Anders Bjork (ice hockey)

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Anders Bjork
Anders Bjork.jpg
Born (1996-08-05) August 5, 1996 (age 22)
Mequon, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Boston Bruins
National team  United States
NHL Draft 146th overall, 2014
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2017–present

Anderson Patrick Bjork (born August 5, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey left wing currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bjork was selected 146th overall by the Bruins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Bjork played college hockey at Notre Dame in the Hockey East from 2014 to 2017. In 2016–17, Bjork was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, marking him as one of the ten best players in men's college hockey;[1] he was also named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star,[2] and was a co-winner of the Hockey East Three-Stars Award.[3]

At the completion of his junior season with the Fighting Irish, Bjork concluded his collegiate career in signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins on May 30, 2017.[4]

Bjork's NHL career started with the 2017–18 Boston Bruins' first game, a 4–3 home ice victory over the Nashville Predators, when he scored an assist on fellow Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk's first-ever NHL goal, for his first point as an NHL player.[5] Bjork's first NHL goal came in the fourth game of the season on the road against the Arizona Coyotes, as the final goal of a 6–2 road win for the Bruins.[6]

On January 30, 2018, during a home-ice game agaianst the visiting Anaheim Ducks, Bjork suffered a season-ending left shoulder injury – he underwent a successful arthroscopy and labral repair three weeks later, and was expected to take six months to fully heal from the surgical repair.[7]

Personal[edit]

Before Notre Dame, Anders grew up in Mequon, Wisconsin, where he attended Lumen Christi Catholic School. He went to high school at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI, when he moved there to play for the U.S Development Program. Anders comes from a long line of Notre Dame alums, his 2 sisters Brinya and Keali are Notre Dame alums, along with his parents Kirt, who played hockey there, and his mom Patricia.[8] During college Anders was enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business. He has a younger brother, Brady, who has committed to play hockey at University of Notre Dame in the future.

Career statistics[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Finland
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2014 Finland
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Drummondville/Victoriaville, Quebec

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 38 8 7 15 28
2013–14 U.S. National Development Team USHL 26 9 12 21 0
2014–15 Notre Dame HE 41 7 15 22 14
2015–16 Notre Dame HE 35 12 23 35 8
2016–17 Notre Dame HE 39 21 31 52 16
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 30 4 8 12 6
2017–18 Providence Bruins AHL 9 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 30 4 8 12 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States U17 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 8
2014 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 0 2 4
2016 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 0 3 0
2017 United States WC 5th 5 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 20 5 1 6 12
Senior totals 5 0 0 0 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
HE Second All-Star Team 2016
HE First All-Star Team 2017
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2016–17 [9]
Hobey Baker Award (Finalist) 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA hockey: Hobey Baker Memorial Award announces top 10 finalists". March 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Hockey East Honors 2016–17 All-Star Teams". March 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hockey East announces award winners". Hockey East. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Bruins sign forward Anders Bjork to entry-level contract". Boston Bruins. 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  5. ^ Kalman, Matt (October 5, 2017). "Bruins defeat Predators in season opener". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ Russo, Eric (October 15, 2017). "Bjork Tallies First NHL Goal in Arizona". nhl.com/bruins. Boston Bruins. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Conor (February 22, 2018). "Anders Bjork injury: Boston Bruins rookie forward to miss rest of the season due to shoulder surgery". masslive.com. MassLive. Retrieved May 29, 2018. The Boston Bruins released an update on the 21-year-old forward Thursday, announcing that the rookie underwent a successful left shoulder arthroscopy and labral repair on February 20 at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a result of the procedure, Bjork is expected to be out for six months...Bjork suffered the injury during a loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 30, exiting the game after just 2:43 of time on ice after taking a crosscheck from Francois Beauchemin. 
  8. ^ John Heisler (April 7, 2017). "The Bjorks: Hockey Is the Family Business". und.com. 
  9. ^ "2016–2017 All-American Team". The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kevin Boyle
Hockey East Three-Stars Award
2016–17
(shared with Clayton Keller and Tyler Kelleher)
Succeeded by
Adam Gaudette