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North Dakota forward Danny Kristo announced Tuesday that he will return for his senior season in 2012-13 instead of signing with the Montreal Canadiens.

A second-round pick of the Canadiens in the 2008 NHL draft, Kristo enjoyed the best season of his collegiate career in 2011-12, achieving career highs in points (45), goals (19), assists (team-leading 26), game-winning goals (3) and plus/minus (+16).

UND’s leading active scorer with 109 points (42 goals, 67 assists) in 117 career games, Kristo finished ninth in the WCHA scoring race last season and became the 84th player in program history to amass 100 career points when he scored twice in a 4-2 win over Minnesota State on March 2.

Kristo will enter the 2012-13 season as the leading active scorer among WCHA forwards.