Junior, Defenseman; Livonia, Mich (Indiana Ice/USHL)
2012 All-America Candidate
2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist
2012 CCHA Player of the Year
2011, 2012 CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2011, 2012 First Team All-CCHA
2012 CCHA Scoring Co-Champion
2010-11 and 2011-12 Team Captain
2010 CCHA All-Rookie Team
Torey Krug had a big evening at the CCHA Awards show on March 15, taking home Player of the Year and Best Offensive Defenseman honors. He was also recognized as a First Team All-CCHA selection, MSU's Perani Cup winner (most "Three Stars of the Game" distinctions), and as the league scoring champion. He is the seventh MSU player to earn CCHA Player of the Year honors, and the first since Ryan Miller in 2002. Only one player has taken home as much hardware from that Awards Show in the history of the CCHA: fellow Spartan (and current Edmonton Oiler Shawn Horcoff)
Named one of 10 Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists; one of 16 MSU Hobey finalists and the first since 2008 (Jeff Lerg).
Krug shared the CCHA scoring title with Notre Dame forward TJ Tynan, each finishing with 29 points in league games. He is the first defenseman to capture a CCHA scoring title since Western Michigan's Wayne Gagne did so in 1986-87; he is the fifth Spartan and first MSU defenseman to win a CCHA scoring title. In history, only four other defensemen have won scoring titles in their respective leagues: Gagne, Lou Nanne (1963, Minnesota/WCHA), Mike Crowley (1997, Minnesota/WCHA) and Reid Cashman (2005, Quinnipiac/Atlantic Hockey).
On the season, Krug leads his team in scoring (12-22-34); he leads the team in goals and shares the team lead in assists. He is enjoying his career-best offensive season, and is the team's active leader in career scoring (83 points). He played in his 100th career game on Jan. 20 against Lake Superior State.
Krug ranks fourth nationally among defensemen in points per game, and owns the second-most goals among defensemen in the country. He is tied for 12th nationally among defensemen at a +17.
In league scoring only, Krug ranks second in the league in plus/minus (+20), eighth in the league in goals (11), second in assists (18), first In power play goals (6), and fifth in game-winning tallies (3). Among league defensemen, Krug leads all conference rearguards in points, goals,and assists.
Krug plays in all situations, averaging nearly 30 minutes of ice time per game.
In the CCHA's overall statistical rankings, Krug is the top-scoring defenseman in both points and goals, and ranks second in assists. Overall, he eighth in points (34), sixth in assists (22), fourth in power-play goals (7), and 20th in goals (12).
The Spartans completed the season 19-16-4 overall, and finished in fifth place in the final CCHA standings. MSU recorded its 16th victory of the season with a 3-2 victory over archrival No. 4/6 Michigan on Feb. 10, surpassing last year's win total (15). The Spartans are 6-3-1 this season against teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of the game. Krug helped lead the Spartans, picked sixth and eighth in the CCHA preseason polls, back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
Krug is a major contributor to the Spartans at both ends of the ice. Michigan State has scored 111 goals in 39 games this year, the most since the 2007-08 team scored 115. Krug leads the Spartans in goals (12).
Krug runs the team's top penalty kill unit. The Spartans are tops in the CCHA and fourth nationally on the kill, (134/154, 87.0%, 3 SHG). Krug has been on the ice for nine of MSU's 17 power-play goals allowed, with three of those power play goals being 5-on-3 advantages. Krug also quarterbacks the Spartans' top power play unit, and leads the squad in power play goals (7).
Over the last two seasons, only one collegiate defenseman has recorded more goals than Krug's 23, and only two have more than Krug's 62 points in that span.
Krug has been on the ice for 52 of MSU's 111 goals scored, and just 38 of 103 goals against the Spartans this season. Of the even-strength goals allowed by MSU this season (86), Krug has only been on the ice for 28 of them; he's been on the ice for 29 even-strength goals for the Spartans.
In a season which has featured a whopping 20 games for MSU that were a one-goal decision (16) or ending in a tie (four), Krug has been on the ice for 13 of MSU's 19 game-winning tallies; he has been on the ice for just seven of 16 game-winning goals against.
Earned both CCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 6) and Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 13) honors this season, the only player in the league to earn both weekly awards.
Krug is the fifth player in Michigan State hockey history to wear the captain's "C" on his jersey for two seasons. In 2010-11, he was the program's first solo captain as a sophomore in team history.
Owns a 3.34 GPA as a Political Science/Pre-Law major. Active in several community outreach activities, and is one of the founders of the Student-Athlete Food Drive, held each November.
Scored an impressive shootout goal in the team's Skills Competition: Watch the goal