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MEN'S HOCKEY: Roseau’s Bjugson commits to BSU

Cole Bjugson watched Bemidji State play on Saturday night and noticed something familiar.

“I’m big on working hard and taking care of my own zone first,” said Bjugson, a senior defenseman at Roseau High School. “That’s how they play. So, I thought it would be a good fit.”

Bjugson will soon be one of those hard-working, defense-first Bemidji State blue liners. He committed to play for the Beavers while on his visit Saturday night, likely starting in the fall of 2015.

“I got a tour of the rink and the campus and watched them play Ferris State,” Bjugson said. “They are a hard-working, blue-collar team. I felt comfortable with the coaches. I felt like it was a good fit for me.”

Despite being a defense-first blue liner, Bjugson has piled up the points in his final year at Roseau. In 19 games, he has nine goals, 32 assists and 41 points, making him one of the state’s top defenseman scorers.

Bjugson played in the Minnesota high school elite league in the fall and also had interest from Air Force and Yale, but he hadn’t communicated much with those schools lately. Bemidji State stayed on Bjugson, though.

Next season, Bjugson will likely play in the United States Hockey League. The Fargo Force own his rights.

Then, it will be on to Bemidji State.

“I like how everyone there feels like they are part of the BSU family,” he said. “The alumni were there when I was there. It was pretty cool to see all those guys and how passionate they still are about the program.”

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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