Torey Krug

Torey Krug
Krug with the Boston Bruins during the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals
Born (1991-04-12) April 12, 1991
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Boston Bruins
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012present
Website toreykrug.com

Torey Krug (born April 12, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Being 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

Amateur

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

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] In the 2013 postseason, Krug impressed by scoring 4 goals and recording 6 assists.

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] He was named to the NHL's All Rookie Team and was the top scoring rookie defenseman in the league and was 4th in the league in the goals amongst rookies. His 14 goals and 26 assists helped the Bruins win the Presidents' Trophy, with the league's best record. Krug ended the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs with 10 points in 12 games.

In the 2014–15 Boston Bruins season, Krug tallied 12 goals and 27 assists and recorded a +28 plus-minus, the best of his career. The following season, he produced 44 points off of 4 goals and a career-high 40 assists.

On June 30, 2016, he re-signed a four-year deal worth an AAV of $5.25M with the Bruins.[17] Krug ended the 2016–17 season ranking second among the team in assists and sixth in total points.[18] In late April, Krug underwent surgery to repair a right shoulder injury and was expected to need six months to recover.[18] Krug recovered enough to participate in the 2017 preseason but was injured in his second exhibition game, forcing him to miss the Bruins season opener.[19]

While playing in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Krug was injured during Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and was later ruled out for the rest of the series.[20]

Personal life

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[21] and brother Matt played at Robert Morris University and Wayne State University. Another brother, Zak, plays college volleyball at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.[22] Torey admired the play of former Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk because "he's the most well-rounded player on the ice," and models his game after teammate Zdeno Chára.[23] He calls his father his largest hockey influence.[24][25]

Krug graduated with a degree in Political Science in May, 2017 from Michigan State.[26] He originally enrolled within the school's Finance program, but switched majors to Pre-Law after claiming he didn't enjoy the content.[27] Krug was forced to switch programs again after signing with Boston due to the mandatory courses in Law not being available online, leading him towards Political Science.[28] He completed his remaining 38 credits online during the NHL off-season over the course of the next five years.[28][27]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Indiana Ice USHL 5910374750 1316713
2009–10 Michigan State University CCHA 383182167
2010–11 Michigan State University CCHA 3811172859
2011–12 Michigan State University CCHA 3812223451
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 20110
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 6313324537 70332
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 10110 154260
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 7914264028 1228106
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 7812273920
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 814404433
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 818435137
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 7614455936 1139128
NHL totals 398 52 183 235 154 38 9 19 28 14
Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
2015 Czech Republic

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 United States WC 10 2 3 5 8
Senior totals 10 2 3 5 8

Awards and achievements

Award Year
College
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2009–10
All-CCHA First Team 2010–11 [29][30][31]
All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 2010–11 [32]
All-CCHA First Team 2011–12 [33]
All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 2011–12
CCHA Player of the Year 2011–12 [4]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2011–12
Hobey Baker Award finalist 2011-12 5
NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy 2013
Presidents' Trophy (Best Regular Season record) 2014
NHL All-Rookie Team 2014

References

  1. "Torey Krug Bio". Michigan State Official Athletic Site. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  2. Torey Krug | Indiana Ice Archived February 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. 1 2 "KRUG EARNS CCHA TOP HONORS". Michigan State. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  4. Hobey Baker Award Committee Announces the 2012 Top Ten Finalists | Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Neil's Notebook: Krug's Leadership, Play Impressive – Michigan State Official Athletic Site
  6. MSU hockey Spartans top Notre Dame, earn a bye , NCAA D1 , College Hockey (United States) , College/University Hockey , Hockey Forum – The Hockey Network
  7. Torey Krug continues to bring the magic to Bruins’ defense corps – Sports – The Boston Globe
  8. Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
  9. Torey Krug to make NHL debut – bruins blog – Boston Globe hockey news
  10. BRUINS NOTEBOOK: Rookie Torey Krug benefited from mid-season break – Fall River, MA – The Herald News
  11. Skillful performance by Torey Krug, Bruins – Touching All the Bases – Boston.com
  12. Bruins Blueliner Krug Comes Through in Stanley Cup Playoff Debut | Bleacher Report
  13. Shinzawa, Fluto (May 21, 2013). "Game 3 preview: Bruins at Rangers". boston.com. New York. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  14. 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes | Sports Talk Florida
  15. "Ranking the 10 greatest rookie seasons in Bruins history". bleacherreport.com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  16. "Bruins Sign Defenseman Torey Krug To Four-Year Contract Worth $5.25 Million Annually". NHL.com. June 30, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  17. 1 2 "Beleskey, Krejci and Krug Undergo Successful Surgeries". NHL.com. May 3, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  18. Russo, Eric (October 7, 2017). "Krug Returns to Practice as Full Participant". NHL.com. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  19. Rosen, Dan (May 5, 2018). "Krug out rest of series for Bruins, starting with Game 5 vs. Lightning". NHL.com. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  20. Eliteprospects.com – Adam Krug
  21. Krug content with role as Walleye enforcer – Toledo Blade
  22. Man of the Day 3/28: Torey Krug | Adventures in Pucking
  23. Torey Krug Could Be a Perfect Fit for Bruins: Fan's Take – NHL – Yahoo! Sports
  24. Fee, Gayle (July 8, 2013). "Krug picks up his ring". Boston Herald. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  25. Dolloff, Matt (May 5, 2017). "Torey Krug Officially Completes College Degree From Michigan State". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  26. 1 2 Krug, Torey (December 17, 2015). "Working Towards Graduation While Playing in the NHL". NHL.com. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  27. 1 2 Russo, Eric (May 5, 2017). "Krug Graduates from Michigan State". NHL.com. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  28. College notes: Ferris State hockey seniors enjoy All-CCHA honors after passing up NHL options – MLive.com
  29. Hagelin, Merrill on All-CCHA Teams; Burlon Takes Honorable Mention – MGOBLUE.COM – University of Michigan Official Athletic Site
  30. College Hockey News: Miami, Ferris State Lead CCHA Honors
  31. Krug, Nill Among Major Award Winners at CCHA Awards Show – Michigan State Official Athletic Site
  32. NMU's Gron, Florek named All-CCHA : Sports : UpperMichigansSource.com Archived May 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
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
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