Nov. 2, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Tied for the national lead in points (16) after one month of play, Notre Dame junior forward Anders Bjork has been named the Hockey East Player of the Month for October.
Bjork, who is now tied for the national points lead lead with Union’s Mike Vecchione, has seven goals and nine assists on the season. Bjork’s nine assists are also tied for first in the nation, while his seven goals rank fourth.
In addition to averaging 2.00 points per game in October, Bjork had a team-high +7 rating, scored two power-play goals and also had two game-winning goals.
Bjork, a 2014 fifth-round pick of the Boston Bruins, has only been held without a point in one of Notre Dame’s eight games in the month and posted four multi-point games, including four-point games against Arizona State (Oct. 8) and UConn (Oct. 28). He also had two key assists in Notre Dame’s 3-1 win at currently top-ranked Minnesota Duluth on October 15.
A native of Mequon, Wisconsin, Bjork now has 73 career points on 26 goals and 47 assists in 84 games. His father, Kirt, was an All-American at Notre Dame during the 1982-83 campaign. Kirt posted 161 points (76 goals and 85 assists) in 141 career games for the Irish.
Bjork and the ninth-ranked Irish will have this weekend off before heading out on the road for a weekend Hockey East series at Northeastern (Nov. 12-13).
Hockey East Monthly Award Winners — October, 2017
Warrior Hockey Player of the Month – Anders Bjork, Notre Dame
Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month – Patrick Grasso, New Hampshire
Stop It Goaltending Co-Goaltender of the Month – Jake Oettinger, BU
Stop It Goaltending Co-Goaltender of the Month – Stefanos Lekkas, UVM
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).