels forward Aaron Maguyon, defenseman Dusan Kmec and goaltender Ryan Keane were selected as honorable mention for their respective position.

Maguyon had five points (2 goals and 3 assists) in eight games. To date, the Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native leads the team in total points with 20 (9 goals and 11 assists). He was named honorable mention for the East Division for week ending November 19 and second star of the week for week ending November 5.

Kmec, who was brought over in a trade with the Aberdeen Wings halfway through November, had three points (all assists) in seven games. He is currently third on the team for points by a defenseman with six (2 goals and 4 assists).

Keane, who was the league’s goalie of the month for October, went 3 – 2 in the month posting a 2.40 goal against average and a .908 save percentage. He has a 1.74 goal against average and .927 save percentage and one shutout on the season.

Keane named NAHL’s Goalie of the Month for October while Zerban & DiMurro honored

The North American Hockey League announced its monthly player awards for the month of October and Rebels goalie Ryan Keane was named Vaughan’s Goalie of the Month while forward Jensen Zerban and defenseman Diarmad DiMurro were named honorable mention for their respective position.

The 5’9”, 160lb native of Coppell, TX was 4 – 1 during the month with a 1.20 goals against average and a .950 save percentage with one shutout (4 – 0 win over Johnstown). Keane has the league leading 1.14 goals against average and .952 save percentage.

“Ryan has played fantastic since he walked through the door on September 1st” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “Quite frankly, he has been our most consistent player to date. Some NCAA Division I school is going to get a great college goaltender” concluded Coombs.

“I can play with a lot of confidence because of the great team I have in front of me here in Philadelphia” stated Keane. “We have a good and talented group of players and each is responsible at both ends of the ice, so is makes my job easier to stop the puck. We have been playing well since the start of the season and have good chemistry in the locker room, so we are looking to continue that consistency the entire season. I think our goal right now is to keep improving and win the East. I know everyone here is hungry to get back to the Robertson Cup and win it, so that is something we keep focusing on. Personally, I just want to keep improving and ultimately get an NCAA Division I opportunity” added Keane.

This is the second straight month that Zerban and DiMurro were named honorable mention for their position. Zerban had four points (1 goal and 3 assists) during October. The Air Force Academy commit is fourth on the team in points with nine (4 goals and 5 assists). He is tied for second on the team with a +7 +/1 ratio.

DiMurro had eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) during October. The Dartmouth University commit is tied for first on the team with eleven points (3 goals and 8 assists). He also has the best +/- ratio on the team with a +9.

Zerban and DiMurro named honorable mention for NAHL’s September Awards

The North American Hockey League today announced its monthly award winners for September and Rebels forward Jensen Zerban and defenseman Diarmad DiMurro were named honorable mention for their respective position.

Zerban, the Air Force Academy commit, had five points during the month including three consecutive game winning goals in the League’s annual Showcase in Blaine, MN.

DiMurro, the Highland Mills, NY native, got his rookie season in the NAHL off to a good start with three assists in the month.

Zerban & Leavy named honorable mention for NAHL’s February monthly awards

The North American Hockey League announced its monthly player awards for February and forward Jensen Zerban and goaltender Jack Leavy were named honorable mention for their respective position.

Zerban, who is committed to the Air Force Academy, had nine points in nine games during the month. He had five goals and four assists with a +3 +/- ratio. He has a total of twenty two points on the season (8 goals and 14 assists). He was named second star of the week for week ending February 12.

Leavy, who just completed in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament, had a 3 – 0 record in the month with a 1.50 goals against average and a .921 save percentage with two shutouts. On the season he has an 11-1-1 record with a 1.92 goals against average and a .919 save percentage with five shutouts.

Blackmun recognized by NAHL for January player award

The North American Hockey League announced today its monthly league awards for the month of January and Rebels forward Drew Blackmun was named honorable mention for his position.

The Minneapolis, MN native had nine points (2 goals and 7 assists) in eleven games in the month, and he was had a +6 plus/minus ratio.

The Rebels’ assistant captain is fourth on the team in scoring. He has a total of 33 points (11 goals and 22 assists) in 39 games, including one game winning goal.

Kapcheck and Mitens win November monthly league awards; Esteves honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its monthly player of the month awards for November and the Aston Rebels were well represented. Brennan Kapcheck was named defenseman of the month while Mareks Mitens was named goaltender of the month. Forward Gianluca Esteves was named as an honorable mention.

Kapcheck had eight points (6 goals and 2 assists) and a +12 rating in seven games. He leads all NAHL defensemen with 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists). Kapcheck was named the East Division’s player of the week for week ending November 13. The 5’9”, 160 lb native from Chicago, IL also announced his Division 1 NCAA commitment to American International College this past Saturday.

“Getting a commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey is something I have been working towards for a long time” stated Kapcheck. “To see it become a reality was a dream come true. I am exciting to be joining a team and program at AIC that is up and coming and heading in the right direction” said Kapcheck.

“Brennan can flat out play hockey” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “For an undersized defenseman, he plays with lots of fire and compete level, but his skill set is very good. American International College is getting a great player. He has been a big player for our organization for two years and will certainly be missed next season” concluded Coombs.

This is the second straight month that Mitens was name goaltender of the month (he was runner up in September). The 6’1”, 176 lb native of Ventspids, Latvia had a 5-0-0 record during the month with a 0.99 goals against average and a .959 save percentage. He leads all NAHL goaltenders in wins (15), goals against (1.23), save percentage (.948) and shutouts (6). He was the East Division’s second star of the week for week ending November 13 while he was the Division’s player of the week for week ending November 6.

“Mareks just continues to get better each time out” said Coombs. “He is getting more comfortable as he plays and makes it look easy at times, which any of us know who play this game that goaltending is not easy. The best part about Mareks is his compete level in practice and the fun he has doing so. I believe he makes everyone better around him” stated Coombs.

Mitens will represent Lativia at the World Junior Championships in December as they play against the likes of the United States, Canada and Russia.

“The past three months have really helped me develop as a goalie” said Mitens. “We have a very good team here in Aston and everyone puts in a lot of hard work to make sure we are successful. I am very excited to represent my country of Latvia at the World Junior Championship. It is something I have dreamed of since I was young and to be playing against the best in the world will be a very rewarding” concluded Mitens.

Esteves, the crafty forward from Winnipeg, MB, had six points for the month (3 goals and 3 assists). He had three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in the Rebels 7 – 0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on November 5. This is the first time the 5’11’, 168 lb forward has received weekly and/or monthly league accolades.