In addition to the signing, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that Krug will join the B’s in Boston for Tuesday’s morning skate, and will be eligible to play in the remaining regular season games.
“This obviously came quickly after our season ended, but it was a really difficult decision to make,” Krug said. “I love everything about Michigan State, my teammates, and our hockey program, and it was an outstanding place for me to grow and develop both as a hockey player and a person.
“It is very hard for me to leave, but I am incredibly thankful for the support shown to me by Coach [Tom] Anastos as I went through this process. I’m very proud to have worn a Michigan State jersey and serve as a captain. 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 turned in his best collegiate season to date, as he finished with 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points, as well as a +17 plus/minus rating – which are all career highs and have propelled him into consideration for the Hobey-Baker Memorial award.
“Torey has had an outstanding collegiate career at Michigan State,” Chiarelli said. “He is a very intelligent player who is a terrific skater and shooter. But what stands out the most with Torey is his character. He is a two-time captain and a tremendous competitor. We are thrilled to have signed him and look forward to a seeing him contribute to the Bruins.”
The two-time captain led MSU (19-16-4) to its 27th NCAA Tournament appearance, as they fell to Union College 3-1 Friday.
Krug leaves Michigan State with a highly decorated resume. His 34 points led all Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) defensemen, and he was tied with Notre Dame’s T.J. Tynan as the CCHA scoring leader (29 points).
In addition to being named a finalist for the Hobey-Baker award, Krug was named the CCHA Player of the Year, as well as Best Offensive Defensmen for the second-straight season.
Since Krug has joined the Spartans, he’s made an immediate impact on the team’s blueline. As a freshman, he skated on the team’s top pair with Jeff Petry for all 38 games, finished with a scoring line of 3-18-21 as he was voted to the conference All-Rookie team.
As a sophomore, Krug was named captain and followed a strong rookie campaign with 11 goals and 17 assists. He was named the CCHA’s top offensive defenseman, and earned his first All-conference honors.
His success carried over into his junior season, as he emerged as one of just five MSU players to ever win a CCHA scoring title.
Krug also brings a strong power play skill set to the Bruins organization. While he ran the point for the Spartans top power play unit, he finished with tied fourth in the CCHA with seven power play goals – two behind conference leader and Boston Bruins prospect Justin Florek
“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,” Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos said.
“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.”