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#24 Ben Blood
Position: Defense
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 226
Year: Senior
Hometown: Plymouth, Minn.
High School: Indiana-USHL
Major: Recreation and Tourism Studies
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Blood Videos
Ben Blood
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 08/20/2011


Named to preseason All-WCHA team in 93X (Duluth) preseason WCHA media poll.

Career: UND's active leader with 118 career games played entering the season ...Has played in 100 straight games, the longest streak among active Sioux.

2010-11 (Junior): Named to second straight All-WCHA Academic team ... Named to Athletics Director's Fall Honor Roll ... Received UND's Plus/Minus Award after leading the nation with a career-high plus-32 rating ... His plus-32 fell just short of the school record for defensemen of plus-33, set by future NHLers Matt Greene and Matt Jones in 2003-04 ... Notched a career-high 10 assists and played in all 44 games ... Logged a career-high and UND-season-high plus-5 in a 6-1 win at Michigan Tech (March 4) ... Also had a goal and an assist in that game ... Was a plus-12 over his last nine games ... Was a plus or even in 37 of 44 games ... Was a plus-2 or better 12 times ... Had one assist and was a plus-3 in UND's first-round sweep of MTU ... Earned third letter.

2009-10 (Sophomore): Named to All-WCHA Academic team ... Selected to WCHA Final Five All-Tournament team ... Appeared in all 43 games and registered career highs in points (14), goals (five) and assists (nine) ... Tied for the team goal-scoring lead among defensemen (w/ Jake Marto) ... Scored the first three power-play goals of his career ... Ranked second on the team with 96 PIM ... Named to UND's Subway Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team ... Had a goal -- the first of his career -- and an assist in the tournament finale, a 5-5 tie against top-ranked Miami (Nov. 28) ... Scored game's first goal in UND's 4-1 win over Minnesota in Game 3 of their WCHA playoff first-round series ... Was a +3 in the series opener ... Had career-best four-game point streak (five assists) from Feb. 13-26, during which time UND went 4-0-0 ... Earned second letter.

2008-09 (Freshman): Named UND's Most Improved Player ... Appeared in 31 games and topped all WCHA rookie defensemen with a +11 plus/minus rating ... Also led the Sioux in plus/minus ... Collected his first collegiate point with an assist against Michigan Tech in the opening round of the WCHA playoffs (March 13) ... Made his collegiate debut in the season opener at No. 9 Boston University (Oct. 10) at the Ice Breaker Tournament ... Earned first letter.

Before UND: Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft ... A 2007 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's ... Split the 2007-08 season with Des Moines and Indiana of the USHL ... Played in 11 games in Des Moines and collected seven assists before being traded to Indiana ... Scored 10 goals and added six assists in 46 games with Indiana ... Spent the 2006-07 season at Shattuck-St. Mary's and won a national championship ... Recorded 36 points (11g, 23a) and 144 penalty minutes in 63 games as a senior ... Appeared in 73 games for Shattuck-St. Mary's in 2005-06 and notched 25 points (3g, 22a).

Personal: Majoring in recreation and tourism studies ... Son of Mike and Carol Blood.

Blood's Career Overall Statistics:

Year   GP   G   A  PTS       PEN PPG SHG GWG  +/-
2008-09 31 0 1 1 6/12 0 0 0 +11
2009-10 43 5 9 14 44/96 3 0 0 +3
2010-11 44 2 10 12 24/48 0 0 0 +32
Totals 118 7
20
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74/156 3 0 0 +46

Blood's Career WCHA Statistics:

Year   GP   G   A PTS       PEN PPG SHG GWG  +/-
2008-09 22 0 0 0 5/10 0 0 0 +7
2009-10 28 3 7 10 30/68 1 0 0 -1
2010-11 28 1 6 7 19/38 0 0 0 +22
Totals 78 4 13 17 54/126 1 0 0 +28

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