Torey KrugTorey Krug born April 12, 1991 is a professional ice hockey player currently playing defense for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Krug played NCAA hockey with the Michigan State Spartans and for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League where he helped the team to its first ever Clark Cup. In 2012, Krug was named the CCHA Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

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 7 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 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, Krug 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, 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 Krug 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 this season, Krug 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 WMU's Wayne Gagner in 1986-87.

For his accomplishments with Michigan State, Krug was among the country’s most sought-after free agents when he signed with the Bruins in 2012. On March 25, 2012 Krug was signed to an entry level contract by the Boston Bruins and made his NHL debut on April 3, 2012 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Appearing in two games with the Bruins, Krug finished with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus; averaging just over 17 minutes of ice time per game with the Bruins.

During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs after being called up from Providence on an emergency basis Krug scored his first NHL goal during his first NHL playoff game, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers,[11] 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, becoming the fourth player in Bruins history to score goals in his first two playoff games. At the conclusion of the Rangers series, Krug became the first rookie defenseman in the history of the NHL to score four goals in his first five playoff games.

Krug started the 2013-14 NHL season on the Bruins starting lineup, and scored his first regular season NHL goal on October 5, 2013 against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings. On November 25th, playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Torey Krug 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 13-14 season as a strong contender for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Fun Facts:

Started the season on an NHL roster for the 1st time in his career
Became the 1st rookie defenseman in team history to score an OT goal when he tallied on 11/25 vs. Pittsburgh (courtesy Elias)
Scored his 14th goal of the season 3/15 vs. Carolina which is the 3rd-most goals by a rookie defenseman in team history

Career Regular Season Statistics

Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2008-2009 Indiana Ice-USHL 59 10 37 47 3 50 4 0 1 93 10.8
2009-2010 Michigan State Spartans-CCHA 38 3 18 21   67 1 0 2    
2010-2011 Michigan State Spartans-CCHA 38 11 17 28   59 7 0 2    
2011-2012 Bruins 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0
2011-2012 Michigan State Spartans-CCHA 38 12 22 34   51 7 0 3    
2012-2013 Bruins 1 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2012-2013 Providence Bruins-AHL 63 13 32 45 0 37 5 0 3 147 8.8
2013-2014 Bruins 79 14 26 40 18 28 6 0 2 183 7.7
  NHL Totals 82 14 28 42 17 28 6 0 2 186 7.5

 

Career Playoff Statistics

Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2008-2009 Indiana Ice-USHL 13 1 6 7 11 13 0 0 1 17 5.9
2012-2013 Bruins 15 4 2 6  5 0 3 0 0  24 11.8
2012-2013 Providence Bruins-AHL 7 0 3 3  -1 2 0 0 0  26 0.0
2013-2014 Bruins 12 2 8 10 -2 6 1 0 0 28 7.1
  NHL Totals 27 6 10 16 3 6 4 0 0 62 9.7

 

Awards and Honours

2009-10 All-CCHA Rookie Team
2010-11 All-CCHA First Team
2010-11 All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2011-12 All-CCHA First Team
2011-12 All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2011-12 CCHA Player of the Year 

 


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