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As a freshman, Gary Kruzich was one of the driving forces on the 1983-84 hockey team which captured the national title. He posted a 21-5-2 record and a 2.87 goals-against average in his initial season, earning NCAA Tournament MVP honors and backstopping the Falcons to a 2-1 semifinal win over Michigan State and the memorable 5-4 win in the title game over Minnesota-Duluth in four overtimes.

Ater earning honorable mention honors in the CCHA as a sophomore, Kruzich was a first team selection as a junior and senior while also earning first team All-America honors his final two seasons. Kruzich is one of only two players (Brian Hills is the other) in the history of the program to earn first team national honors twice.

His 88 career wins stood as the NCAA record until Michigan's Steve Shields surpassed that total during the 1993-94 season. The Oak Lawn, Illinois native played two seasons with Flint in the International Hockey League before starting his own business, an embroidery company for licensed products. He finished his career with a 3.43 goals-against average, and a .889 save percentage.

(Information on this page courtesy the BGSU Sports Information office, appearing in the September 17, 1994 BG Football game program.)

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