Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is on his way to one amazing summer.
The 22-year old former Michigan State captain entered the consciousness of mainstream sports fans and the twitterverse with one of the coolest plays of the NHL season in Boston’s Game 2 win in Eastern Conference semifinal match-up against the New York Rangers. He knocked home a ridiculous goal stemming from an insane between-the-legs puck reception from a pass. This would be impossible for most people standing still but Krug made it look easy moving on skates before gathering himself to fire a blast into the back of the net against the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, one of the best goalies in the world. The early score put his team up early and has them on the way to securing a 2-0 lead in the series. When Rangers’ forward and five-time all-star Rick Nash scored in the second period, it gave the former first overall pick as many career playoff goals (two) as Krug.
A highly respected player for the Spartans, Krug was a captain both his sophomore and junior years. He decided to leave Michigan State early for a professional contract with the USHL’s Indiana Ice. Despite scoring 13 points in 13 playoff games as a defensemen on the way to helping the Ice to its league championship, Krug went undrafted in 2012. At only 5’9”, Krug is smaller than most other NHL players and even more so to compared to other defensive players like 6’9” teammate Zdeno Chara.
Despite his size, the Bruins gave him Krug shot, signing him to a contract in Mar. 2012. He played sparingly with Boston the next year, but he has made the most of his opportunity to play this post season. He scored his first-ever NHL goal May 16 in Game 1 of the series against the Rangers and followed it up with the highlight-reel offering in the first period of Game 2. With production like that from a young defensive player, along with the core of a team just two years removed from a Stanley cup championship, the Bruins could be in for a long run this postseason and may have a date in the league finals.
Long before his playoff success began, Krug had a date planned up for maybe the (other) most important event in his life. On July 5th, Krug is set to be married to his fiancée Melanie Flood in Mason, Mich. You are probably not invited to the wedding, but thanks to the internet and Krug’s relative anonymity, you can feel like you are. The wedding’s registry, Pintrest board (complete with hockey player cake toppers) and official web site via theknot.com are all accessible for the Krug’s growing legion of fans. With the wedding conveniently scheduled after the NHL Finals, Krug may have the special opportunity to bring the Cup along with him on his honeymoon, effectively completing one of the greatest summers ever.