#10 Anders Bjork
IN THE PROS
â€¢ Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins (May 30), beginning with the 2017-2018 season.
AS A JUNIOR
â€¢Â Opened the season by scoring two goals and adding an assist in Notre Dame’s 9-2 win over Arizona State (Oct. 7).
â€¢Â The next night against the Sun Devils, posted a career-high four points on two goals and two assists.
â€¢Â Had the game-winning goal on both wins over Arizona State and was named the Hockey East Player of the Week for his seven-point weekend (Oct. 10).
â€¢Â Scored a highlight reel goal at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 14) when he beat the defense and finished with a high wrist shot for his fifth goal of the season.
â€¢Â Had a pair of assists in Notre Dame’s 3-1 win at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 15).
â€¢Â Posted his second four-point game of the season in Notre Dame’s 6-2 win over UConn (Oct. 28), including two goals and two assists.
â€¢Â Finished October with 16 points (7-9-17) and was named the Hockey East Player of the Month.
â€¢ Had a goal and two assists to lead Notre Dame past Holy Cross, 5-3, in the opening round of the Shillelagh Tournament (Nov. 25).Â
â€¢Â Had two third-period goals in Notre Dame’s 5-4 loss at UMass (Dec. 2).
â€¢Â Scored two goals, including the shorthanded game-winning tally, in Notre Dame’s comeback win, 3-2, over then No. 3/4 Boston College (Dec. 10).
â€¢ Was named the Hockey East Player of the Week on Dec. 12 following his performance against the Eagles.
â€¢Â Notched two assists in Notre Dame’s 5-0 win over Alaska (Dec. 31) and then added a goal and an assist in the 4-0 game two win over the Nanooks (Jan. 1) for a four-point weekend.
â€¢Â Scored the third-period game winner in Notre Dame’s 2-1 win at Merrimack (Jan. 13).
â€¢Â Bjork reached the 25-point plateau in his 15th game of the season, the fastest a Notre Dame player has reached 25 points under head coach Jeff Jackson.
â€¢Â Had a goal and an assist in Notre Dame’s 6-4 loss at Boston College (Jan. 28).
â€¢Â Missed game one (Feb. 3) of the Vermont series due to illness, but returned to the lineup for game two (Feb. 4).
â€¢Â Named one of five finalists for the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award (Feb. 2).
â€¢ Had an unassisted goal to put the Irish up 2-0 in an eventual 3-2 victory over Maine (Feb. 10).
â€¢Â Notched a shorthanded goal and a power-play tally in the third period to lift the Irish to a 4-1 win over 10th-ranked Providence (Feb. 17).
â€¢Â Had an assist in the 3-3 tie versus Providence (Feb. 18) to reach 100-career points, becoming the 51st player in program history to notch at least 100 career points.
â€¢Â Bjork, who is part of the fourth father-son duo to play at Notre Dame, joins his father, Kirt, as the first father-son tandem to each register 100 career points at Notre Dame (Kirt was a 1983 All-American who totaled 161 points onÂ 76 goals and 85 assists).
â€¢Â Notched two assists in Notre Dame’s 5-2 game two win over Providence in the Hockey East quarterfinals (March 11).
â€¢ The Irish are 22-5-2 when Bjork registers at least one point (1-6-3 when he does not and is in the lineup, 0-0-1 when he is out of the lineup).Â
â€¢Â Named a Top Ten Hobey Baker Finalist (March 15) and a First Team Hockey East All-Star (March 16).
â€¢Â Scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, to lift Notre Dame past Minnesota, 3-2, in the first round of the NCAA Championship (March 25).
â€¢Â Bjork’s sixÂ game-winning goals are the most by a Notre Dame player since 2010-11, when Anders Lee had seven.
â€¢Â Notched his first career three-assist game in the 3-2 NCAA Northeast Regional victory over UMass Lowell, with all three being primary assists (March 26).
â€¢Â Named the Northeast Regional’s Most Outstanding Player.
â€¢ Finished the season with 21 goals and 31 assists to combine for a total of 52 points.
â€¢ Named a Second Team East CCM/AHCA All-American, joining his father, Kirt, on the exclusive list thus becoming the only father-son duo to earn All-American recognition while skating for the Irish and one of five father-son combinations to earn All-American honors.
â€¢ Recognized as an ARMY ROTC Three Stars Award winner.
â€¢ Received the Community Champion Award at the Outstanding Student-Athletes Celebrating Achievement & Recognition Showcase.
â€¢ Recognized by the Monogram Club as a co-Most Valuable Player for the 2016-2017 season.
â€¢ Received the Compton Family Leadership in Service Award from the Notre Dame Monogram Club.
