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Anders Bjork's Post-Draft Quotes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

On his thoughts on being drafted by the Bruins…


I’m just ecstatic. It’s obviously great to be drafted by such a great organization and a successful organization and it’s just an honor.

On whether he has any connections or relationships with the team…
No, not really. Not that I can think of. I don’t know — not that I know of, no.

On the Bruins’ style of play…
Yeah, they’re obviously one of the best franchises in the NHL and they have always been one of the better teams in the NHL every year, and they’re just a great organization and they do things the right way there. I’m very happy to be a part of it.

On his style of play…
I think I’m a two-way, hard-working forward who’s responsible in all areas of the ice but also able to produce offensively.

On his experience with the national team and Under-18 team…
They’ve been great and really helped me develop my game a lot. All the people there, they just really try to help you succeed. They do whatever it takes and they taught us how to work hard, and the lifestyle, and that you got to be real disciplined in everything and it all paid off. We ended up winning the gold medal at the U18 world championships, so that was a great experience and definitely got me ready for the next level.

On what he needs to do to improve…
Just focusing on getting stronger. Just developing every area of my game, but also the physical aspect of my game needs a little bit of work, especially if I want to take my game to the next level. Just trying to be more gritty and use my body more. Just getting pucks and battling, I guess.

On players he models his game after…
Overall in the NHL, I’d say I try to play like a two-way forward. Hard-working, skilled offensively as well. Then on the Bruins, I’d say I really like watching Patrice Bergeron. He’s just an all-around good player — great offensive ability and really good hockey sense and stuff like that.

On the hockey background in his family…
My immediate family and my extended family is a big hockey family. My dad played actually at Notre Dame and then he played a little bit professionally in Europe and then in the AHL as well. My whole family plays hockey and my cousin actually plays for Ottawa. Eric Condra.

On what his hockey-playing family members have passed down to him…
Yeah, they’ve taught me a lot, especially on work ethic and perseverance. Especially — they’ve always told me it takes a lot of effort overcoming adversity, but it’s how you bounce back from that adversity that makes you stronger. So they’ve taught me a lot about perseverance and discipline, I guess.

On his natural position…
I’m primarily a wing — usually left wing. I’ve played a little right wing as well, but yeah, I’m a wing.

On playing at Notre Dame…
Yeah well, I’m looking forward to that. I’m actually a junior in high school this year, so I’m taking classes online, trying to finish up and graduate early. So there’s a few classes I’m working on, so I just got to finish those and should be set to go to Notre Dame, and I’m real excited about that. It’s a great place to play and they have great coaches and players and everything.

On whether he had a choice in the matter, given that his father went to Notre Dame…
No, I’ve always wanted to go there, so I mean, it’s been my goal to go there. So yeah, he wanted me to go there, too.

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