April 6, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Accolades continue to roll in for Spartan junior Torey Krug, who on Friday was announced as an American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA)/CCM West All-America. Krug was named to the First Team.
"This recognition over the last four weeks has been a bit overwhelming, and I am so honored to be selected as an All-American," said Krug. "I have been so blessed to have the opportunities presented to me, and a chance to represent Michigan State University in this way is exciting. I have to thank my teammates, because without them, nothing I have accomplished would have been possible. I have to thank the coaches across the country who found me worthy of this honor."
Krug is the first All-America for MSU since Jeff Petry earned Second Team honors in 2010 (when he was paired with Krug on the Spartans' top defensive pair); John-Michael Liles was MSU's last First Team All-America pick in 2003. In total, 54 Spartans have been voted to the All-America teams ( 35 have been named to the First Team). Krug is also the eighth MSU defenseman to garner First Team All-America accolades.
Krug signed a professional contract on Sunday, March 25th with the National Hockey League's defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, opting to forego his final season of collegiate eligibility. Krug has appeared in two games for the Bruins since his signing, and recorded his first NHL point on an assist on Milan Lucic's third period goal in Boston's 3-1 win over the Senators on April 5.
Krug recently completed a standout season in which he distinguished himself among the top players in college hockey. He was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to honor the top men's collegiate hockey player in the country. At the recent CCHA Awards show, Krug took home five awards - tying fellow Spartan (and current Edmonton Oiler) Shawn Horcoff for the most all-time in a single season. Krug was voted the league's Player of the Year, and for the second season in a row took home Best Offensive Defenseman honors. He was a unanimous selection to the All-CCHA First Team, and was MSU's Perani Cup winner (most "Three Stars of the Game" distinctions throughout the CCHA season).
In addition, with his game-winning goal in the final game of the regular season at Notre Dame, Krug shared the CCHA scoring title with Irish forward TJ Tynan. Krug became just the second defenseman in CCHA history - and the fifth overall in the college game - to win his league's scoring title.
Krug finished his junior season with a 12-22-34 scoring line, his best offensive season at MSU and his second consecutive season as the top goal-scoring defenseman in the conference. He ranks eighth overall in the conference in scoring, is sixth in assists, and 20th overall in goals. He tied for third in power-play goals (7) and owns the tenth-most game-winning tallies (3) in the CCHA as well. Krug plays in excess of 29 minutes per game, and plays in all situations. In the last two seasons, Krug compiled 23 goals, (second-most among collegiate defensemen), and 62 points (third-best among Division I blueliners).
In his three-year career, Krug appeared in 114 career games, scoring 26 goals and adding 57 assists for 83 points, the most of any player in his three seasons on the roster. He is a career +7 and had 175 PIMs.
2011-2012 ACHA/CCM Hockey Division I Ice Hockey All-Americans
First Team East West Troy Grosenick, SO, Union College Goalie Taylor Nelson, SR, Ferris State University (Brookfield, WI) (Regina, SK)
Danny Biega, JR, Harvard University Defense Torey Krug, JR, Michigan State University (Montreal, PQ) (Livonia, MI)
Brian Dumoulin, JR, Boston College* Defense Justin Schultz, JR, University of Wisconsin* (Biddeford, ME) (West Kelowna, BC)
Spencer Abbott, SR, University of Maine Forward Jack Connolly, SR, University of Minnesota-Duluth*# (Hamilton, ON) (Duluth, MN)
Alex Killorn, SR, Harvard University Forward Jaden Schwartz, SO, Colorado College (Montreal, PQ) (Wilcox, SK)
Austin Smith, SR, Colgate University Forward Reilly Smith, JR, Miami University (Dallas, TX) (Mimico, ON)
Second Team Joe Cannata, SR, Merrimack College Goalie Kent Patterson, SR, University of Minnesota (Wakefield, MA) (Plymouth, MN)
Mat Bodie, SO, Union College Defense Chad Billins, SR, Ferris State University (East St. Paul, MB) (Marysville, MI)
Tim Kirby, SR, U.S. Air Force Academy Defense Dan DeKeyser, SO, Western Michigan University (Austin, MN) (Clay Township, MI)
Barry Almeida, SR, Boston College Forward Nick Bjugstad, SO, University of Minnesota (Springfield, MA) (Blaine, MN)
Brian O'Neill, SR, Yale University Forward J.T. Brown, SO, University of Minnesota-Duluth (Yardley, PA) (Burnsville, MN)
Jeremy Welsh, JR, Union College Forward Jason Zucker, SO, University of Denver (Bayfield, ON) (Las Vegas, NV)