GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota senior forward and Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist Danny Kristo has been named the 2012-13 College Hockey News Player of the Year. Kristo was also named to the All-CHN First Team, while linemate and classmate Corban Knight was named to the All-CHN Second Team.
Kristo earned All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) First Team honors 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 goals and is tied for third with six game-winning goals. Kristo was also named to 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.
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 in plus/minus.
Knight, also a Hobey Baker Award finalist, enjoyed a career year in 2012-13 with personal highs in points (49) and assists (33), while matching his career high with 16 goals. The High River, Alberta, native led the nation with 623 faceoff wins, 120 more than any other player and the second-most in UND single-season history. Knight put together a 19-game point streak that was UND’s longest in 25 years, and his 32 games with at least one point were more than any other player in the country.
During their four years at UND, Kristo and Knight helped lead UND to four NCAA postseason appearances, three Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA playoff champion, the 2010-11 MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular season champion and one NCAA Frozen Four appearance.
F Danny Kristo, Sr., North Dakota
F Johnny Gaudreau, So., Boston College
F Ryan Walters, Jr., Nebraska Omaha
D Nick Jensen, Jr., St. Cloud State
D Chad Ruhwedel, Jr., Mass.-Lowell
G Eric Hartzell, Sr., Quinnipiac
All-CHN Second Team
F Steven Whitney, Sr., Boston College
F Greg Carey, Jr., St. Lawrence
F Corban Knight, Sr., North Dakota
D Jacob Trouba, Fr., Michigan
D Nate Schmidt, Jr., Minnesota
G Jon Gillies, Fr., Providence
CHN All-Rookie Team
F Jonny Brodzinski, St. Cloud State
F Danny O'Regan, Boston University
F Riley Barber, Miami
D Mike Matheson, Boston College
D Jacob Trouba, Michigan
G Jon Gillies, Providence