North Iowa defenseman Bump makes NCAA commitment
The North Iowa Bulls, proud members of the NA3HL, are excited to announce that defenseman Connor Bump has been recruited and accepted an opportunity with the UW-Stout Blue Devils NCAA Division III hockey team.
Bump, from Prior Lake, Minnesota played two years for the North Iowa Bulls where he carried the reputation as a rough and tumble character who could separate you from the puck with his physical play.
In 81 career regular season games for the Bulls, Bump recorded 9 goals and 39 assists for 48 points while maintaining a +72 rating and 231 PIMS.
The playoffs were when Bump elevated his play. In 14 NA3HL playoff contests Connor scored 6 goals and added 8 assists for a point per game average. In the 2016 NA3HL Silver Cup National Championship Tournament he scored 4 goals and had two assists and was the Bulls third leading point producer at the tournament. Another distinction Connor holds is scoring the first goal of the game in the 2015 USA Hockey National Championship game which the Bulls won 2-1.
"Connor is one of those players that shows up at the most critical times. He is there when you need him. We will miss his leadership, as one of our captains this year, Connor kept things in order in the locker room and on the ice where he demanded a team first attitude," said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.
Connor joins current Blue Devil recruits from the Bulls, Tommi Ahlgren and Austin Jackson for the 2016-17 season. The North Iowa Bulls thank Connor for his dedication and wish him the best as he pursues his academic and hockey development at UW-Stout.