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|1981 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 181 overall by Minnesota North Stars
June 2, 1961
Height: 6-1 Weight: 180
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)
Hometown: New Brighton, Minnesota
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Minnesota High School All-State First Team: 1978-79 (Irondale)
Minnesota North Suburban Conf. All-Star First Team: 1976-77, 1977-78,
U.S. High School Soccer All-America First Team:
Irondale Records: Most career goals (80), most
points in one season (80 in 1978-79), most points in one period (6), most
consecutive games with at least one goal (10 in 1978-79), most career hat
tricks (11), most goals by a forward in one state tournament (6 in 1979)
Miscellaneous: Not selected in 1980 NHL Entry Draft despite being
eligible. ... Attended Irondale High School in New Brighton, Minn., before
entering University of Minnesota. ... Played on line with Mike Bjugstad and
Bill Healy for Irondale in 1978-79. ... Also played varsity soccer and tennis
at Irondale High School. ... Played on line with Jeff Teal and Brad Doshan
for Minnesota in 1980-81.
| Debut: February 20, 1984 (Los Angeles at
Numbers: 14 (Minnesota); 27
(Pittsburgh); 8 (Los Angeles)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Minnesota, Pitt., L.A.||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||Minnesota, Los Angeles||9
AWARDS AND HONORS
Minnesota KSTP-Radio Trophy (Most Improved): 1985-86
Minnesota/Dallas Records: Most hat tricks in one season (3 in
1985-86, shares record)
Miscellaneous: Signed with Minnesota for balance of 1983-84 season after
competing in 1984 Winter Olympics. ... Broke nose in his first NHL game. ...
Began playing left wing upon his arrival in Minnesota, while also playing
center on occasion. ... Played left wing on line with Neal Broten and Dino
Ciccarelli for Minnesota in 1985-86. ... Set Minnesota single-season record
(since broken) for goals by a left wing with 43 in 1985-86. ... Missed remainder of 1986-87 season
with pulled abdominal muscle, an injury suffered during Minnesota's March
15, 1987, game at Chicago. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with separated
shoulder, an injury suffered during Minnesota's Oct. 31, 1987, game vs.
Washington. ... Missed most of 1987-88 season with torn ligament in right
knee, an injury suffered in December 1987. He came back from the injury to
play six more games, but then re-aggravated the injury during a Minnesota
practice in February 1988. The re-aggravated injury required season-ending
surgery on March 1, 1988. ... Missed start of 1988-89 season with strained
ligaments in left knee, suffered during Minnesota's training camp in
September 1988. ... Suspended by Pittsburgh on March 10, 1989, for refusing
to report to Muskegon (IHL) three days after being demoted from Penguins.
The suspension ended his season and he was later released after threatening
to retire. ... Signed with Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent in
August 1989. ... Missed parts of 1989-90 season with groin injury, suffered
in October 1989, and with sprained knee, an injury suffered in April 1990.
... Missed parts of 1990-91 season with sprained left knee, an injury
suffered during Los Angeles' Dec. 20, 1990, game at Calgary, and with broken
nose, an injury suffered during Los Angeles' Jan. 22, 1991, game at
Edmonton. ... Missed remainder of 1991-92 season and entire 1992 playoffs
with torn abdominal muscle, an injury suffered in early March 1992. The
injury, which required surgery during the summer of 1992, ended his NHL
Minnesota (WCHA); Team USA; Salt Lake (CHL); Springfield (AHL); Geneva
(Switzerland); Kalamazoo (IHL);
New Haven (AHL); Phoenix (IHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Minn. H.S. Class 2A Championship:
1999-00 (Blaine) (head coach)
league) Coach of Year: 1996 (Minnesota)
WCHA All-Star First Team: 1982-83 (Minnesota)
Minnesota Mariucci Award (MVP): 1982-83
WCHA Points Leader (League Games Only): 1982-83 (Minn.) (56)
Coaching Career: Named Minnesota (RHI, InLine league) head coach
prior to 1996 season and remained in that position through 1996 season. ...
Was Blaine (Minn. H.S.) head coach during late 1990s.
Education: Majored in business at
the University of Minnesota.
Miscellaneous: Competed in 1981, 1982
and 1983 U.S. National Sports Festivals. ... Was Minnesota
alternate captain in 1982-83. ... Was finalist for 1982-83 Hobey Baker
Award. ... Active in charitable causes during his playing days,
including work with Special Olympics in Minneapolis. ... Founded
Hockey Camps after his retirement. ... Named one of the 50 greatest
players in University of Minnesota hockey history as part of "Legends on
Ice" tribute in 2001.
Full name is Barry Scott Bjugstad. ... Husband of former Minnesota Vikings
cheerleader Lori Kmetz Bjugstad. ... Older brother of former Minnesota high
school player Mike Bjugstad.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Minnesota traded Bjugstad and Gord Dineen to Pittsburgh in exchange for
Ville Siren and Steve Gotaas on December 17, 1988.||
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