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Major League Ultimate has announced that Cody Bjorklund of the Portland Stags has won the Scoring Title for the 2016 MLU season. Bjorklund scored 57 points on 16 goals and 41 assists during the Stags’ regular season 9-1 campaign.
The 5’11”, 28 year old handler out of Springfield, OR is in his fourth year with the Stags, having lead them to a third consecutive year on top of the Western Conference standings. In the Stags’ Western Conference Championship victory over the Seattle Rainmakers, Bjorklund tallied 2 goals and an assist on just 12 points played.
Bjorklund’s scoring title caps off an impressive 2016 season, one that saw the Portland handler set a new high mark for assists on the season with 41 (the previous record of 35 had been held by former Nighthawk Morgan Hibbert) on his way to becoming the first player in the MLU to record 100 career assists (ending the season with 114).
Bjorklund’s 57 points ties him with Chris Mazur (2013) for the third-highest scoring total in a season. Trailing well behind Bjorklund for the title were Brad Houser of the Rainmakers (45 points on 29 goals, 16 assists), Billy Sickles of the Philadelphia Spinners (41 points on 24 goals, 17 assists), Bjorklund’s Stags teammate Raphy Hayes (41 points on 18 goals, 23 assists), and Matt Glazer of the Spinners (38 points on 25 goals, 13 assists).
This is Bjorklund’s first scoring title, but he has been in the running each year of his career. As a rookie in 2013, Bjorklund was 10th in the league with 41 points, followed by a 8th place finish in 2014 with 40 points. In 2015, in which Bjorklund played much of the season with a broken hand, his 51 points was good enough for a third place first.
Bjorklund has the opportunity to bring the first ever MLU Championship to the West Coast if he can lead Stags can defeat the Philadelphia Spinners at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania on July 16.