Monday, December 27, 2010
Bjugstad, Haula to Compete in World Junior Championship
By Univ. of Minnesota
|Former Blaine star Nick Bjugstad, who is a freshman at the U of M, will be in Buffalo, N.Y. playing in the IIHF World Junior Championship. MNSO file photo.|
UPDATE -- Bjugstad nets overtime winner for U.S.
Nick Bjugstad was the hero, scoring an unassisted goal off a shot from the left circle that beat screened Finland goalie Joni Ortio through the five-hole before and trickled over the line with just 1:52 remaining in the extra session to give the U.S. a 3-2 win Sunday here at HSBC Arena.
"The puck was just sitting on the blue line and it's OT, 4-on-4, so obviously my eyes are getting a little big seeing that, so I just took it in, cut across and shot it between the defenseman's legs," Bjugstad said. "The goalie didn't really see it because it kind of trickled in." -- Click here to read the story
Minnesota freshmen Nick Bjugstad and Erik Haula will represent their respective countries at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2010 - Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Bjugstad, who is from Blaine, Minn., will represent the defending champion United States, while his Gopher teammate Haula will play for Finland. Haula, who attended high school at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., is from Pori, Finland.
Bjugstad, who is 6’4”, 204 pounds, participated in the 2010 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., this past summer and led Team USA with seven goals in seven games. He also represented the United States at the 2008 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia and at the 2009 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia. Bjugstad has two goals and two assists in 13 games for Minnesota this year. The 2010 first-round NHL draft pick by the Florida Panthers also missed five games this season with mononucleosis.
Other Minnesotans in Buffalo:
Justin Faulk played at South St. Paul, but left after his sophomore year to play at Ann Arbor. He is a 5’11 200-pound freshman defenseman at UMD.
Derek Forbort is a freshman at North Dakota. A 6’5, 200-pound defenseman who played high school hockey at Duluth East before leaving for Ann Arbor.
Brock Nelson is also a freshman at North Dakota. He's a 6’3, 185-pound forward who played his high school hockey at Warroad. Success in the family in International play: his uncle is Dave Christian who played on the Miracle on Ice team. His great uncle “Ginny” Christian won a silver medal in 1956.
Nick Leddy, 5’11, 180-pound defenseman from Eden Prairie. He played one year for the Gophers before leaving to play for the Blackhawks' organization. He is with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL).