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When Nick Bjugstad, the former Blaine High School graduate and Gopher turned Florida Panthers rookie centerman, took to the ice ahead of his first National Hockey League game last April, he noticed a familiar face warming up across the rink in fellow Blaine graduate, Matt Hendricks, then playing with the Washington Capitals.

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A day after signing a pro contract to play for the NHL’s Florida Panthers, Blaine graduate (Class of 2008) Nick Bjugstad shares his thoughts on how his collegiate career came to an end, the last three years in a Gophers sweater and looking ahead to a lifelong dream of playing in the National Hockey League.

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