Amarillo forward Rex makes NCAA commitment
May 24, 2018
The Amarillo Bulls, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have announced that forward Stephen Rex has committed to play NCAA Division III for Amherst College in the NESCAC and will enroll in school this fall.
“I’m happy to get that commitment to that school because I have been looking at it for a couple of years,” Rex said. “It’s a high academic institution and the hockey is very good as well. I’m really looking forward to my time there.”
Rex’s work ethic and compete level on the ice made him an instant hit with Amarillo Bulls teammates and fans this past season. Now the 5'8/160 lbs. native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native will be able to take that to the next level and embark on a new chapter in his career and life.
Rex was selected by the Bulls last season in the NAHL Draft. In 58 games with the Bulls, he potted five goals and added eight assists for 13 points. Rex was a critical part of the Bulls special teams playing a vital role on the penalty kill where he was able to collect two shorthanded goals.
“Stephen was such a big part of our culture change this season,” said Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo. “His work ethic and compete level set the standard for our team all year. He earned the Coaches Award this season and will make an immediate impact at Amherst this coming season.
“He is a tremendous student and has an academic opportunity that he simply couldn’t pass up. We are excited and proud of Stephen for his commitment and wish him the best of luck.”
Rex said the Bulls have certainly been a big part of his development and getting him ready for the next level. “The Bulls push hard for the players and everything is set up great to give us the tools to succeed,” he said. “We have unlimited ice time, as well as gym and fitness opportunities. If you can take advantage of that, it will get you in the right direction.”
Red said he owes of credit and thankful for the Bulls Coaching Staff, parents and billet families for their support.
Rex is the 12th Bulls player on the 2017-18 Roster and 16th overall to make his NCAA plans joining Marcus Chorney (Quinnipiac), Jason Brancheau (Ferris State), Austin O’Rourke (UMASS-Lowell), Brendan Michaelian (Robert Morris University), Billy Duma (Air Force Academy), .Brendan Walkom (Bentley University), Alex Truscott (Niagara University), Jon Russell (Harvard), Bray Crowder (Nebraska-Omaha), Luke Edgerton (Niagara University), Brendan Furry (Niagara University), Anthony Firriolo (Colorado College), Cameron Bartkoski (Utica College), Jared Domin (Adrian College), and Trevor Micucci (SUNY-Buffalo State).