Torey Krug Bio
Blue liner Torey Krug of Livonia, Michigan played minor hockey in his home state as well as skating for Michigan State University of the NCAA. However, before heading to college he played a season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Indiana Ice. He notched 10 goals and 47 points in 59 games with Indiana with seven points in 13 playoff outings and helped the team capture the Clark Cup championship in 2008/09. In addition, he was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team and set a new club record for points by a defenseman.
Krug played with Michigan State from 2009 to 2012 and racked up 26 goals and 57 assists for 83 points in 114 contests. He made the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s (CCHA) All-Rookie Team in 2009/10 and led the league in blue line scoring for a rookie. As a sophomore, he was elected team captain, named to the CCHA First-All-Star Team and named the league’s best offensive defenseman while leading the league in rearguard scoring. He was named the league’s player of the year for 2011/12, made the All-Star Team again and was also named a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award. Once again he led all CCHA defensemen in scoring and tied for first overall in league scoring.
Due to Krug’s performance in college hockey and the fact he wasn’t drafted into the NHL he became a hot commodity as a free agent. The Boston Bruins then signed him to an entry-level contract in March of 2012 and he made his NHL debut just a week later. He played two games at the end of the season and chipped in with an assist. Krug was sent to the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2012/13 campaign and scored 13 goals and 45 points in 63 games with three assists in seven playoff encounters. He was called up by the Bruins and notched an assist in one regular-season game with four goals and two helpers in 15 playoff outings. He became the first NHL rookie to tally four times in his first five postseason contests.
Krug was now a full-time NHL’er in 2013/14 and scored 14 goals and 40 points in 79 games in his rookie season with another two goals and 10 points in 12 postseason games. He also became the first Boston rookie defenseman to score an overtime goal during regular-season play. Krug made the NHL All-Rookie Team and finished the season as the top-scoring rookie blue liner as the Bruins captured the
Presidents’ Trophy as the top regular-season squad. Krug’s play over the next five seasons established him as one of the NHL’s best offensive defensemen with campaigns of 39, 44, 51, 59 and 53 points. He also added 30 points in 35 playoff games during that span.
The Bruins re-signed Krug to a $21 million, four-year deal in the summer of 2016. In 2019 he became the franchise’s all-time top scorer for an American-born player and during the Stanley Cup Final he set a new franchise record by scoring four points in a final-series game against the St. Louis Blues. Heading into the 2019/20 NHL season Krug has posted 58 goals and 230 assists for 288 points in 462 regular-season games along with 11 goals and 35 assists for 46 points in 62 playoff contests.
Krug stands just 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs approximately 185 lbs so he’s certainly one of the league’s smaller rearguards. He missed 24 games between 2017 and 2019 due to injuries as his lack of size caught up with him. However, he’s a consistent and elite offensive threat from the blue line and isn’t a defensive liability in his own end.