BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, May 30, that the team has signed forward Anders Bjork to a three-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Bjork served as an alternate captain for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2016-17, finishing the year with 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points - all career highs - with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound forward helped lead Notre Dame to a Frozen Four appearance for the first time since 2011. At the conclusion of the season, Bjork was selected to the Hockey East First All-Star Team and was named a Hobey Baker Award (NCAA Top Collegiate Player) finalist. As a sophomore in 2015-16, the forward was selected to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team after posting 12 goals and 23 assists for a team-high 35 points with eight penalty minutes and a career-high plus-28 rating in 35 games. Bjork appeared in 41 games with Notre Dame as a freshman in 2014-15, tallying seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points with 14 penalty minutes.
Prior to attending Notre Dame, Bjork spent two seasons in Ann Arbor, Michigan with the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2012-14, skating in 117 games and compiling 33 goals and 32 assists for 65 points with 58 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating.
Bjork represented the United States in international play on four separate occasions. Most recently, Bjork was selected to play with Team USA at the 2017 IIHF Men's World Championships, where he appeared in five games. At the Under-20 World Junior Championships in 2016, Bjork skated in seven games, posting three goals with a plus-five rating, en route to earning a bronze medal. At the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2014, he skated in seven games, tallying two goals with a plus-four rating as the United States won the gold medal. Bjork first represented his country at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in 2013, where he appeared in six games and notched one assist, earning a bronze medal with Team USA.
The Mequon, Wisconsin native was selected by the Bruins in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.