7-Danny Kristo - University of North Dakota

Danny Kristo may not have much more to prove in college hockey, but he doesn’t want to join the Canadiens before he gives it his best shot at the NCAA hockey title.

Kristo has decided to play his senior year at the University of North Dakota and will delay his professional hockey debut until the 2013-2014 season.  Kristo was the Canadiens first selection in the 2008 draft although he was taken in the second round (56th overall).  The Canadiens had traded their first round pick to Calgary for Alex Tanguay.

After he was drafted Kristo played on a line with Louis Leblanc in the USHL at Omaha before joining the Fighting Sioux for their 2009-2010 season.  Last year he scored 45 points in 42 games  including a team leading 26 goals.  Kristo will enter the 2012-13 season as the leading active scorer among Western Collegiate Hockey Association forwards.

Kristo’s career nearly came to an end 29 games into his sophomore season when he attempted to walk to his girlfriend’s house in Grand Forks with temperatures at minus 30 degrees.  Kristo, who wasn’t wearing gloves, lost his shoe in a deep snow drift and the resulting frost bite affected his left hand, and ate away all of the skin off his right foot.   For the first two days after the injury, doctors weren’t sure the could save Kristo’s foot.  Nine weeks later he was back in the North Dakota lineup.