Kristo pumped for Bulldogs debut

Posted By: Chantal Desjardins · 4/4/2013 7:02:00 PM

One day after signing a two year entry level contract with the Montreal Canadiens, 22-year-old forward Danny Kristo reported for duty with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

 “It was good, I actually flew in this morning to San Antonio and met the guys at the rink and got my medicals and stuff done before practice. So it was my first practice to get out there and meet the guys. It was exciting.”

 He expects to lace up with his new team as soon as tomorrow night when the Bulldogs take on the Rampage.

 In 40 games with North Dakota University this season, Kristo collected 52 points and finished tied for second in the NCAA in goals and points. But the Minnesota native admits there will be a period of adjustment before achieving success at the AHL level.

“Just adjusting to the different play style. Obviously at school, things came easy for me and I was pretty comfortable and had really good linemates. Just adjusting to new players here and new coaches and a different game. It’s going to faster and everyone is going to be bigger and stronger.”

 And while his ultimate goal would be to get the call up to the Habs at some point this season, Kristo says he’s taking things one step at a time.

 “Definitely it would be very nice, but I can’t think about that now. I just have to go out and get better day by day, work hard and try to perform.”

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