KROG BECOMES SECOND-STRAIGHT WILDCAT TO WIN AHL'S MVP
COURTESY: theAHL.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- For the second-straight season a former member of the University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team earns the American Hockey League’s top honor. The AHL announced on April 10 that center Jason Krog of the Chicago Wolves has been named the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s most valuable player for the 2007-08 season, as voted by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 29 cities. In 2006-07 Krog’s teammate in Chicago and back at UNH, Darren Haydar was the Les Cunningham Award winner.

In addition, Krog captured both the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the leading scorer in the American Hockey League and the Willie Marshall Award as the AHL’s leading goal scorer for the 2007-08 season.

Named a 2007-08 First Team AHL All-Star last week, Krog becomes just the third player in the AHL’s 72-year history to lead the league in goals, assists and points in the same season, joining Doug Gibson (Rochester, 1974-75) and Paul Gardner (Binghamton, 1984-85). A First Team AHL All-Star at center and the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s most valuable player, Krog finished with 39 goals, 73 assists and 112 points while skating in all 80 games for Chicago, which finished with the best record in the Western Conference (53-22-2-3, 111 points).

Krog, who has been held scoreless in back-to-back games just three times all season, has recorded points in 59 of 77 games – including 31 multiple-point efforts – to pace the Wolves’ league-leading offense.

The AHL’s leading-scorer trophy was originally named after Wally Kilrea, who held the AHL’s single-season scoring record when the award was instituted in 1947-48. That year, Carl Liscombe broke Kilrea’s record, and the award was renamed in his honor. In 1955, the AHL Board of Governors voted to name the trophy after John B. Sollenberger, a long-time contributor to the league as manager and president of the Hershey Bears and former Chairman of the AHL Board of Governors. Previous winners of the John B. Sollenberger Trophy include Fred Glover (1957, ’60), Willie Marshall (1958), Bill Sweeney (1961, ’62, ’63), Don Blackburn (1972), Paul Gardner (1985, ’86), Bruce Boudreau (1988), Peter White (1995, ’97, ’98), Derek Armstrong (2001), Jason Spezza (2005) and Darren Haydar (2007).

A native of Fernie, B.C., Krog has recorded 124 goals and 230 assists for 354 points in 300 career AHL games entering the weekend. He also has 198 NHL games on his resume, compiling 21 goals and 37 assists. Krog reached the Calder Cup Finals with Bridgeport in 2002 and the Stanley Cup Finals with Anaheim in 2003, and won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in U.S. college hockey while at the University of New Hampshire in 1999.

Currently in its 72nd season of play, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 83 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 45 million fans have attended AHL games across North America since the start of the 2001-02 season. Sixteen clubs will continue to vie for the league’s coveted championship trophy when the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs get underway next week.

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