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High-school sports: Athletes of the week

The Blue Jackets have signed forward Oliver Bjorkstrand – their third-round pick in 2013 – to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Bjorkstrand has 25 goals, 31 assists and a plus-21 rating in 32 games with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-0, 169 pound wing ranks fourth in the WHL in goals and scoring.

The Blue Jackets selected him with the 89th overall pick.

“Oliver Bjorkstrand is a talented player with a tremendous work ethic, and we believe he has an extremely bright future,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement released by the club. He is enjoying a breakout season in the WHL this year, and is one of a group of young players in our organization that we are very excited about.”

Bjorkstrand, 18, is from Herning, Denmark. His country did not qualify for the IIHF World Junior Championships – currently being held in Stockholm, Sweden – but Denmark won the Division 1 Group A tournament held earlier this month in Sanok, Poland, earning them a spot in next year’s tournament.

In the Division 1 Group A tournament, Bjorkstrand had four goals and two assists and was named the tournament’s “outstanding forward” after Denmark went 5-0 in the tournament.

— Aaron Portzline


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