B.J. Young was born July 23, 1977 in Anchorage, Alaska. The fifth choice, 157th overall selection of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Young is a graduate of the AAHL who went on to play four seasons in the WHL with stops in Tri-City and Red Deer.
A WHL East First Team All-Star in 1997, Young made his professional debut in 1997-98 with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings. An offensively gifted forward, Young spent two seasons in Adirondack and before joining the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 1999-00. Even though he spent the majority of the season in the AHL, Young went on to play his first NHL game with the Red Wings during the season.
After parts of two seasons in Cincinnati, Young joined the WCHL's Anchorage Aces in 2001-02 and has spent the past two seasons playing for his hometown.