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Krug Leaves MSU to Sign With Bruins

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Michigan State junior Torey Krug, a Hobey Baker Award finalist, has decided to leave school to sign an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins. Krug will report to the Bruins and will be eligible to play in the remaining regular season games with Boston, but not the postseason.

"This is my dream to play in the National Hockey League, I think it's every player's dream," Krug said. "To have the opportunity I've been presented with is tremendous. I never thought this day would come. My family plays a big role, the people you're surrounded by, teammates, coaching staff. I've been on the phone non-stop with former Spartans. You take everybody's opinion and try to make the best decision that you can."

Krug was the team's captain for the second straight year, and was named CCHA Player of the Year. The Spartans just lost in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament to Union.

"It's bittersweet, because we have worked hard to get MSU hockey back where we want it to be, challenging for conference and national championships," Krug said.

In 38 games with Michigan State this year, Krug set career bests in goals (12), assists (22) and points (34). He led all CCHA defenseman in scoring, was selected as the Best Offensive Defenseman for the second straight season and shared the CCHA scoring crown with Notre Dame’s T.J. Tynan, becoming the first defenseman to capture a CCHA scoring title since 1986-87.

In 114 career CCHA games at Michigan State, the 20-year-old finished with 26-57—83 totals.

"I couldn't be happier for Torey. He's had an incredible season, an outstanding career at Michigan State and is ready to take the next step in his hockey career," said Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos. "While I know that we will certainly miss his talent and leadership next season, he will be back to complete his degree, and has left a lasting impression on his teammates that will most certainly continue to have a long term impact on our program."

Krug, at 5-foot-9, spoke about having to overcome many people telling him he couldn't make it even to the Division I level because of his size.

"It's another level of hockey that people told me I could do it because I was too small," Krug said.

Krug said he sought the advice of many former Michigan State players, especially John-Michael Liles, a 2003 graduate who has played eight seasons in the NHL as a 5-foot-10 defenseman.

"Coach set up a meeting with me and John," Krug said. "I was very honored to sit down at the table like that. He's one of the guys I've looked up to and modeled by game after.

"It's been non-stop 24 hours on the phone. I actually hate my phone now. I still don't know if it's hit me. We'll find out when I fly to Boston with a bunch of NHL players. It's come so far so quickly."

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