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With Rebels Out, Arena Works On Hockey Options

Jamestown Rebels goaltender Nolan Suggs makes one of 30 saves during Saturday's NAHL game against the Maryland Black Bears at Northwest Arena. P-J photo by Scott Reagle

Officials at Northwest Savings Bank Ice Arena are down, but not out.

After an announcement from the North American Hockey League that the Jamestown Rebels have agreed to sell its NAHL membership to HSG Hockey LLC., and move to Philadelphia, those here are already looking at ways find a replacement.

“We were just made aware of the official sale of the team this morning from the league President Mark Frankenfeld,” said Keith Martin, Northwest Savings Bank executive director said. “We will begin working on bringing junior hockey back to Northwest Arena as soon as possible. “

The former Rebels team will be based and play their home games out of Hollydell Ice Arena, which is 15 miles south of downtown Philadelphia in Washington Township, N.J. Over the last five years, Hollydell has been extensively renovated and expanded. With four sheets of ice, a dedicated off ice training facility, eight permanent locker rooms and a full-service bar and restaurant Hollydell is an ideal location for an NAHL team.

Under previous owner Ken Dennis, the Rebels enjoyed several years of success in the Philadelphia area before moving to Jamestown. The team had moved originally from McAllen, Texas, to Aston, Pa., in 2015. After three years in Aston and Philadelphia the team then relocated to Jamestown, NY. The team made back-to-back appearances at the Robertson Cup in both 2016 and 2017. In 2017, the team lost to the Lone Star Brahmas, 3-0 in the Robertson Cup Championship Game.

“We can’t thank Ken Dennis enough for his involvement as an owner in the NAHL the past decade. The Rebels have had a great track record of success during their time in the league, advancing over 100 players onto the NCAA,” said Mark Frankenfeld. “This is an exciting step for the NAHL to get back into the Philadelphia-area market and the Hollydell Ice Arena is a wonderful facility with amenities that the NAHL team will enjoy. We expect the tradition of success and advancement that the Rebels have established to continue under new ownership.”

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