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TROPP NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Corey Tropp (Getty Images)
Michigan State junior forward Corey Tropp is the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for December.


During the month of December, Tropp registered seven goals and 10 points, which were most by any student-athlete in the country in both categories. Tropp led the Spartans to a 5-1-0 record in December including the program’s 12th Great Lakes Invitational title. He tops the nation with 17 goals and four game-winning goals through 22 games this season, and currently ranks third with 29 points. His efforts helped MSU earn a Top-10 ranking in both the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll. The Spartans are in second place in the CCHA with a 9-3-2-0 record.

The Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., native, who played juniors with the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) and was drafted in the third round by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, was named CCHA Player of the Week on Dec. 14 after recording his second hat trick of the season, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 4-1 victory over Bowling Green Dec. 12.  He is the only player in the nation to record a pair of hat tricks on the season. Tropp also registered the only goal in a 1-0 win over Northern Michigan (Dec. 4) and a pair of game-tying tallies that forced overtime against NMU (Dec. 5) and BGSU (Dec. 11).

Torey Krug, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound defenseman at Michigan State, has been named the HCA National Rookie of the Month for December. 

Krug, a member of the Spartans’ top defensive pair, helped the team surrender one goal or less in four of six outings during the month. He scored the first goal of his career in overtime to give MSU a victory over Bowling Green on Dec. 11, 3-2. The Livonia, Mich., native also played an important role as the Spartans captured the Great Lakes Invitational title with two assists during a win over Rensselaer, 6-1, in the championship game. He posted a +6 combined rating in the two tournament contests.

Krug registered an assist on Tropp’s game-tying goal against Northern Michigan Dec. 5 to force overtime and another in a victory over Bowling Green, 4-1, on Dec. 12.  The pointman on MSU’s first power-play unit, Krug holds a 1-7-8 scoring line this season.

Krug played the 2008-09 season with the Indiana Ice (USHL) and helpd the team capture the Clark Cup  playoff title. He was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team after registering a scoring line of 10-37-47 in 59 games to set the club record for points by a defenseman.

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