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HENDERSON (March 15, 2022) – Henderson Silver Knights General Manager Tim Speltz announced today, March 15, that the Henderson Silver Knights have signed forward Brandon Kruse to a professional tryout agreement.

Kruse, 23, is a fifth-round draft pick of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018. The Saline, Michigan native just completed his fifth season of NCAA hockey in 2021-22, posting three goals and 26 points in 38 games for Boston College. Kruse joined Boston College for one season as a graduate student after playing the previous four seasons at Bowling Green State University and serving as an assistant captain in 2020-21.

In 189 career NCAA games, Kruse totaled 41 goals and 168 points, as well as a plus-45 rating. The 5-foot-9 forward was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team in 2020-21, after being named to the Second All-Star Team in 2018-19. He was a member of the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2017-18.

Kruse ranked fifth in the NCAA in assists (23) and sixth in points (34) during the 2020-21 season with Bowling Green, and his plus-29 rating led the nation.

He will wear jersey number 78 with the Silver Knights.

Brandon Kruse, Forward
Hometown: Saline, Michigan
Height: 5-9
Weight: 162 lbs.
Age: 23

  • Signed professional tryout agreement with Henderson on March 15
  • Fifth-round draft pick (135th overall) of Golden Knights in 2018
  • Posted three goals and 26 points in 38 games with Boston College this season
  • Has totaled 41 goals and 168 points in 189 career NCAA games with Bowling Green and Boston College
  • WCHA First-Team All-Star in 2021, Second Team All-Star in 2019, and All-Rookie Team in 2018
  • Led NCAA with a plus-29 rating in 2020-21
  • 73rd player in Bowling Green program history to reach 100 points


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