Todd Krygier was a feisty left-winger who could check and score. He was a useful role player who suited up for over 500 games for three teams in the 1990s.
Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, Krygier played at the University of Connecticut from 1984 to 1988. He was placed on the NCAA East Second All-American Team in 1987 after scoring 48 points in 28 games for the Huskies. A year later he was taken 16th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1988 Supplemental Draft.
Krygier enjoyed a solid rookie year as a pro with the AHL's Binghamton Whalers in 1988-89. The next season he showed his was ready for the NHL in training camp and scored 30 points in 58 games. The hard working forward was traded to the Washington Capitals prior to the 1990-91 season and was a useful role player there for three years. Krygier's tenacity was also sought by the U.S. team at the 1991 and 1992 World Championships.
He was sent to Anaheim in February 1995 where he scored 22 points in 35 games in the lockout-shortened season. Krygier was re-acquired by the Caps at 1995-96 trade deadline and moved into a solid grinding role on one of the league's most skilled teams. He also played for the U.S. when the Stars 'n' Stripes finished sixth at the 1997 World Championships. In 1998 he played 13 playoff games while helping the team reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in its history. Krygier spent the 1998-99 and '99-'00 seasons with the IHL's Orlando Solar Bears.