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TODD AND KIM KRYGIER outlined a few simple requests of their five children when they signed them up for athletic teams in Novi, Mich. Work hard. Compete. Strive to be better people than athletes. The formula led to NCAA Division I opportunities for all five Krygier children. And the youngest of the bunch, 17-year-old twins Christian and Cole, have created enough buzz in the hockey world to potentially follow in the footsteps of their father in the National Hockey League. Christian and Cole Krygier, second-year defensemen for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, represented their country in August at the prestigious Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and recently earned invitations to play in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo. Both events serve as key early-season evaluations for the 2018 NHL Draft. " We don't live our lives through our kids," said Todd Krygier, who scored 100 goals in a career that spanned 543 NHL games with Hartford, Washington and Anaheim. "We support them and enjoy them and we're proud of all of them for what they've done in sports and academics, but it's up to them to accomplish what they're going to do. We never put a huge emphasis on them playing Division I. It just kind of happened because their sports have been their passions." Brock Krygier played three seasons of hockey at Michigan State and a fourth at Arizona State while pursuing a post-grad- uate degree. Natalie Krygier played one season of soccer at the University of Connecticut and three at the University of Iowa, and Grace recently began her freshman season of soccer at the University of Wisconsin, where the twins will play following their stints in the USHL. 28 // NOVEMBER 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Krygier Brothers Out To Make A Name For Themselves As They Follow In Their Dad's NHL Footsteps BY JIM LEITNER

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