A girls hockey workshop at the Westfield Rink drew 55 players this week.

WESTFIELD, NJ – There weren’t many opportunities available for girls to play hockey when she grew up in the town, but that didn’t stop her.

Rebecca Morse, who plays for the Metropolitan Riveters, a part of the National Women’s Hockey League, is pleased to see that the sport has become more accessible in her hometown, particularly for girls.

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“The biggest thing is that there’s a girls hockey team,” Morse told TAPinto Westfield. “When I was growing up, that didn’t even exist, and not only is there a team, but it is so well received.”

On Monday, Morse led a workshop for 55 Westfield girls held at the Westfield Rink and organized by the Westfield Hockey Club.

Morse, now a resident of Roselle, noted that hockey can be a tough sport to get into for those who don’t have the resources.

So she was surprised to learn that not only does the town have a girls hockey team, which is in its third year, the team has developed both a varsity and a junior varsity division.

“To see it grow in that short amount of time from one team to two is great, especially in the sport of hockey,” Morse said.

Morse, who splits her time between playing hockey and her fulltime job in professional marketing, said she and her teammates hope to grow women’s professional hockey so that players in future years can sustain themselves on a hockey salary.

“The game, as we know it now, it’s not something that’s comparable to men’s professional hockey, so we need to grow it at the grassroots level to get it there,” Morse said.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh