Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, a proud member of the North American Hockey League, would like to congratulate Liam O’Hare on his commitment to play Division III hockey for Tufts University. O’Hare becomes the fifth Jackalopes player to commit this season.
O’Hare, 20, is in his second season in the NAHL. He has played in 65 NAHL games all of which have been with the Jacks. Before reaching the NAHL, O’Hare played for the New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U AAA team in the AYHL (24GP, 4G, 17A) and NAPHL (6GP, 2G, 10A). The Barcelona, ESP native played for Spain U20 (WJC-20 D2B/D2A) from 2016-19 (12GP, 2G, 5A). He won a Gold Medal in 2017-18 with Spain (U18/U20) at the WJC (D2B). In 2017-18, O’Hare also played 24 games (7G, 16A) for the Ontario Hockey Academy U18 (HEO). Last season with Odessa, O’Hare played 37 games and finished with ten points (3G, 7A). The 5’8”/170lb. left-handed forward has played 28 games this season and has recorded 14 points (4G, 10A). He was also selected for the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament but was unable to play due to an injury. O’Hare had the longest point streak of his NAHL career this season. He accumulated eight points (1G, 7A) during his six-game point streak (Sep. 25 – Dec. 16, 2021).
Tufts is in Medford, MA. The Jumbos are a member of the New England Small Collegiate Athletic Conference (NESCAC). They began their first season back in 1917-18. They play all their home games at the Malden Valley Forum. Pat Norton has been their Head Coach since 2015. They have been a member of the NESCAC since 2001-02.
O’Hare had this to say about his decision to sign with Tufts, “I’m really excited to attend Tufts University next fall. I think it’s a great place to continue my hockey and academic career. Playing in Odessa has been a great yet toughening experience. We obviously went through some hardship the previous year and coming back to make a notable improvement as a team is something I’ll definitely take with me.” O’Hare went on to add, “I am really grateful for all the lifelong friendships I’ve made here, and a special thanks to all the staff and front office.”
Head Coach Scott Deur stated this regarding O’Hare’s commitment, “Liam is going to a great University, and we are really looking forward to seeing him succeed at the college level.”
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