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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.

His Rams, who also feature UND commit Zach Yon, open up the Section 8AA tournament at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night against River Lakes. Bjugson is expected to return from injury for that game.

“We want to win it,” Bjugson said of the section tournament. “I think this is our year. We’ve been waiting a while for this. We’ve got to take one game at a time, though.”

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 11th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2014, he was named one of the top three beat writers 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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