Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 12 Days
Item Sent: 1985-86 7-11 Minnesota North Stars, 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee
Item Received: 1985-86 7-11 Minnesota North Stars, 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee. Both signed in black ballpoint.
Scott Bjugstad was an incredible high school and college hockey player. For one year, he looked like an incredible NHL player, too. In his four years with the Gophers, he was a Hobey Baker runner-up, a WCHA scoring champion, and played on two Final Four teams. Bjugstad stayed in Minnesota and made his debut for the North Stars late in the 1983-84 season. During his 1984-85 rookie season he played in 72 games but scored just 15 points. His 43 goal, 33 assist sophomore NHL season in 1985-86 was unexpected, to say the least. It should be noted that he spent the majority of that year playing on a line with Neal Broten and Dino Ciccarelli. That's not to diminish what Bjugstad accomplished that year, but it is a great example of being in the right place at the right time. Unfortunately, injuries hampered Bjugstad for the rest of his career and he never came close to repeating his magical '86. He is back in the Minnesota hockey limelight now by association. His nephew Nick Bjugstad is a superstar for the University of Minnesota and is a surefire NHL prospect, a 2010 first-round pick of the Florida Panthers.