The North Iowa Bulls, proud members of the NA3HL, are excited to announce that defenseman Connor Bump has accepted an opportunity with the UW-Stout Blue Devils NCAA D3 hockey team. Bump, from Prior Lake, Minn., played two years for the North Iowa Bulls and carried the reputation as a rough and tumble character who could separate opponents from the puck with crunching body checks, and bloody your nose if you took things too far with him or his teammates. 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 penalty minutes.
Bump elevated his play in the playoffs – 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 four goals and had two assists, and was the Bulls third-leading point producer at the tournament. One of Bump's most memorable goals came in the 2015 USA Hockey national championship game against the Northern Cyclones, giving the Bulls their initial lead in a 2-1 win.
"Connor is one of those players that shows up at the most critical times," says Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. "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."
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.