Torey Krug

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Torey Krug
Torey Krug 2013-06-07 2.JPG
With the Bruins during the 2013 playoffs
Born (1991-04-12) April 12, 1991 (age 24)
Royal Oak,[1] MI, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Boston Bruins
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present
Website toreykrug.com

Torey Steven Krug (born April 12, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Undrafted, he played NCAA hockey at Michigan State University,[2] also playing for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL),[3] winning the Clark Cup with the latter, the team's first-ever title.

In 2012, Krug was named the CCHA Player of the Year,[4] and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

A product of the Belle Tire midget program in Michigan, Krug skated in 59 regular season games for the Indiana Ice of the USHL, notching 47 points. He also skated in 13 Clark Cup playoff games with seven points before capturing the championship. He was a member of the USHL All-Rookie Team and set the Indiana Ice record for points in a season by a defenseman in 2008–09.

Krug arrived at Michigan State University in the Fall of 2009, and was initially slotted as a fifth or sixth defenseman on the roster. During the 2009–10 season, Krug was voted to the CCHA's All-Rookie Team. After skating in all 38 games, he finished the season second on the team in rookie scoring and led all CCHA first-year defensemen in scoring. Krug quickly gained a reputation as one of the CCHA’s most offensive performers,[6] and in advance of his sophomore season, was elected captain of the Spartans. As a sophomore, Krug was named to the First Team All-CCHA, and was voted the CCHA's Top Offensive Defenseman (he was the CCHA's top-scoring defenseman that year). In 2011–12, he was named to the All-CCHA Team for the second time, and was named a CCHA Player of the Year and Hobey Baker Award finalist. During the season, he was the top scoring defenseman in the CCHA, and shared the CCHA conference scoring title with Notre Dame's T. J. Tynan (29 points), becoming the first defenseman in the league to win a scoring title since Western Michigan's Wayne Gagner in 1986–87.[7]

For his accomplishments with Michigan State, Krug was among collegiate hockey's most sought-after free agents when he signed with the Boston Bruins in 2012.[8]

Professional[edit]

On March 25, 2012, Krug was signed to an entry-level contract by the Boston Bruins,[9] making his NHL debut on April 3, 2012, against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[10] Appearing in two games with the Bruins, Krug finished with one assist and had an even plus-minus rating, averaging just over 17 minutes of ice time per game.

Krug spent the 2012–13 season with the Providence Bruins, where he was hampered by a sprained ankle until mid-January.[11] After being called up from Providence on an emergency basis, he scored his first NHL goal during his first Stanley Cup playoff game in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the New York Rangers,[12] becoming the first Bruins defenseman to score in his playoff debut since Glen Wesley in 1988. Krug followed this by scoring his second NHL goal during Game 2 of the same series,[13] becoming the fourth player in Bruins history to score goals in his first two playoff games.[14] At the conclusion of the series, he became the first rookie defenseman in League history to score four goals in his first five playoff games.[15]

Krug started the 2013–14 season on the Bruins' opening night roster, and scored his first regular season NHL goal on October 5, 2013, against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings. On November 25, playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he became the first rookie defenseman in Bruins history to score an overtime goal, which also proved to be his first NHL game-winning goal. Krug was frequently mentioned during the 2013–14 season as a strong contender for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's rookie of the year.[16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Krug was born on April 12, 1991, in Livonia, Michigan, the son of Cheryl and Kyle Krug. Torey's brother, Adam, played college hockey at Adrian College[19] and brother Matt played at Robert Morris University. Another brother, Zak, plays college volleyball at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.[20] Torey admires the play of Pavel Datsyuk because "he's the most well-rounded player on the ice," and models his game after teammate Zdeno Chára.[21] He calls his father his largest hockey influence.[22][23]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Indiana Ice USHL 59 10 37 47 50 13 1 6 7 13
2009–10 Michigan State University CCHA 38 3 18 21 67
2010–11 Michigan State University CCHA 38 11 17 28 59
2011–12 Michigan State University CCHA 38 12 22 34 51
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 63 13 32 45 37 7 0 3 3 2
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 1 1 0 15 4 2 6 0
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 79 14 26 40 28 12 2 8 10 6
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 78 12 27 39 20
NHL totals 160 26 55 81 48 27 6 10 16 6

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2009-10
All-CCHA First Team 2010-11 [24][25][26]
All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 2010-11 [27]
All-CCHA First Team 2011-12 [28]
All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 2011-12
CCHA Player of the Year 2011-12 [4]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Torey Krug Bio". Michigan State Official Athletic Site. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  3. ^ Torey Krug | Indiana Ice
  4. ^ a b "KRUG EARNS CCHA TOP HONORS". Michigan State. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Hobey Baker Award Committee Announces the 2012 Top Ten Finalists | Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation
  6. ^ Neil's Notebook: Krug's Leadership, Play Impressive - Michigan State Official Athletic Site
  7. ^ MSU hockey Spartans top Notre Dame, earn a bye , NCAA D1 , College Hockey (United States) , College/University Hockey , Hockey Forum - The Hockey Network
  8. ^ Torey Krug continues to bring the magic to Bruins’ defense corps - Sports - The Boston Globe
  9. ^ Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
  10. ^ Torey Krug to make NHL debut - bruins blog - Boston Globe hockey news
  11. ^ BRUINS NOTEBOOK: Rookie Torey Krug benefited from mid-season break - Fall River, MA - The Herald News
  12. ^ Skillful performance by Torey Krug, Bruins - Touching All the Bases - Boston.com
  13. ^ Bruins Blueliner Krug Comes Through in Stanley Cup Playoff Debut | Bleacher Report
  14. ^ Game 3 preview: Bruins at Rangers - bruins blog - Boston Globe hockey news
  15. ^ 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes | Sports Talk Florida
  16. ^ "Five NHL rookies you should be watching". USAToday. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  17. ^ http://thehockeywriters.com/torey-krug-early-frontrunner-rookie-year/
  18. ^ "Ranking the 10 greatest rookie seasons in Bruins history". bleacherreport.com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  19. ^ Eliteprospects.com - Adam Krug
  20. ^ Krug content with role as Walleye enforcer - Toledo Blade
  21. ^ Man of the Day 3/28: Torey Krug | Adventures in Pucking
  22. ^ Torey Krug Could Be a Perfect Fit for Bruins: Fan's Take - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
  23. ^ Fee, Gayle (July 8, 2013). "Krug picks up his ring". Boston Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  24. ^ College notes: Ferris State hockey seniors enjoy All-CCHA honors after passing up NHL options - MLive.com
  25. ^ Hagelin, Merrill on All-CCHA Teams; Burlon Takes Honorable Mention - MGOBLUE.COM - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site
  26. ^ College Hockey News: Miami, Ferris State Lead CCHA Honors
  27. ^ Krug, Nill Among Major Award Winners at CCHA Awards Show - Michigan State Official Athletic Site
  28. ^ NMU's Gron, Florek named All-CCHA : Sports : UpperMichigansSource.com

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Erik Gustafsson
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2010-11
2011-12
Succeeded by
Jacob Trouba
Preceded by
Andy Miele
CCHA Player of the Year
2011-12
Succeeded by
Austin Czarnik