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UND recruit named CJHL top defenseman

UND incoming freshman Jacob Bernard-Docker joined some elite company Monday afternoon.

Bernard-Docker was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League's top defenseman, earning an honor that has been won by NHL first-round draft picks Cale Makar (UMass) and Dante Fabbro (Boston University) the past two years.

Bernard-Docker beat out four other finalists for the award, which is handed to the top blue liner among the 10 Junior A leagues in Canada.

Bernard-Docker had 20 goals and 41 points in 49 regular-season games for the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

The 17-year-old previously won the W.G. Scott Memorial Trophy, which goes to the best all-around defenseman in the AJHL.

Bernard-Docker and fellow UND incoming freshman Jonny Tychonick of the British Columbia Hockey League's Penticton Vees are both candidates to go in the first- or second-round of next month's NHL Draft in Dallas.

Bernard-Docker, who shoots right-handed, was ranked as the No. 33 draft-eligible North American skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. Tychonick, who shoots left-handed, was ranked No. 36.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman 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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