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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Paul Bjorklund (Inducted 1990)

Paul Bjorklund Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Luncheon, July 28, 1990.
 
      Paul Bjorklund was one of the top Otter hockey players in the 1970s and scored 51 goals in his career from 1975 through 1978. The '78 Otters logged a 20-2-1 record and advanced to the Section 8 finals, losing to powerful Roseau and the Broten brothers. Bjorklund then played hockey at Concordia College in Moorhead.
      He played right wing for the Otters and added 38 career assists to his 51 goals in the late 1970s. For several years the 51 goals stood as an Otter record. Bjorklund's success in the late 1970s set the stage for Otter hockey performers in the 1980s.
      Hockey awards and honors also came his way. Bjorklund was named to the first team Section 8 hockey squad in 1978 and was alternate captain the same year. In the spring he was a member of the Fergus Falls High School tennis squad, as a participant in doubles competition.
      Following graduation from Fergus Falls High School, Bjorklund enrolled at Concordia where he played right wing for the Cobber hockey team from 1978 through 1982. The 5-9 175-pound athlete was MIAC (Conference) Honorable Mention in 1980 and was named to the first team (MIAC) in 1982. He was the leading scorer for Concordia in 1982 with 40 points and scored the most short-handed goals (six). During his college career he scored 12 short-handed goals.
      During his freshman season at Concordia (1978-79) the Cobbers were runners-up in the NAIA national hockey tournament and the team also participated in the same tourney the following year. During his junior season Concordia took fourth place in the NCAA Division II tournament.
      Bjorklund worked as an assistant hockey coach at Concordia for the 1983-84 season. He is currently a reservations sales agent for Northwest Airlines, residing in Federal Way, Washington. He and his wife, Diane, have a daughter, Alisha.
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