**APRIL FOOL'S PRANK**
The Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have announced today that the team has changed its name from the Jamestown Rebels to the Roanoke Rebels, replacing the Southern Professional Hockey League's Rail Yard Dogs. The team also announced that it now will call the Berglund Center its home beginning with the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Like the SPHL's Rail Yard Dogs, the Rebels were dormant during the NAHL’s 2020-21 season after and tradition of success in previous seasons.
“We are thrilled to be playing in such a prestigious venue as the Berglund Center,” stated Rebels owner Ken Dennis. “While we enjoyed our stay in Jamestown we felt that, in order to grow awareness of the team and junior hockey itself, it was necessary to find a new home and Roanoke simply made sense. We are now truly at home in Roanoke,” concluded Dennis.
The Roanoke Rebels are a Tier II American Junior hockey team that plays in the 46-year-old North American Hockey League. The premise of the Rebels, and the league itself, is to help aspiring 16 – 20-year-olds in their quests to achieve their goals of a better education through collegiate hockey. The North American Hockey League is the only USA Hockey sanctioned Tier II Junior league consisting of 23 teams from across North America. Over 1,000 players from the NAHL have made NCAA commitments during the past five years.
Berglund Center (originally called the Roanoke Civic Center) is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena located in the Williamson Road neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia. It was built in 1971. It was the former home to the Roanoke Dazzle basketball team, as well as the Roanoke Express and Roanoke Valley Vipers ice hockey teams.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO KEN DENNIS, MARK FRANKENFELD AND THE NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STAFF FOR PLAYING ALONG!
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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