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Courtesy: Eric Classen, UNDsports.com
Kristo was the 2012-13 College Hockey News Player of the Year.
Hobey finalist Danny Kristo signs with Montreal
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 04/03/2013
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota senior forward and Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist Danny Kristo has signed an entry level contract with the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kristo was selected by Montreal in the second round, 56th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Kristo amassed 161 career points (68 goals, 93 assists) in 155 games at UND to rank 18th on the school’s all-time scoring list. He will also graduate tied for sixth all-time with 13 career game-winning goals.

Kristo was named the College Hockey News Player of the Year in 2012-13 after achieving career highs in points (52), goals (26) and plus/minus (+17), while matching his career high in assists (26). He currently is tied for second in the nation in both points and assists and is tied for third with six game-winning goals. Kristo was also named to the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) First Team and the NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team, earned his second straight UND Virg Foss 3-Star Award, and was a national player of the month honorable mention in February.

In 2013-13, Kristo also became UND’s first player to record 20-plus assists in each of his four seasons since Jeff Panzer did it from 1997-98 to 2000-01. A two-time WCHA Player of the Week as a senior, Kristo reached the scoresheet in 31 game this season, tied for second-most in the nation, and led the team with a career-high +17 rating.

During his collegiate career, Kristo helped lead UND to four NCAA postseason appearances, three Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA playoff champion, and the 2010-11 MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular season champion. He was WCHA Rookie of the Year in 2009-10.

Kristo’s Career Statistics (Overall)          
Year GP G A Pts. Pen. PPG SHG GWG +/-
2009-10 41 15 21 36 4/8 9 0 2 +9
2010-11 34 8 20 28 9/18 2 0 2 +6
2011-12 42 19 26 45 11/33 7 1 3 +16
2012-13 40 26 26 52 12/24 6 2 6 +17
Totals 157 68 93 161 36/83 24 3 13 +48
                   
Kristo’s Career Statistics (WCHA)          
Year GP G A Pts. Pen. PPG SHG GWG +/-
2009-10 28 10 13 23 3/6 6 0 1 +4
2010-11 20 3 9 12 7/14 2 0 1 -4
2011-12 28 13 16 29 9/29 3 1 2 +8
2012-13 28 17 20 37 10/20 2 2 2 +12
Totals 104 43 58 101 29/60 13 3 6 +20
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