Justin Krueger
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 10/06/1986
DRAFTED: CAR: 2006-213 overall
Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), May 26, 2010.
2011-12 SEASON
Completed first professional season in North America, and was tied for first among Charlotte (AHL) rookies with 13 points (2g, 11a) in 58 games… Led all Checkers players with a plus-16 rating, 11 points higher than any teammate… Scored two shootout goals in three attempts to tie for third among AHL defensemen in shootout conversion percentage (.667)… Recorded his first AHL point, the primary assist on Zach Boychuk’s goal, in his AHL debut at Norfolk (10/7)… Scored his first AHL goal and had a season-high six penalty minutes at Abbotsford (1/20)… Recorded a plus-10 rating across seven games from 1/11-1/24, including four games in which he was plus-2… Scored his second goal of the season at Peoria (4/13)… Missed 13 games due to injury (upper body: 2/19-3/25) and was a healthy extra for five games.

Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on 6/1/12… Originally drafted by Carolina in the seventh round (213th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft… Had 13 points (2g, 11a) in 58 career AHL games with Charlotte entering 2012-13… Also spent one year playing professionally in the Swiss National League, earning 11 points (1g, 10a) in 50 games… Completed his collegiate career at Cornell of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) with seven goals and 25 assists (32 points) and 103 penalty minutes in 135 games from 2006-2010… Grew up in Switzerland playing for the German national team programs… Won a gold medal with Germany at the Under-18 Division I World Championship in 2004… Served as team captain in leading Germany to the gold medal at the Division I World Championship in 2005… Made his debut with the German men’s team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship… Played in all nine games and earned one assist as host Germany advanced to the medal round before finishing fourth… Again represented Germany at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, skating in all seven games for Germany… Spent one season with Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), leading the Vees to an Interior Championship in 2005-06… Named to the ECAC’s All-Academic team after his sophomore season at Cornell in 2007-08… Was named the ECAC’s top defensive defenseman after leading Cornell to the ECAC championship in his senior season in 2009-10… Completed his first professional season in 2010-11, earning 11 points (1g, 10a) in 50 games for SC Bern of the Swiss League.