UND M Hockey BIO
Danny Kristo
Player Profile:
Danny Kristo 682780
Position: Forward
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
Club: Omaha-USHL
Major: Recreation and Tourism Studies

Career: Graduated ranked 18th on UND's all-time scoring list with 161 points (68 goals, 93 assists) in 157 games ... UND's first point-per-game player since T.J. Oshie (2005-08) ... Scored 13 career game-winning goals, tying him for sixth all-time at UND with Lee Goren (1997-2000) and Cary Eades (1978-82).

2012-13 (Senior): Assistant captain ... A Hobey Baker Memorial Award Top 10 finalist ... Named a first-team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association ... Chosen the 2012-13 College Hockey News Player of the Year ... Was also named to the All-CHN First Team and the All-USCHO First Team ... Named to All-WCHA First Team ... Member of the NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team ... Won his second straight Virg Foss 3-Star Award as the UND player who receives the most 3-star voting points during home games ... Also won UND's Cliff "Fido" Purpur Award given to the player "who exemplifies hard work determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice" ... Two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 20, Feb. 27) ... Tied for third in the national scoring race with a career-high 52 points ...Led the WCHA and tied for second nationally with a career-high 26 goals ... Eighteen of his 26 goals came with UND either trailing or tied ... Scored the game-winning goal in UND's 2-1 NCAA West Region semifinal win vs. Niagara (March 29) ... (Ranked third nationally in goals per game (0.65) and ranked sixth in points per game (1.30) ... Tied for third nationally with six game-winning goals ... Led the nation in points (38), goals (21) and GWG (5) after Dec. 8 ... Led the WCHA with three goals during the first round of the playoffs, with all three coming in the third period ... Also tied for the league lead during the first round ... Enjoyed point streaks of eight, seven, six, five, and four games during the season ... Put together a 7-game goal-scoring streak from Dec. 8 to Jan. 12, collecting eight goals and eight assists during that stretch ... Reached the scoresheet in 14 of his last 17 games of the season ... Led the team with 15 multi-point games ... Had six games of three points or more, tied for second-most in the nation ... Ranked fourth nationally with a team-leading 162 shots on goal ... Named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 27 after a 4-point series (2g, 2a) in a WCHA split at No. 10 Denver ... Also earned the award on Nov. 20 after a 5-point series (3g, 2a) in a win and a tie against Minnesota Duluth ... Notched a career-high four points with two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win over Colorado College (Jan. 12) ... His 4-point game capped off his 7-game goal-scoring streak from Dec. 8 to Jan. 12 ... Also had a 4-game goal-scoring streak from Feb. 8 to Feb. 23 ... Had four goals and four assists during that stretch ... Recipient of UND's Tim & Becky A. O'Keefe Hockey Scholarship Endowment ... Earned his fourth letter ... Signed with the NHL's Montreal Canadiens following the season and made his professional debut with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs ... Appeared in nine games with the Bulldogs and had three assists ... Won a bronze medal with the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm in May ... Registered one goal and two assists in 10 tournament games.

2011-12 (Junior): Received UND's Virg Foss 3-Star Award for earning the most 3-star voting points throughout the course of the home schedule ... Achieved career highs in points (45), goals (19), assists (26), game-winning goals (3) and plus/minus (+16) ... Led UND in assists and shots on goal (179) and ranked second in points and plus/minus ... Ranked ninth in the WCHA scoring race ... Earned NCAA West Region All-Tournament honors after registering a goal and an assist with a +3 rating in two games ... Had three points in three games at the WCHA Final Five ... Had a goal and an assist and was a +2 in 4-1 quarterfinal win over St. Cloud State (March 15) ... Had an assist in 6-3 semifinal win over No. 4 Minnesota (March 16) ... Surpassed the 100-point plateau for his career with a 2-goal performance in a 4-2 win over Minnesota State (March 2) ... Enjoyed 15 multi-point games, including a trio of 3-point performances ... Had two goals and an assist against No. 17 Maine (Oct. 15), No. 4 Colorado College (Nov. 25) and Harvard (Dec. 31) ... Was a plus or even in in 33 of his 42 games ... Scored his first career short-handed goal (GWG) in a 4-3 win over No. 4 Colorado College (Nov. 26) ... Also scored game-winners against Nebraska Omaha (Dec. 10) and Harvard (Dec. 31) ... Opened the season with a 6-game point streak, amassing four goals and seven assists ... Also enjoyed a 6-game point streak to close out the regular season, collecting three goals and six assists ... Appeared in his 100th career game at St. Cloud State on Jan. 20 ...  Was ranked as the Montreal Canadiens' No. 9 prospect in The Hockey News 2012 Future Watch ... Recipient of the Tim and Becky A. O'Keefe Hockey Scholarship Endowment ... Earned third letter.

