St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies have added another player from Minnesota to their roster of recruits with the commitment of 18-year-old Roseau native Thor Byfuglien. Byfuglien announced his commitment via Twitter on October 27, posting “I am extremely honored and excited to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at St. Cloud State University. I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for helping me get to where I am today. ”
Byfuglien, a 5’9″ 146-pound left-shooting defenseman is currently playing for the Chicago Steel, the defending USHL Clark Cup champions. He has appeared in 7 of 10 of the teams’ games posting one assist. He was originally drafted by the Steel in the 5th round of the 2019 USHL Futures draft after posting 45 points in 50 games as a bantam and subsequently by the Steel in the 10th round of the 2021 USHL Entry Draft.
He’s been a two-year regular for Roseau High School and was 6th in scoring on the team as a 16-year-old sophomore in 2019-20 with 4 goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 22 games. In 2020-21 he increased his production finishing the season 4th in team scoring with 9 goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 19 games. He also appeared in 10 games for the St. Cloud Norsemen of the NAHL with one goal in 10 games.
Byfuglien has a smart, well-rounded game with a calm demeanor back at the blueline. He has good anticipation, instincts, good hands, and transitions the puck well. He’s a good puck mover and has the ability to inject offense into his game. At 5’9″ and 146 pounds he still has some physical maturity and growth ahead of him. He is the cousin of 15 year NHL player Dustin Byfuglien.
It appears Byfuglien will head back to Roseau High School to re-join the Rams for his 2021-22 senior season.
Most likely, you can expect him to hit the ice in St. Cloud in the 2023-24 or 2024-25 season after some additional time in junior hockey.