A shockwave went through the Twitter universe Monday afternoon when a false report surfaced that Nick Bjugstad was going to return to the Gophers for his junior season. Bjugstad, however, hasn't decided and won't decide until he's done with Florida Panthers' training camp.
Gophers sophomore center Nick Bjugstad is still unsure if he'll return to the Gophers for his junior season or go pro, according to the Star Tribune. Bjugstad, who led the Gophers with 25 goals last season, is expected to make a decision after the semester ends in mid May.
Goaltender Kent Patterson and forward Nick Bjugstad were named second-team All-Americans on Friday. Patterson, a senior, started every game for the Gophers this season. Bjugstad, a sophomore, finished second on the team with 42 points.
Minnesota-Duluth captain Jack Connolly was named WCHA Player of the Year Thursday. He received 48 of 96 first place votes. Gophers' forward Nick Bjugstad and goalie Kent Patterson were named to the All-WCHA First Team.
The Gophers trailed Nebraska-Omaha in the third period before Nick Bjugstad's team-leading 23rd goal of the season tied the game 2-2. Minnesota traded punches with the Mavericks over the rest of the period, but at the 1:46 mark of overtime, Gophers' winger Jake Parenteau buried one in the back of the net for the game-winner.
The Gopher men’s hockey team pounded Bemidji State 3-0 at Mariucci Arena tonight. Zach Budish scored the first two goals and Nick Bjugstad added his team leading 22nd goal of the season. For goalie Kent Patterson, it was his seventh shutout of the season.
The Gophers men's hockey team is No. 1in the nation in more than the polls. Nick Bjugstad leads the WCHA with 21 goals -- good for second best in the country. Meanwhile, Kyle Rau leads all freshman in scoring, and goaltender Kent Patterson leads the nation in minutes.
Three Gophers are among 77 candidates for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the nations top college hockey player. Goalie Kent Patterson, forward Nick Bjugstad, and forward Kyle Rau made the list. The candidates will eventually be trimmed to three, with the winner being named April 6.
Gophers' forward Nick Bjugstad had a hat trick and two assists to help lead Team USA over Latvia in the relegation round of the World Junior Championships. Kyle Rau also scored in the blowout. The U.S. plays in the seventh place game against Switzerland on Wednesday.
Gophers' forward Nick Bjugstad says his undisclosed injury isn't serious and he expects to play for Team USA at the World Junior Championships. Bjugstad sustained an injury December 10th at Michigan Tech. He says he is day-to-day but will play in the third exhibition game Friday and "definitely be ready" for the opening game of the World Junior Championships December 26.
Golden Gophers' forward Nick Bjugstad may not play for Team USA in the upcoming World Junior Championships. Bjugstad injured his shoulder December 10th in Minnesota's win over Michigan Tech. He's been wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey during practice. Team USA head coach Dean Blais says Bjugstad won't play unless he's 100-percent healthy.
Gophers forwards Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau have been invited to the U.S. team pre-tournament camp for the World Junior Championships. If they make the team they’ll play for the World Junior title starting the day after Christmas.