BOSTON – His name has become synonymous around the NHL with a meteoric rise on the sport's largest stage.
Not only did Torey Krug jump into the Boston Bruins' lineup last spring with just three prior games of NHL experience on his resume and score four goals in his first five Stanley Cup Playoffs contests. He did it on Broadway, where so many dreams of stardom are realized or crushed.
After helping the Bruins defeat the New York Rangers in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Krug was a regular among the Bruins’ defense corps. In the next two rounds, Krug and the Bruins swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final before being eliminated in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks in one of the most exciting Stanley Cup Final series in recent NHL history.
If the 5-foot-9, 180-pound defenseman went unrecognized around Boston or back in his home state of Michigan before last summer, those days ended with the offensive outburst that gave every undersized, undrafted player renewed hope of making the big time.
Krug welcomes his newfound notoriety.