(ISN) – Bjorkstrand, a 19-year-old from Herning, Denmark, amassed 27 points (15g-12a) to go along with a plus-11 rating in 10 games played during March. The reigning WHL Player of the Month for January and February recorded multiple-point outings on eight occasions, including four occasions in which he scored multiple goals to lead the Winterhawks to a 6-3-1-0 overall record in March. Bjorkstrand recorded at least one point in nine of the 10 games he played in March as well as two hat tricks.
Bjorkstrand’s performances in March saw him earn three first stars, two second star selections and two third star nods. The import forward’s efforts also propelled him to winning the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s Top Scorer with 118 points (63g-55a) in just 59 games played.
The 6’0″, 168 lb forward’s 63 goals and plus-60 rating were league bests this season. Bjorkstrand is in his third WHL season with the Winterhawks and has tallied 290 points (144g-146a) in 193 career regular season contests. The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Bjorkstrand in the third round, 89th overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Bjorkstrand’s accomplishments make him a deserving choice as the WHL Player of the Month for March.
2014-15 WHL Player of the Month
March: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
February: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
January: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
December: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers
November: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
September/October: Cole Ully, Kamloops Blazers