Future Bemidji State forward participates in Stars’ development camp

Future Bemidji State forward participates in Stars’ development camp
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Future Bemidji State forward participates in Stars’ development camp

DALLAS – Future Bemidji State University forward Hampus Sjodahl (SHOW-dawl) is among 30 of the Dallas Stars’ top prospects this week, participating in the National Hockey League organization’s development camp in Frisco, Texas.

This week’s camp, which begins today, includes on-ice coaching and skills sessions as well as off-ice testing, strength training and other activities with the culminating event being an intra-squad scrimmage set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sjodahl is a two-year veteran of the North American Hockey League and the Odessa Jackalopes. He finished the 2015-16 regular season as the NAHL’s second-leading goal scorer with 35 goals and was the third-leading scorer overall with 69 points (35g-34a) in 60 games played. Sjodahl established himself as one of the Jackalopes’ all-time greats as his 35 goals and 69 points are both franchise single-season records. He also received team MVP and leading scorer awards. The native of Sweden had a big month of March as he racked up 15 points (9g-6a) in 10 games played to earn NAHL Forward of the Month laurels. A member of the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, Sjodahl recorded a season-best 11-game point streak Feb. 5-March 11, posting 17 points (10g-7a). Sjodahl also registered 21 multi-point games, including one hat trick. A proven finisher, Sjodahl had a .215 shot percentage to go with three shorthanded goals and three game-winners. He was also the Jackalopes’ leader on the man advantage with 23 points (11g-12a). His 11 power-play goals ranked third in the NAHL. Following the season Sjodahl was named to the All-NAHL Team and was the South Division MVP/Forward of the Year and a member of the All-South Division Team. 

Sjodahl finished his two-year NAHL career with 103 points on 54 goals and 49 assists in 115 games played.

Sjodahl is one of 23 players with ties to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association participating in development camps across the NHL. The Dallas camp features many of the top players in the organization, including Rhett Gardner of the University of North Dakota, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Michael Prapavessis, brother of former BSU blueliner Matt Prapavessis, and the Stars’ recent No. 1 draft pick Riley Tufte, a native of Coon Rapids, Minn., who played for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League in 2015-16.

The Beavers open the 2016-17 season Oct. 7-8 when they host Bowling Green State University at Sanford Center. The WCHA series offers the Beavers a rematch of a 2016 WCHA Playoff series versus the Falcons, which ended BSU’s season. Both games are set to start at 7:07 p.m.

For more information on the Stars’ Development Camp, visit stars.nhl.com.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).