Bjork Signs With Boston, Forgoes Senior Year at ND

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May 30, 2017
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Notre Dame junior forward Anders Bjork has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins. A fifth-round pick by Boston in the 2014 NHL Draft (146th overall), Bjork posted a career-high 52 points on 21 goals and 31 assists as a junior while leading the Irish to the 2017 Frozen Four.

“We are excited Anders is getting the opportunity to realize his dream of playing in the National Hockey League,” Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. “He has promised to complete his degree at Notre Dame, which has been another dream of his. Anders is a great young man who has worked very hard to make himself into a great hockey player. I am proud of him and happy for him.”

“This was a difficult decision because Notre Dame is such a special place,” Bjork said. “I am ready for the next step in my hockey career and am excited for the opportunity to join the Boston Bruins organization. It is also important to me, my family, and my Notre Dame coaches that I finish earning my degree from the University so I will continue to work towards that goal as well.”

Bjork played 39 games in 2016-17, totaling 21 goals and 31 assists to lead the Irish in scoring. His 52 points tied for fourth in Hockey East and tied for ninth in the country. He scored six game-winning goals this year, which tied for second in Hockey East and tied for fourth in the country.

In Notre Dame’s first two games of the 2017 NCAA Championship in Manchester, New Hampshire, Bjork led the Irish with a two-goal performance against No. 1 seed Minnesota, including the game-winning goal, and had the primary assist on all three goals in a 3-2 overtime win over Mass.-Lowell. He had five points on the weekend and was named the NCAA Northeast Regional …

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