ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Ryan O’Rourke to a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2021-22 season.
O’Rourke, 18, has collected seven points (1-6=7), a plus-3 rating and 26 PIM in 28 games with the Iowa Wild this season. The 6-foot, 178-pound native of Pickering, Ontario, ranks T-1st in plus/minus rating and second in scoring among rookie defensemen on the team. He served as team captain for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2019-20 and recorded 37 points (7-30=37) in 54 games. O’Rourke led the team with a plus-16 rating and 79 PIM and ranked fifth in assists. He recorded 59 points (15-44=59), a plus-24 rating, 143 PIM and 172 shots on goal in 116 games during two seasons with the Greyhounds. O’Rourke was selected by Minnesota in the second round (38th overall) in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
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