2010-11: Anders Bjork played for the Chicago Mission’s bantam major AAA team. In 31 games he scored 10 goals with 11 assists and 8 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Bjork skated for the Chicago Mission U16 team that reached the 2012 USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament semifinals. In 28 games he scored 14 goals with 9 assists and 8 penalty minutes. Bjork attended USA Hockey’s 2012 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp in March and was invited to join the program for 2012-13.
2012-13: Bjork played for the NTDP’s U17 team in his first season in Ann Arbor. He scored 12 goals with 12 assists and had 48 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games. Bjork scored 3 goals with 2 assists in four games as the USA finished first in the 2012 Four Nations tournament in Switzerland. He had 1 assist in six games for the third-place USA squad at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge in Quebec and had 2 goals and 1 assist in four games as the USA finished third in the 2013 FIve Nations Tournament in Finland. Bjork committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame, where his father Kirt played in the 1980’s, in 2014-15.
2013-14: Bjork returned to Ann Arbor for his second season — playing for the NTDP’s U18 team — and was part of the USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the 2014 U18 World Juniors in Finland. In 47 games with the NTDP squad he scored 17 goals with 17 assists and had 6 penalty minutes. Bjork scored 2 goals and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. The USA defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2, in the gold medal game. Bjork played in the 2013 USA Hockey/CCM All-American Prospects game. He was ranked 86th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Boston in the fifth round (146th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Bjork is strong on both ends of the ice and has above average offensive skills and an ability to read the play. While not as big as many of the young forward prospects of his age group, he displays the strength and high level of conditioning frequently associated with players who have come through the USA NTDP program. He should continue to develop during his college career as he matures physically and continues to compete in Hockey East.
Bjork has made a smooth transition from junior hockey to the college level as a freshman at Notre Dame in 2014-15. A regular in the Fighting Irish lineup, he should only get better as he progresses through his college career. Long-term Bjork projects as a solid middle line forward who will play a responsible game in all three zones and provide secondary scoring.