Bulls All-Decade Nominees: Day 2

May 25, 2021

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He wasn’t the most dynamic blueliner ever for the Bulls, but in terms of heady leaders, they haven’t come much better than “Bernie.” The native of Apple Valley, Minnesota went to the final weekend of the 2015-16 season before scoring his first junior goal, and totaled 32 points over his first two seasons as a Bull. His third season ended with 10 goals and 36 assists, the highest mark among North Iowa defensemen that year, and the Central Division’s Defenseman of the Year award. His 66 assists, 78 points and +143 plus/minus rating are all North Iowa career defensive records. To date, Bernhardson has played 12 NCAA Division III games at Concordia-Moorhead, but is still hunting for his first point.


In two seasons with the Bulls, Connor never ran across an opponent worth backing down from. Bump quickly became a fan favorite, dropping the gloves seven times on the way to a North Iowa-record 231 penalty minutes. 134 of those came in the 2014-15 season alone, but it was all worth it, notching 48 career points and helping the Bulls snag back-to-back national titles in 2015 and ’16. He played 14 games for Wisconsin-Stout, registering one point and nothing more severe than a two-minute infraction.


Andrew wasn’t the flashiest player to ever patrol the North Iowa blue line – nor the highest scorer – but he immediately gained a following as one of the hardest-working Bulls on the ice. Halama bookended his junior career with 10-point seasons in 2011-12 and 2013-14, and tossed in an 18-point campaign in 2012-13, helping to bring Mason City its first national junior hockey championship since 1989. Appearing in 97 regular-season contests, he ranks behind only Shane Bernhardson among North Iowa blueliners in that category.


Chancie became one of a handful of decorated Alaskans on the North Iowa roster, helping the Bulls earn back-to-back Silver Cups in 2013 and ’14. The son of an NCAA Division I standout at Colorado College, Hanson notched 10 points in 2012-13 in helping the Bulls earn their first national title, before tacking on 33 more the following season. Hanson would land a spot on the roster at NCAA Division III St. John’s, but did not play for the Johnnies.


North Iowa raised the Silver Cup in 2016 in the same season that Josh got his first taste of junior hockey, racking up 62 points for the Casper Coyotes in the Western States Hockey League – he and the Bulls joined forces that summer and Arnold became an immediate hit on the North Iowa ice. He would post nearly a point a game in the 2016-17 season, notching 41 points in 42 games on the way to another Silver Cup tournament appearance, and his 68 points the following season made him one of only 11 Bulls to ever post 50 goals and 50 assists in a career.


A product of the Academy of Holy Angels program in the Twin Cities, Marshall was never the most prolific goal-scorer for the Bulls. He never had to be, though – Barnes immediately made his presence known upon joining the North Iowa organization, posting 69 points in 2015-16 on his way to a Silver Cup national championship. After leading the league in assists with 56, and earning the Central Division Rookie of the Year award, he did more of the same the following year with 74 points. That mark led the team, and earned him the Central Division MVP award. To date, Barnes has played 44 games for NCAA Division III Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, posting six career points as a Cobber.


Even the most well-built plane needs a good pilot to get it off the ground – Eric Behrend immediately took the reins as the Bulls looked to get off the ground at the start of their inaugural 2011-12 season. After an outstanding senior season at Waunakee High School in Wisconsin, Behrend notched 37 points in 44 games in the Bulls’ opening campaign, and tied for the team goal-scoring lead with 18. His 64 points the following year ranked fourth on the roster, helping North Iowa earn its first national championship. His two goals and two assists in the Silver Cup title game helped the Bulls set a league record for the most lopsided championship game in 3HL history. He would play two seasons of junior-college hockey at Williston State, totaling 18 points.


If the last name looks familiar, it should – Tyler and older brother Connor never got to tag-team as Bulls bash brothers, but the younger Bump became one of the most prolific scorers in North Iowa history. After coming out of Prior Lake High School and landing an NAHL roster spot with the Minnesota Magicians, Bump came to North Iowa in a midseason move during the 2016-17 campaign. His goal-a-game pace and 24 points in just 16 outings electrified the North Iowa crowd, but he truly flourished the following season with 85 points, earning a spot on the 3HL’s Second Team and earning the Central Division MVP award. His 1.787 points-per-game average ranks fourth in team history. He has spent the last three seasons at NCAA Division III St. Olaf College, notching 14 career points.


Joe became the true shining example of the hometown kid making it big for the Bulls, after a four-year run of high school hockey for the Mason City Mohawks. “Burgy” racked up an unreal 230 points for the Mohawks in the Midwest High School Hockey League, including 38 as a freshman, before joining the Bulls in 2014. He notched an impressive 55 points in his debut junior season, and his third-period winner sent North Iowa past the Northern Cyclones in the 2015 USA Hockey national title game. After a semester as a student at the University of Iowa, Burgmeier returned to post 42 more points and a dozen in the postseason, picking up a Central Division leadership award and another national championship. He spent four years at NCAA Division III Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, including two as a captain, notching a total of 27 points.


Connor became one of several vaunted North Iowa players to come out of the Prior Lake High School program at the middle of the Bulls’ “Decade of Dominance,” and he immediately made his mark in front of the North Iowa faithful. “Clem” notched 65 points in 2016-17, starting his junior career as the Bulls’ second-leading scorer. His eight postseason goals got the team back to the Silver Cup tournament for the fifth straight season, and he also earned the Central Division’s Rookie of the Year award for his efforts. The following year, he added 54 more points in addition to a four-game stretch in the NAHL for the Minnesota Magicians, finishing as a top-10 career scorer for the Bulls. After scoring a single point for Wisconsin-River Falls, Clemons took his talents to Gustavus Adolphus and notched 23 points the following year.