2010-11 (Sophomore): Collected eight goals in 20 assists in 33 games ... Returned to the lineup after a 10-game absence to score six points (3g, 3a) in five playoff games  ... Scored on his first shift back to open the scoring in UND's 3-2 WCHA Final Five semifinal win over No. 13 Colorado College (March 18) ... Added a goal and an assist in UND's double-overtime win over No. 5 Denver in the championship game (March 19) ... Led the Sioux with a +4 in two games at the Final Five ... Had a goal and an assist in UND's 6-0 NCAA Midwest Region semifinal win over No. 16 Rensselaer (March 26) ... Matched his career high with three assists and was a +3 in a 6-0 win over No. 20 Colorado College ... Reached the scoresheet in 14 of his last 17 games ... Had 23 points (7g,16a) in those 17 games after opening the season with just one goal and four assists in his first 17 games ... Had a goal and two assists in a 5-0 win at Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 30) in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game ... Followed that up with three assists in his next game against Robert Morris (Jan. 7) ... Put together a season-best 8-game point streak from Dec. 4 to Jan. 15, recording three goals and 10 assists during that time ... Earned second letter.

2009-10 (Freshman): Named the WCHA Rookie of the Year and selected to the All-WCHA Rookie Team ... Named the WCHA Freshman of the Year by and was INCH National Rookie of the Year runner-up ... Also named to INCH Freshman All-America Team ... Selected to the College Hockey News All-Rookie Team ... Voted UND's Rookie of the Year ... Also named UND's Male Rookie of the Year (all sports) ... Two-time WCHA Rookie of the Week (Dec. 1, March 3) ... Led all NCAA freshmen in power-play goals (nine) ... Led all WCHA rookies in points (36), points per game (0.88), goals (15) and power-play points (20) ... Became the first Sioux to win the WCHA rookie scoring race since Brady Murray in 2003-04 ... Ranked fourth nationally in freshman scoring ...  His nine power-play goals were tied with Zach Parise (2002-04) for seventh-most by a Sioux freshman ... Put together a UND season-best 13-game point streak from Feb. 13 to March 20 ... Had seven goals and nine assists during that stretch, including a pair of game-winning goals ... Scored at least one point in each of UND's six WCHA playoff games, finishing with two goals and four assists with a +4 rating ... Named the MVP of UND's Subway Holiday Classic tournament (Nov. 27-28) ... Enjoyed eight multi-point games, including a pair of 3-point games ... Had two goals and an assist in a 5-5 tie with top-ranked Miami (Nov. 28) ... Had a goal and two assists in an 8-1 win at fourth-ranked St. Cloud State (Feb. 13) ... Scored game-winning goals at Colorado College (Feb. 27) and against Minnesota (March 12, Game 1, WCHA First Round) ... Collected his first career point with an assist in the season opener against Merrimack (Oct. 9) ... Scored his first career goal in a 4-2 win at Michigan Tech (Nov. 6) ... Earned first letter ... Led United States to gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in January ... Had eight points and a +5 in seven tournament games.

Before UND: Selected by Montreal in the second round (56th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft ... Spent the 2008-09 season with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL ... Ranked third on the team in scoring with 57 points (22 goals, 35 assists) in 50 games ... Led the team in assists and ranked third on the squad with eight power-play goals ... Selected to play in the 2009 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game ... Represented the United States at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship ... Led the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior 'A' Challenge ... Spent the previous two seasons with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program ... In 2007-08, played in 56 games for the Under-18 team and notched 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 points ... Finished second on the team in goals ... Led USA to a first-place finish at the 2008 Under-18 Five Nations tournament ... Also led USA to a bronze medal at the 2008 IIHF World U-18 Championship ... In 2006-07, appeared in 59 games with the Under-17 team and posted 12 goals and 16 assists.

Personal: Majoring in recreation and tourism studies ... Son of Mark and Mary Kristo ... Father played hockey at Bemidji State from 1971-75 and was named to BSU's '50 Legends For 50 Years' team.

Kristo's Career Overall Statistics:

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 35/81 24 3 13 +48

Kristo's Career WCHA Statistics:

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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