The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that Todd Krygier, the former University of Connecticut All-American, NHL veteran, and 12-year head hockey coach, has been named the team’s new head coach effective immediately.
“Todd Krygier has been a driving force in the success of building teams and developing talent since he retired as a professional player in 2000. Todd has been where our student-athletes are and he accomplished what they are dreaming of,” said Lumberjacks’ President Tim Taylor. “We had a number of very strong coaching candidates interested in the position, however, Todd’s experience as a student-athlete, professional player, business leader, and most importantly, as a successful coach of young men focused on developing both hockey skills and character set him apart in our eyes.”
Krygier, 47, was the first and only player in the history of the University of Connecticut to play in the National Hockey League. The Chicago Heights, Illinois native played 543 games in the NHL from 1989 to 1998 with the Hartford Whalers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Washington Capitals while totaling 243 points (100 goals and 143 assists) during a 12-year professional career. Krygier has been involved in coaching hockey since he retired as a player in 2000.
“Throughout the last 12 years, I dedicated myself to teaching, training, and developing hockey players in Michigan. At every level and age group, we worked hard, had success, and won team championships,” said Krygier. “Our team achieved high rankings at both the state and national levels, and we helped develop players that are competing on top junior teams and NCAA Division I programs.”
Previously, Krygier led Novi High School to its first Division One state championship, Compuware Pee Wee Youth Hockey Team to their first state championship, Team Metro West to their first gold medal in the Meijer State Games, and Team Michigan to their first Minnesota Showcase Tournament championship in the last 35 years.
“I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity, and I am thankful to Tim (Taylor) and the new ownership team at Muskegon. I could not be more impressed with Tim and the new ownership group and I am excited about the privilege and responsibility to further develop the skills and character of Muskegon Lumberjack student-athletes,” said Krygier. “We will hold ourselves to the highest standards, compete with honor and integrity, and will do everything in our power to make the Muskegon community proud to be associated with their Muskegon Lumberjacks.”
BRODZINSKI INVITED TO NATIONAL EVALUATION CAMP
Lumberjacks’ defenseman Michael Brodzinski has been named as one of 40 players invited to participate in the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp that is slated for August 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Brodzinski, the Blaine, Minn., product, will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship that will run from December 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden.
The Lumberjacks had two players from last season’s team participate in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship from Ufa, Russia in Defenseman Rasmus Bengtsson (Sweden) and Forward Frederik Tiffels (Germany). Sweden ended up claiming the silver medal after falling to the United States in the Gold Medal Game, 3-1.
Brodzinski spent this past season with the Lumberjacks totaling 34 points (16 goals and 18 assists) to go along with a plus-11 rating in 65 games played while being named to the 2012-13 USHL All-Rookie Team and grabbing All-USHL Second Team honors.
The camp will be held at Lake Placid’s Olympic Arena and will include practices along with games against Canada, Finland, and Sweden.