WILMINGTON – Anders Bjork is no stranger to the University of Notre Dame. Both of his parents, Kirk and Patricia, along with two of his siblings, Brinya and Keali, attended the school.
He’ll soon be returning for his third season with the Fighting Irish.
“I’m really excited,” Bjork said at last week's Development Camp. “We have a good group, a couple of good freshmen coming in, so it’s an exciting year.”
This past year, Bjork led the team in scoring with 12 goals and 23 assists, for 35 points, in 35 games, all of which were career-high totals.
For his efforts, the Wisconsin native was named a Second Team Hockey East All-Star. Despite his impressive year, he would like to continue to improve for the 2016-17 campaign.
“Mainly [I] just want to contribute to my team as much as possible and hopefully try to pick up my offensive contribution and score a little more and be a little bit bigger threat offensively,” said Bjork. “But, yeah, just do all I can to help our team win games.”
Bjork used this Development Camp to work on some skills that he can then bring back to Notre Dame this season to try to reach his goals.
“The individual skill work we do here is really good, so I’m definitely going to try to keep working on that and just a lot of things”, said Bjork. There’s a lot of knowledge here that I can take and just the little things that coaches say. It was really helpful.”
In a press conference held at the end of the camp, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was asked to comment on what he thought about Bjork’s week.
“You can tell the guys that have been here. Grizzy [Matt Grzelcyk] has a great week and Anders [Bjork] has a great week because they’re just comfortable in what they’re doing,” said Sweeney.
“I mean they’ve played at the college hockey level for two, three, four years in some of these kids. And they’re very comfortable in their own skin and what they do.
"And in Anders’ case he gained a tremendous amount of confidence in the World Juniors last year and you can tell he’s carrying that over offensively.”
Bjork helped Team USA win a bronze medal in the 2016 World Junior Championship. Bjork scored two goals in the bronze-medal game, which was an 8-3 victory over Sweden, and was named Team USA's Player of the Game on January 4.
Sweeney echoed Bjork’s desire to improve offensively, but knows he’s in good hands at Notre Dame.
“He plays in a very tight system at Notre Dame,” said Sweeney. “So the habits away from the puck are really ingrained in him and now he’s looking to explore his offensive side.”
The 2016 Boston Bruins Development Camp was presented by AT&T.