AUSTIN, Minn. – Austin Bruins Captain Lane Krenzen has announced his commitment to play Division-I hockey at the University of Denver the third-year junior player announced on Thursday.
When asked about his commitment to Denver the defenseman replied, “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.”
The Twig, MN, native played his entire career in Austin with the Bruins competing in more than 170 games with 57 total points. Prior to playing for the Bruins, Krenzen played his high school hockey at Duluth Marshall, a team he also captained for a season. The 5-9, 190-pound defenseman 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.”
While reflecting on his time with the Bruins Krenzen stated, “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.”
Krenzen and the rest of the Austin Bruins still have more hockey to play as they host the Aberdeen Wings on Friday, April 19 for Game Three of the first-round in the NAHL Roberston Cup Playoffs. Austin currently trails Aberdeen two games to none in the best of five series. Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale at all of the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace. A tailgate is taking place before Game Three’s action at Riverside Arena with fans encouraged to arrive at 5 P.M., an hour before doors open at 6:00 P.M., with puck drop coming shortly after at 7:25 P.M.