New Canaan High School is home to not only some of the most dedicated athletes, but it's also a magnet for dedicated fans. In our new column, Tracking Our Talent, we track down former NCHS athletes who now play at the collegiate level. Today's athlete is Peter Krieger.
Krieger was a three-year starter in hockey and co-captain of the 2007 FCIAC finalist team. He was also a starter in baseball in his final two years of high school. In his senior year, he was named in "Top Ten To Watch" according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Krieger hit over .300 in both seasons with NCHS and was named All-FCIAC East as both a junior and senior. He was also named All-State by the Hartford Courant.
Name: Peter Krieger
NCHS Class: 2007
Varsity Team(s): Hockey and baseball.
Class : 2011
Most memorable or fondest sports moment as a Ram:
"There were two that stood out," says Krieger. "Number one would have to be our 2007 hockey team which lost the first eight games and then came back to make it into the playoffs where we beat Darien in the semifinals and then lost a heartbreaker in the championship game to Ridgefield, 3-2, in overtime. " His second most memorable moment was being part of the Rams baseball team that won the FCIAC title for the first time in 17 years during his senior year.
What do you miss most about NCHS?:
"I miss my teammates and I also miss hockey Coach Bo Hickey. He was always there for us, especially when we opened the '07 hockey season with eight straight losses. He never panicked and neither did we. I learned a lot from him. I even miss the early morning hockey practices and of course the games and tournaments. I really look forward to the annual alumni game against the varsity when I get together with all my teammates again."
Biggest adjustment from NCHS to college:
"I'd have to say time management. Unlike high school, each day in college is different with classes ending at different times and practices as well." Krieger added, "As far as sports are concerned, the biggest adjustment was the overall dedication to stay focused and getting accustomed to college pitching."
College varsity sport (years):
Peter is a rising senior, who at 6-foot-3-inches and 215 pounds will be playing in his final season next spring. He's been a starter since his freshman year, having made the shift from first base at NCHS to right field at Denison. He is playing in the Atlantic Coast League this summer,which is comprised of talented collegians.
Got any summer plans?:
"I'm working at Bobby Valentine's Baseball Academy this summer with Rams Coach Mitch Hoffman at Mead Park and training on my own."