ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced Justin Krueger from Cornell University has been named the winner of the league’s 2009-10 Men's Best Defensive Defenseman Award.
The senior defender is second on the team (and top defenseman) with a plus/minus rating of +15. Krueger has played a critical role on Cornell’s penalty-kill units, which was tops in conference action with a success rate of 87.3%. The Germany native was matched up against opponent’s top offensive line each game, a role he has assumed since his rookie season. Krueger is also one of the team leaders in blocked shots on the year and helped guide the Cornell defense, which only surrendered 61 goals in 31 games (1.97 G/GM), second-best in the nation.
Krueger has been characterized as the type of student-athlete who took any assignment on the ice without ever complaining and welcomed the different challenges each game.
The other finalists for the award were Derek Keller, St. Lawrence and Mike Schreiber, Union.