John Kruse

John  Kruse


Eden Prairie, Minn.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 195


Last Team:
Owatonna Express (NAHL)


Air Force's season ends with 4-3 overtime loss to Canisius

Duncan McKellar scored the game-winner at 1:08 of overtime


Air Force sweeps 13th-ranked Niagara with 6-1 win

Adam McKenzie had four points; Ben Persian had two goals


Falcons host #13 Niagara in final AHA regular-season series

Air Force is in second place in the AHA while Niagara has already clinched the regular-season title


Air Force sweeps Canisius with 3-2 win

Scott Holm scored two goals and Ben Persian scored one in 3-2 victory


De Laurell scores twice in 2-2 overtime tie with Mercyhurst

AFA remains in third place in Atlantic Hockey; one point behind second-place Mercyhurst

2010-11 (Junior)

Second-team all-AHA selection ... Played in all 39 games and led the team with 16 goals ... Second on the team with 30 points ... Tied for the team lead among the forwards with +13 ... Tied for sixth in the league in goals and tied for 13th in points in all games ... In AHA games, tied for third in the league with 14 goals and fifth in points with 26 ... 15 even-strength goals led the team ... Three points in the Army series, including two points (1-1-2) in the 3-3 overtime tie on Jan. 20 ... Three points in the Canisius series, including two points (1-1-2) and the game-winner in the 3-0 win on Jan. 29 ... Five-game point scoring streak, tied as his longest of the season, ended vs. RIT, Feb. 4 ... Season high four points (2-2-4), the second most of his career against Mercyhurst, Feb. 17 ... Scored a goal in each game, including the game-winner vs. Mercyhurst, in the AHA Final Four.

2010-11 (Sophomore)

Played in 37 of the 38 games ... Third on the team with 11 goals ... Fourth on the team with 29 points ... Tied for second on the team with two game-winners ... Named to the Kendall Classic (Anchorage, Alaska) all-tournament team as he scored two points (1-1-2) against Alaska-Fairbanks ... Career-best five points (2-3-5) in the win over AIC, Oct. 23 ... Scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 3:20 left in the third period in the 4-3 win over RIT, Nov. 7 ... Tied his career best with three assists at UConn, Jan. 22 ... Scored the game-winning goal with 1:17 remaining in AFA's 5-3 win at Mercyhurst, Feb. 18 ... Four points (2-2-4) in the AHA Quarterfinals vs. Sacred Heart, March 11-12.

2009-10 (Freshman)

Played in 34 games and had five goals and eight assists for 13 points ... Third on the team among the freshmen in points ... 10th in scoring overall on the team ... In his third career series, had six points (1-5-6) in the sweep of RIT ... Career-best three assists in the first game on Oct. 23 ... One goal and two assists in the second game ... Career-best two goals, including the game-winner, in the 6-3 win over Sacred Heart, Feb. 26.

Before Air Force

Played for coach Pat Cullen and the Owatonna Express of the NAHL ... Played 34 games for the Express and had 33 points (11-22-33) ... His +13 was second on the team while his five power-play goals were third ... Helped lead the team to the NAHL second round of the playoffs ... Led his team with five playoff goals and was second on the team with six playoff points in nine games ... Graduated from Eden Prairie High School ... Lettered three years in hockey.


Member of Cadet Squadron 19 ... Parents are Norm and Stacy Kruse ... Has two siblings ... Major is management ... Would like to work in the acquisitions career field after graduation ... Long-term goal is to start his own sporting goods business ... This past summer, spent three weeks in Nerja, Spain, on the Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program, taking classes and learning about the Spanish culture ... Favorite sport other than hockey is golf ... Something not many people know about him is that he can play the piano ... One word to describe himself is "dedicated" ... Hometown of Eden Prairie was named the No. 1 Best Place to Live in 2010 and No. 3 in 2012 by Forbes and Money magazine ... Started skating when he was two and a half years old ... Favorite team is the Minnesota Wild ... Favorite player is Pavel Datsyuk.

2009-10 34 5 8 13
2010-11 37 11 18 29
2011-12 39 16 14 30
Totals 110 32 40 72
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