This week’s Charlotte Checker who we will be taking an in-depth look at is Justin Krueger. Krueger, a West Germany native, was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2006. However, he began his career in 2004 where he played for the HC Davos team in the Swiss Elite League. While playing for Davos he recorded 17 points in 38 games. After one season in the Swiss league he moved to North America to join Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). For the Vees he played in 55 games and scored 7 goals and posted 15 helpers for a total of 22 points.
After being drafted by the Canes in 2006 he went to Cornell University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and play for the CU Hockey team. In his collegiate years he played in 135 games and posted a total of 7 goals and 25 assists.
He made his debut for the Checkers in 2011-2012. In his first professional season in the North America he tied for first out of the Checkers rookies with a total of 13 points in 58 games played. He led the entire Checkers team with a +/- of 16, 11 points higher than any other player on the team.
This season Krueger has appeared in 26 games and recorded 1 goal and 4 assists. He recorded his first goal of the season on December 7 in a game against the Lake Erie Monsters. You can find Krueger paired up with Kivisto as the Checkers third line defensive pair.