The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Player of the Year in 2012, this 5-foot-9 defenseman professional knows the game of hockey. Barely drinking-age legal, the Michigan State University alum has already contributed in various ways for the Boston Bruins.
22-year-old, Livonia, Mich. native Torey Krug may be small for a professional hockey player, but boy does he have the skills, mindset, tenacity, and physicality of an average-sized skater.
Hockey, rather athletic-ability runs through the blood in the Krug family. His brothers Adam and Matt played college – Adam at Adrian College and Matt at Robert Morris University. Zak, his other brother, plays collegiate volleyball at Siena Height University.
Before entering the NHL, Krug played for the Indiana Ice (United State Hockey League) and for the Michigan State Spartans. As a 17-year-old and senior in high school, he played for the Ice, competing in 59 games, collecting 47 points from 10 goals and 37 assists. Continuing with his hockey career, he joined the Spartans men’s hockey team in his home state. At Michigan State he collected many awards and honors. He was selected to the All-CCHA Rookie Team for the 2009-10 season, All-CCHA First Team for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season. In addition to his selection to an All-CCHA team in three consecutive years, Krug was voted All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman two seasons in a row (2010-11, 2011-2012), and CCHA Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season. He appeared in 38 games each season, for the three seasons he played in the CCHA, racking up 26 goals and 57 assists for a total of 83 points. On average, he collected 28 points each season for the Spartans as a defenseman.
Krug debuted with the magnificent spoked-B on his jersey during the 2011-2012 season. He competed in two games, receiving his first NHL point on an assist. The following season – last season – Krug played in the AHL for the Providence Bruins. While there he collected an impressive 45 points on 13 goals and 32 assists in 63 games. He continues to play in the post-season for Providence, assisting on three goals in the seven games the team battled in.
The coaching staff in Boston felt Krug was a necessary addition to the squad before heading into the playoffs. In his only regular season game in the 2012-13 season, he collected another assist to add to his career points. Appearing in 15 games for the Bruins in the 2013 playoffs, Krug scored an impressive four goals, pushing the team further into the postseason. He had the sixth-highest goals for the Bruins in the playoffs. In perspective, the top five goal-scorers played in all 22 games. He also had the seventh-highest plus/minus with +5, concluding the playoffs.
The 2013-14 season has been Krug’s officially rooted season thus far. He has appeared in all 27 games so far. At such a young age, he has been such an impact to the Bruins performance and welfare this season. Currently, with an impressive seven goals and nine assists for a total of 16 points, Krug has the fourth highest total points on the team and the highest for just defensemen, and is second highest in goals scored for the entire Bruins squad. More impressively, No. 47 has the highest amount of goals scored for defensemen in the entire NHL. Overall, Krug has definitely established his name – positively – in Boston.