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Hockey Names Todd Krygier Assistant Coach

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 07/28/2016
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KALAMAZOO – The Western Michigan hockey program and head coach Andy Murray have announced the hiring of Todd Krygier to the position of assistant coach on Thursday.

Krygier comes to Lawson Ice Arena with a wealth of hockey knowledge at all levels. Most recently he was the head coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the premiere junior hockey league in the United States. With the Lumberjacks he racked up 92 wins in three seasons, including a trip to the USHL Finals during the 2014-15 season. Current Broncos Frederik Tiffels, Griffen Molino, Matheson Iacopelli and Corey Schueneman all played under Krygier in Muskegon.

“We’ve been very fortunate here at Western during my time to have outstanding coaches with our team,” said Murray. “Previously Rob Facca and Pat Ferschweiler and most recently Dave Shyiak and Ben Barr. And with Ben returning to college hockey back East, we were looking for a strong person to replace him. Our search was based on three primary components: competence as a coach and a recruiter, compatibility with our players and our staff, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm for the game. In naming Todd Krygier as an assistant coach, we feel very fortunate to be able to capture all of these ingredients.”

“Todd brings instant credibility to the position, having played close to 600 games in the NHL and multiple times on the US National team at the World Championships,” Murray added. “He has a strong coaching background with experience at different levels, having coached youth AAA hockey, high school hockey and enjoyed success as the head coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL, taking them to the league final in 2015.  We welcome Todd and his wife Kim and his children to the Bronco Hockey family.”

Krygier coached at Novi High School where he racked up a record of 102-51-15, winning a Division I State Championship in 2011. He was named MHSHCA Division I Coach of the Year that season after helping Novi to the program’s first state championship in the 13-year history of the program.

“I’m real excited and honored to join the Bronco family,” said Krygier. “It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to assist Coach Murray and Coach Shyiak and I look forward to being a part of the team. “

As a player he appeared in 543 total regular season games in the NHL, mostly with the Washington Capitals. He played in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Capitals against the Red Wings in 1998. Prior to his time in the NHL Krygier played his college hockey at the UConn, scoring 99 goals and 101 assists for 200 points in four seasons. He was selected in the 1998 NHL Supplemental Draft by the Hartford Whalers.