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Monday reading: Krug, Select 15 festival, Toews, Knight, AHL, Maine

Published: June 17, 2013, 10:57 am, by Joe Paisley

225px-ToreyKrugBruinsBoston defenseman Torey Krug credits his three years at Michigan State for preparing him for the Stanley Cup Finals and handling the pressure after a memorable mistake or two.

“Everything about Michigan State has prepared me to be where I am today. You start off as a kid, going into college, and you don’t understand everything that goes into being a hockey player, being a student and just maturing as a person in general. You’re living on your own for the first time. It was an unbelievable experience. I was so glad I was able to be there.”

Nice to read that. Here is the rest of the USCHO article.

Here is a review of some of the players at the recent USA Hockey Minnesota Select 15 festival in St. Cloud recently.

Former Sioux Jonathan Toews won the NHL’s Selke Trophy. Corban Knight is testing the free-agent market this summer.

American Hockey League president David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors has unanimously approved the relocation of the franchise owned by the Vancouver Canucks from Peoria, Ill., to Utica, N.Y.

The Utica Comets will begin play in the AHL in 2013-14 as the Canucks’ top development affiliate. The Comets will play their home games at the Utica Memorial Auditorium under the management of Mohawk Valley Garden, led by former AHL, NHL and U.S. Olympic goaltender Robert Esche and long-time AHL owner Frank DuRoss.

New Maine coach Dennis “Red” Gendron is not the type to ease his way into retirement even if the red hair that spawned his nickname is snow white.