Bruins fans may still be learning about defenseman Torey Krug on the ice, but when BostonBruins.com visited with TK in his training home of Stamford, CT, he offered insight into his life off the ice as well.
What are the top five songs on his iPod?
"I can't even name five songs right now," said Torey. "But I'm a very big Kings of Leon fan - their old stuff, their new stuff, everything about them - I love it."
The best movie he's seen this summer?
Krug went with a new release for this one. "I just watched The Campaign with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifanakis," said the defenseman. The review? "It was pretty funny. Four out of five [stars]."
His most embarrassing "hobby"?
After thinking for a moment, Torey chimed in, "I don't know if I have any really embarrassing ones." But then admitted, "I do say that I will listen to the girly tunes sometimes - Call Me Maybe, that's a big hit. I think a lot of guys in the locker room even like that song."
But can he sing it? "No, I'm not a singer, that is one thing that I will not do," he joked. "I'm not singing."
He may not sing, but he is indeed a book reader. "The last book that I read was The Hunger Games and I'm looking forward to starting the second one. It's a good book. I didn't see the movie - I've been waiting for it to come out on DVD."
The one food he wants to eat that his nutrition regimen prohibits?
"The one thing I could eat right now would probably be ice cream." Chocolate, to be exact. "I'm a big ice cream fan and obviously, it's a social event too. You go out with your friends and family and enjoy some ice cream."
With summer in full swing, Torey also said he likes to hit up the driving range or head out for a round of golf, though he quickly pointed out he doesn't know his handicap. "I'm a bad golfer but it's something that I like to do. I probably shoot low-90s, mid-90s on any given day."
"I look the part, but I don't play the part," he added with a laugh.
Somehow we ended up in Sleepy Hollow.... But #BearTracks made it through. No sign of the Headless Horseman, though. (Photo taken with Instagram)
STAMFORD, CT -- Today Torey Krug took time out of his formidable training schedule to take BostonBruins.com around his offseason home base of Stamford, Connecticut.
But even as "Freddy" (think Krug-er) escorted bostonbruinsTV's camera in and around his favorite spots in Southern Connecticut, the young defenseman obviously had his mind on his afternoon workout.
Each move we made in Connecticut was based solely on his regimen - lunch at the (very) healthy buffet at the local supermarket, a very quick stop in downtown Stamford (so he didn't get to far afield of his gym) and a short sightseeing stop in Rowayton.
Krug (who this time last year was settling into his second season as captain of the of the Michigan State Spartans) is a smart player and clearly understands what he needs to do in order to earn a spot with the Black & Gold in September. And, having forgone his senior season at his beloved MSU, Krug isn't inclined to let his chance slip away.
Torey talked about becoming leaner and stronger as he placed leafy greens, chicken and broccoli on his plate at lunch and displayed a single-minded intensity as he ran through a gut-busting workout designed to improve his explosiveness.
Throughout the day, the blueliner, known by many in collegiate circles as a offensive-minded defenseman, made his well-rounded intentions clear.
"When you look at smaller defensemen in the NHL you think they’re probably all offensive defensemen," said Krug. "We have to do that because that’s what makes us unique and that’s what makes us stick.
"But at the same time, you’ve got to take care of your own zone otherwise you’re not going to get the job done and they’re not going to put you on the ice."
Thanks to his two-game stint in the NHL, Krug understands that what he does on the ice is only part of the equation, and as he spoke to BBTV's camera for the final time this afternoon, the defenseman was clear in his intent.
"I'm not exactly satisfied with where I am at yet this summer," said Krug. "I made a lot of good strides; good improvement - got a lot stronger. This is the strongest I've ever been.
"But I think the second you get complacent is the second you stop getting better."
TK47: The Keiser Runner is sitting there waiting to crush my legs. #gotime #beartracks (Photo taken with Instagram)
#BearTracks has made it to Stamford, CT to catch up with Torey Krug on the road trip. (Photo taken with Instagram)
BostonBruins.com is back on the road! On Friday, the BB.com team is heading to visit defenseman Torey Krug in Connecticut at his summer training mainstay, before heading to Ontario to see Rich Peverley, Gregory Campbell and Tyler Seguin. Stay tuned to this blog and bookmark it from all of the latest offseason coverage.