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Nick Bjugstad
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Born July 17, 1992 (1992-07-17) (age 26)
Blaine, Minnesota
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Florida Panthers
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
Playing career 2013–present

Nick Bjugstad (born Nicholas Jay Bjugstad on July 17, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Panthers in the first round (19th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

During the summer of 2008, Nick turned down an invitation to train with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program out of a sense of loyalty to his high school teammates. He finished up his high school career with Blaine High School in 2010 after helping to bring the school to three consecutive Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournaments. He was named Mr. Hockey in 2009–10.

While in high school, Nick accelerated his schooling by taking summer classes and online courses which enabled him to graduate a year earlier than expected.

He began his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota in 2010 playing for the Golden Gophers, where he totaled 54 goals and 44 assists during his three years while the team won two WCHA championships.

Nick left the Gophers after his junior season, signing a three-year entry-level deal with the Florida Panthers on April 3, 2013.

He immediately joined the last-placed Panthers end to the 2012–13 season and scored his first NHL goal against Anders Lindback in Florida's season finale victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 27, 2013.

Nick led the Panthers in points with 38 and third in goals with 16 during the 2013–14 season where he spent the majority of the season on the team's first line.

On December 31, 2014, Nick signed a six-year contract extension with the Panthers worth $24.6 million.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Blaine High School MNHS 16 10 17 27
2008–09 Blaine High School MNHS 25 26 25 51 20
2009–10 Blaine High School MNHS 25 29 31 60 24 5 6 3 9 2
2010–11 University of Minnesota WCHA 29 8 12 20 51
2011–12 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 25 17 42 28
2012–13 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 21 15 36 28
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 11 1 0 1 2
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 76 16 22 38 16
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 72 24 19 43 38
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 67 15 19 34 41 5 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 226 56 60 116 97 5 2 2 4 2
Medal record
Competitor for United States USA
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
Bronze 2013 Sweden/Finland
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2011 USA

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WJC Template:Brca 6 2 2 4 0
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 4 2 6 0
2013 United States WC Template:Brca 10 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 12 6 4 10 0
Senior totals 10 0 2 2 0

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
Minnesota Mr. Hockey 2009–10
All-WCHA First Team 2011–12
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2011–12
All-WCHA Third Team 2012–13

Personal LifeEdit

Nick's father, Mike, played Division-III hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire while his uncle Scott Bjugstad played at the University of Minnesota before going on to play in the NHL where he spent a portion of his professional career with the Minnesota North Stars.

During the 2013–14 season, Nick completed his class work to graduate with a degree in Business Marketing from the University of Minnesota.