â€¢ Named the Offensive Player of the Year for the Irish.
â€¢ Added to the roster to competeÂ for Team USA in the 2017 Men’s World Championships.
AS A SOPHOMORE
â€¢ Named a Second Team Hockey East All-Star.
â€¢ Played in 35 games and led the team in scoring with 35 points on 12 goals and 23 assists, all of which were career-high totals.Â
â€¢ Had three power-play goals (all in Hockey East play) and finished the season with a team-best +28 rating.Â
â€¢ His +28 rating ranked second among Hockey East skaters and tied for 11th in the country.
â€¢ In 22 Hockey East games, posted eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points.
â€¢ Finished the season withÂ seven multi-point games on the season, including scoring a goal and adding an assists in Notre Dame’s 3-2 overtime loss to Michigan in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal.Â
â€¢ ScoredÂ two goals in Notre Dame’s 5-1 win over UMass on Dec. 5.
â€¢ Notched a goal and two assists in wins over Minnesota (Nov. 6) and Merrimack (Jan. 15-16).
â€¢ Strung together a career-long, 10-game point streak from Nov. 28 — Jan. 23 (7-8-15).Â
â€¢ Missed the Denver series (Jan. 1-2) while playing for Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championship.
â€¢ He helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal, netting a pair of goals in the 8-3 bronze medal game win over Sweden en route to being named Team USA’s Player of the Game (Jan. 4).
â€¢ He became the fifth Notre Dame player to earn a medal at the event, joining Mario Lucia (gold in 2013), Kyle Palmieri (gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011), Kyle Lawson (bronze in 2007) and Ben Simon (silver in 1997).
AS A FRESHMAN
â€¢ Skated in 41 of the team’s 42 games and registered 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists.
â€¢ His 15 assists ranked fifth on the team, while his 22 points ranked sixth.
â€¢ Notched one power-play goal and one short-handed tally.
â€¢ Had 14 penalty minutes and blocked 18 shots.
â€¢ NotchedÂ two assists in Notre Dame’s 5-3 win over Lake Superior State (Oct. 17), marking his first career points in an Irish uniform.
â€¢ Scored his first career goal in Notre Dame’s 7-0 win over Niagara (Oct. 25).
â€¢ Registered 17 of his 22 points over the final 19 games of the season, including a six-game point streak (Jan. 31 – Feb. 20) in which he scored three goals and added six assists for nine points.
â€¢ Recorded 14 points (5-9-14) in 22 Hockey East games, which ranked ninth among the league’s freshmen.
â€¢ Had five points (1-4-5) in six playoff games.
â€¢ Selected in the fifth round, 146th overall, by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
WITH USA HOCKEY
â€¢ Spent two seasons (2012-14) with USA Hockey’s National Team Developmental Program.
â€¢ With the Under-17 team in 2012-13, scored 12 goals and added 12 assists for 24 points in 56 games.
â€¢ Played on third-place teams at the Five Nations Tournament and the World Under-17 Challenge.
â€¢ With the Under-18 team (2013-14), was sixth in scoring with 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 61 games.
â€¢ Chipped in with four power-play goals and five game winners.
â€¢ Participated in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game in September 2013.
â€¢ Was aÂ member of the gold-medal winning Under-18 team in April 2014.
â€¢ Among 42 invitees to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp that was held in August 2014.
â€¢ Named toÂ Team USA for the 2016 World Junior Championship.
â€¢ Helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal, netting a pair of goals in the 8-3 bronze medal game win over Sweden en route to being named Team USA’s Player of the Game (Jan. 4).
PREP & PERSONAL
â€¢ Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while playing for the National Developmental Program.
â€¢ AÂ product of the Chicago Mission Midget Minor team that advanced to the Tier 1 National semifinals.
â€¢ HisÂ full name is Anderson Patrick Bjork and he is the son of Kirt and Patricia Bjork.
â€¢ Kirt wasÂ a 1983 All-American hockey player for Notre Dame and he currently serves as a director of regional development at Notre Dame.
â€¢ PatriciaÂ is a 1982 Notre Dame graduate.
â€¢ He hasÂ two older sisters, Brinya and Keali, and a younger brother, Brady.
â€¢ Brinya is a 2012 Notre Dame grad and Keali graduated in 2015.
â€¢ Brady is a junior at Culver Academy where he plays hockey.
â€¢ Enrolled in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.
Goals:Â 2 (8x – vs. Minnesota 3/25/17)
Assists: 3 (vs. UMass LowellÂ 3/26/17)
Points: 4 (2x – vs. UConnÂ 10/28/16)
Multi-Point Games: 25
Point Streak:10 games (Nov. 28 – Jan. 23, 2016; 7-8-15)