Paperwork, first college classes - and of course, practice for one of the most accomplished NCAA teams in the history of college hockey.
It was all part of the first full day at Boston University for now former Rockets Hockey Club NCDC standout defenseman Jack Page. The 2001-born native of West Chester, Pa., only very recently committed to Boston University - for the second half of this very 2021-22 season.
“I started talking to BU again this year around Thanksgiving about the possibility of coming in around Christmas time,” said Page, whose first contact with Boston University had been during his final 18U season in New Jersey, prior to joining the Rockets.
“The decision to join BU here for the second semester was officially made Wednesday night [Jan. 19],” said Page. “I was originally talking with them about coming in after Christmas, but things didn't work out then. I heard back from them again on Monday the 17th about coming in for the second semester. It was then a pretty crazy process trying to get all of the information into admissions in order to get admitted before classes started today on the 20th.”
Over two seasons with the Rockets, including making the 2021 NCDC Championship Game, he played in 57 regular season games posting 32 points. He also had three assists in four playoff games last year. His upside while with the Rockets was enough to earn him a spot in the NCAA Prospects All-Star Game last year. Coaches were certainly watching.
“The coaches really like my ability to skate, especially for a guy my size,” said Page, who is 6-feet-4-inches and 194 pounds. “They also liked my hockey IQ and felt that I could step in the second semester.”
He is stepping into an NCAA program that has a history of more than 100 years, which includes five NCAA championships, 37 NCAA Tournament appearances, 22 Frozen Fours and seemingly more alumni in the NHL than galaxies in the universe.
“What interested me most about BU was the great historic program with all the BU alumni that have gone on to play in the NHL. The passion for hockey at BU is amazing, playing in games like the Beanpot,” said Page. “Outside of hockey, BU really excites me because it gives me a great education especially for what I want to major in. I also love the campus here at BU, Boston is such an amazing city.”
Page, who is majoring in Finance with plans to graduate from Boston University Questrom School of Business, first visited the campus on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue a few years back as an 18U player.
“I fell in love with the campus and the school and I knew BU was the spot I wanted to be in,” added Page.
He was also equally smitten with his two years with the team at Bridgewater Sports Arena, teh Rockets Hockey Club.
“I could not have asked for a better junior hockey experience. I loved coming to the rink every day and getting to play the game I love with all my teammates, who are some of my closest friends,” Page said. “I’m so grateful to play for Jason Kersner. I learned so much from him both inside and outside of hockey.
“I feel my game really excelled playing in the NCDC. Jason Kersner was a huge help in developing my game - not only developing my hockey IQ and skill set, but also teaching about the mental game and having a great attitude,” he added. “I learned so many things at the Rockets that I will be able to take with me through all aspects of life. I am very grateful to have played for such a great organization.”
The USPHL congratulates Jack Page, his family, the Rockets Hockey Club and Boston University for his commitment and immediate advancement!