Jan. 19, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Junior forward Anders Bjork has been named one of 15 nominees for the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian award, which is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen.
Heading into this weekend’s series with New Hampshire, Bjork has 35 points on 15 goals and 20 assists in 23 games this season. His 35 points rank third in Hockey East and are tied for fifth in the country, while his five game-winning goals are tied for the NCAA lead. He is averaging 1.52 points-per game, which ranks third in Hockey East and eighth in the country.
But Bjork’s efforts off the ice have made even more of a difference, especially just a few blocks south of campus at the Perley Fine Arts Academy in South Bend.
A fifth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, Bjork has posted 11 multi-point games this season, including four-point games against Arizona State (Oct. 8) and UConn (Oct. 28). He has been held without a point in just five of Notre Dame’s 23 games this season (one of which was the 0-0, two-period tie at Northeastern on Nov. 13) and the Irish are 13-4-1 on the season when he notches at least one point.
A native of Mequon, Wisconsin, Bjork has 92 career points on 34 goals and 58 assists. His father, Kirt, was an All-American at Notre Dame following the 1982-83 campaign. Kirt posted 161 points (76 goals and 85 assists) in 141 career games for the Irish.
Each year, the Hockey Humanitarian Foundation recognizes a student-athletes who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team, but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism. The nominees hail from all across college hockey, including men’s and women’s players from Division I, II and III.
The 2017 Hockey Humanitarian finalists will be announced in February and then the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award recipient will be recognized in a ceremony on Friday, April 7, at the Frozen Four, which is being hosted by the University of Notre Dame and the Chicago Sports Commission at the United Center in Chicago.
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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).