Brock Boeser (Elsa/Getty Images)
Brock Boeser finished third in NCAA scoring and helped the University of North Dakota to a national title, but his best work of the season may have come away from the rink. Boeser accepted an invitation to prom from Baylee Bjorge, a huge fan of his who was born with Down syndrome.
Baylee Bjorge is a big fan of Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser and the University of North Dakota’s hockey teams, so much so that she created a Twitter account with one of the sole purposes being to ask Boeser to attend prom with her.
However, according to the Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Elliott Schlossman, when Boeser went to reply and tell Bjorge, who was born with Down syndrome, he would accept the invitation, the UND star couldn’t respond because the account had been deactivated. Bjorge’s mother, Katie Marcotte, told Schlossman that she had shut down her daughter’s account because she doesn’t like Bjorge using social media.
But Boeser wasn’t about to give up on being Bjorge’s date to the prom. According to Schlossman, Boeser found a way to get Marcotte’s number and sent her a message asking if he could take her daughter to prom.
Hilariously, though, Marcotte knew little about Boeser and had to ask her son about the 19-year-old college hockey player asking Bjorge to the prom. Marcotte’s son, a hockey player himself, had the scoop and told Marcotte that Boeser is one of the best players in entire country. That’s hard to argue after Boeser finished third in NCAA scoring with 27 goals and 60 points in 42 games, which was capped off with a four-point night in the NCAA championship as North Dakota won their first national title since 2000.
Schlossman reported that Bjorge, who was on vacation in Florida when Boeser got in contact with her mother, wasn’t planning on going to prom. She is now, though, and that’s all thanks to Boeser. She found her dress and, as of Friday, she’ll be back in Grand Forks to walk with Boeser at Grand Forks Central’s prom Saturday night.
This won’t be the first time a UND hockey player has stepped up for Bjorge. Colten St. Clair attended a graduation party for her last year, bringing an autographed jersey as a gift, according to Schlossman. The men’s hockey program has a history of kind gestures in the community like Boeser’s over the past couple of seasons, too. In May 2015, then-UND goaltender Zane McIntyre attended prom with Shayla Miller, who was born with hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and Goldenhar Syndrome.