BostonBruins.com — Back at his alma mater, Torey Krug wore green and white.
Those are not unfamiliar colors to those who venture out to TD Garden, but colors that Krug ended up exchanging for the Black & Gold. Now, with his collegiate career behind him, Krug is ready to devote his time and attention to the B’s.
"It’s a little bit weird," said Krug of being a full time hockey player, after taking part in the B’s informal practice on Wednesday. "All my buddies from school are back in the classroom, working hard studying and I’m in the weight room, staying on the ice.
"Now my job is on the ice and to work harder so I can get better. It’s definitely a little bit of a different feel to it but I’m glad to be where I am."
Before Krug found his way his way into the Bruins lineup for a pair of games last season, his home was Michigan State, playing for the Spartans.
Krug spent three seasons with the Spartans while amassing 83 points in 114 games (0.72 points per game), and was the fifth leading scorer among NCAA defensemen last season (12-22-34). He captained Michigan State during his final two seasons, and was a Hobey Baker candidate last year.
In the NCAA, Krug was a top offensive defenseman. Now, he’s hoping his hard work turns him into a successful NHL player. But when Krug signed with the Bruins in late March, head coach Claude Julien already had high praise for a player coming straight out of college.
"He’s a real good individual. You can tell right away," Julien said after having met the blueliner shortly after he was signed. "I mean, the rest of his pedigree explains a lot.
"[He's] a team captain; and...he’s produced and played in the collegiate ranks."
The 21-year-old blue liner appeared in two games for Boston in early April after signing a professional contract.
In his first NHL action, Krug recorded an assist in a Bruins win against Ottawa. In his short NHL stint last season, Krug found his way onto the score sheet, and more importantly for the young defenseman, into the Boston locker room.
"It’s been great so far," said Krug. "Last year, I said it’s been really easy to get into the locker room.
"It’s a great group of guys in here, and they made me feel really comfortable so, walking into the locker room.”
Krug was at the Bruins development camp this summer, but said he’s at a completely different level from where he was then.
"Well it’s been a complete 180 from the beginning of the summer to where I am now," Krug said. "Even from development camp from here I feel completely faster, quicker.
"I’m just a little bit more explosive on the ice," he added. "A lot of the credit goes to my training over the summer and the regimen that you get on."