Dan Colleran | March 18, 2017
Notre Dame junior forward Anders Bjork has been named one of the 10 finalists for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top NCAA Division I men's hockey player.
Bjork becomes just the third player in program history to be named a top-10 finalist since the award was first given out in 1981, joining the likes of forward Dave Poulin (1982) and goaltender David Brown, who made the top 10 and finished as the runner-up in 2007.
Bjork is also one of five finalists for the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen for leadership in community service. He is just the second player to be a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award in the same season, joining Cody Reichard of Miami (2012).
Bjork has skated in 35 games this season, totaling 19 goals and 28 assists to lead the Irish in scoring with a career-high 47 points. His 47 points rank sixth in Hockey East and are tied for 11th in the country, while his 1.34 points per game average also ranks 11th nationally. He has five game-winning goals this year, which ranks tied for third in Hockey East and tied for seventh in the country. The Irish are 20-5-2 this season when he registers at least one point and 10-3-0 when he scores at least one goal.
A fifth-round pick by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft (146th overall), Bjork has posted 14 multi-point games this season, including four-point efforts against Arizona State (Oct. 8) and UConn (Oct. 28). Bjork is the first Irish player to reach the 45-point plateau since 2010-11, when T.J. Tynan had 54 points.
Bjork reached the 25-point plateau in his 15th game of the season, marking the fastest any Notre Dame player has reached 25 points in the Coach Jeff Jackson era.