Austin defenseman Krenzen makes NCAA DI commitment
April 19, 2019
The Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that captain and Top Prospects defenseman Lane Krenzen has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Denver in the NCHC.
The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Twig, Minnesota, played his entire career in the NAHL with the Bruins competing in more than 170 games with 57 total points.
This season, Krenzen, 21, recorded 28 points in 57 regular season games played. He has also played in the past two Top Prospects Tournaments in 2018 and 2019 for the Central Division team.
“Denver has a tradition of excellence that I look forward to being a part of. The city, campus, facilities, and staff have everything to help players reach their potential. I look forward to going there and helping contribute to an already outstanding team culture,” said Krenzen.
Prior to playing for the Bruins, Krenzen played his high school hockey at Duluth Marshall, a team he also captained for a season. Krenzen landed in Austin during the 2016-17 season and remained with the black-and-gold throughout his junior career. Krenzen was named Bruins team captain in 2017-18, a title he retained for the most recent season.
“Lane is a two-year captain with a ton of heart and an extremely high compete level,” said Bruins Head Coach Steve Howard. “He does things the right way, and the staff at the University of Denver are going to love that about him. They are getting a great player and more importantly, a first-class human being.”
“Austin has been my home for three years and has been more than ideal for me. Through the ups and downs of a season, it really helps to know that you have an entire fan base pulling for you. The Bruins initially gave me the opportunity to make my mark in junior hockey. Without this organization, the great coaches and people behind the scenes, I wouldn’t have been able to get to this point,” said Krenzen.