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Published April 19, 2011, 06:36 PM

Ben Blood Says He'll Return to UND for Senior Season

Blood, an Ottawa draftee, led the NCAA with a plus-32 as a junior.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota defenseman Ben Blood announced today that he will return to the Fighting Sioux for his senior season in 2010-11.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Blood was a fourth-round draft pick (120th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in 2007.

Blood appeared in all 44 games for the Fighting Sioux in 2010-11 and led the nation with a career-high +32 plus/minus rating. He added two goals and a career-best 10 assists for 12 points, and was the only Sioux to play in all 44 games on the blueline.

A native of Plymouth, Minn., Blood was named to his second straight All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Academic team last season.

In 118 career games, Blood has 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and is a +46. His +46 career plus/minus is the highest among active Sioux.

Blood and the Fighting Sioux went 32-9-3 overall in 2010-11, advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four and captured both the WCHA regular season and tournament championships.