Anders Bjork leaves Notre Dame hockey for Bruins

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Notre Dame junior forward Anders Bjork has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins, the team announced on Tuesday.

Bjork, a fifth-round pick by the Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft (146th pick overall), posted a career-high 52 points on 21 goals and 31 assists to lead the team in scoring as a junior and was a second-team East CCM/AHCA All-American and first-team Hockey East selection.

"This was a difficult decision, because Notre Dame is such a special place," Bjork said. "I am ready for the next step in my hockey career and am excited for the opportunity to join the Boston Bruins organization.

"It is also important to me, my family, and my Notre Dame coaches that I finish earning my degree from the university so I will continue to work toward that goal as well."

"We are excited Anders is getting the opportunity to realize his dream of playing in the National Hockey League," Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. "Anders is a great young man who has worked very hard to make himself into a great hockey player. I am proud of him and happy for him."

Bjork's 52 points tied for fourth in Hockey East, tied for ninth in the country. He scored six game-winning goals.

Notre Dame was 22-5-2 this season when he registered a point and 11-3-0 when he scored at least one goal. In Bjork's first two games of the NCAA Tournament, he scored twice against top-seeded Minnesota and assisted on all three goals in a 3-2 overtime win over UMass Lowell. He was named the NCAA Northeast Regional Most Outstanding Player for the effort.

Notre Dame’s Anders Bjork (10) shoots during the Boston College at Notre Dame hockey game in Compton Family Ice Arena Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA