By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – As the Minotauros seventh season draws near it is time to start meeting the players heading to Minot for training camp. Camp opens September 3rd and the pre-season opens on September 9th against the Bismarck Bobcats at the Maysa Arena. We continue meeting the team with rookie forward Brady Bjork.
The 18 year-old Bjork comes from a long hockey tradition, his father Kirt, brother Anders, and cousin Erik Condra have all played for the University of Notre Dame, where Brady has already committed to play his college hockey as well. The left-handed centerman has played a lot of hockey over the last five years including three midget seasons and two high school seasons. In total he has 133 games posting 40 goals and 90 assists.
Cory McCracken, Bjork’s high school coach at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, WI, described Bjork, “He’s got a really unique sense about his awareness on the ice. His hockey sense is really, really high end. His puck skills and playmaking ability are really on the high end. He’s going to have a really successful career playing hockey beyond high school. Obviously, there is some room for him to grow in the game”
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager, Marty Murray, was naturally excited to have another NCAA DI talent coming to Minot, “Brady is joining us after a strong season at Notre Dame Academy and Team Wisconsin. A very skilled player that can score and and is already committed to Notre Dame where his brother starred. We are looking forward to rounding out his game, and having him being a scoring threat day in/day out.”
Offense has come easy for Bjork of late, he posted 24 goals and 47 assists in 49 high school games between Notre Dame Academy and Team Wisconsin last season. Tauros’ scout Cory Lonke compared Bjork to “Nate Pionk but a better skater.”
Come back tomorrow when we will meet third round draft pick Landyn Cochrane. Do not miss your chance to see Bjork and all of the Tauros in action for the first time September 9th at 7:35 at the Maysa Arena when the Bismarck Bobcats come to Minot to open the pre-season.