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#USPHLCommitments: Talented Blueliner O’Rourke To NCAA D-III Westfield State Commitment

By Matt Mackinder /

Bryce O’Rourke came to the Metro Jets last summer already with USPHL experience under his belt.

Over the course of the 2022-23 season, the Royal Oak, Mich., native developed his game to be attractive to college scouts, making his recent commitment to NCAA Division III Westfield State University a dream come true.

Westfield State is located in Westfield, Mass., about 100 miles southeast of Boston.

Former Jets standouts David Chavis, Kam Limburg and Pearce Vance have played for the Owls in recent years.

“The opportunity to play hockey at Westfield State University came about through a combination of hard work, dedication, and playing for the Jets,” O’Rourke said. “As a hockey player, I’ve always dreamt of playing at the collegiate level, and I put in countless hours of training and competing to make that dream a reality. What made the opportunity even more special was the rich hockey history at Westfield State. Learning that former Jets players had also come through the program was incredibly inspiring.”

O’Rourke, who just turned 21 on May 28, is elated at the possibilities that await him at Westfield State.

“With a strong work ethic and a team-oriented mindset, I aim to adapt, learn, and make a positive impact, both on and off the ice,” said O’Rourke. “In terms of my major, I am still exploring different academic paths and taking advantage of the resources at Westfield State to find what best suits my goals. Overall, I am excited about joining the team and the academic environment, and I look forward to discovering my role on the ice and selecting a major that will shape my future .

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