Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien was born March 27, 1985 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The eighth round, 245th overall selection of the Chicago Blackhawks, Byfuglien is a graduate of the WHL's Prince George Cougars and Brandon Wheat Kings.

A hulking defenseman with offensive skills, Byfuglien played three seasons in the WHL registering 142 points (48-94-142) before going on to make his professional debut with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals in 2005-06. Despite spending the majority of the season in the AHL, Byfuglien impressed the Blackhawk brass enough to warrant some game action with the parent club in Chicago.

With the Blackhawks, Byfuglien would move from defense to the wing and quickly establish himself as one of the strongest power forwards in the NHL. Tipping the scales at over 250 pounds "Big Buff" as his teammates call him is a heavy load to move from the front of the net.

In 2007-08 Byfuglien would score 19 goals for the Blackhawks and he followed that up with 15 goals the following year.

The 2009-10 season was a great one for the Chicago Blackhawks, the club finished second in the Western Conference and began the playoffs as a Stanley Cup favorite. The Hawks survived a first round scare from the Nashville Predators, a hard fought battle with the Vancouver Canucks and steamrolled over the San Jose Sharks en route to the Stanley Cup Final where they would take on the upstart Philadelphia Flyers.

The Blackhawks would defeat the Flyers in six games, winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 1961, with Byfuglien playing a key role. His physical presence in the corners and in front of the opposition net were difficult to defend and his 11 goals in 22 playoff games were among the team leaders.

With the cup celebration seemingly still in full-swing, the Blackhawks began to shed salary and Byfuglien would be one of the casualties. On June 23, 2010 he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers as part of a multi-player deal.

Prior to the 2011-12 season, Byfuglien and the rest of the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg to form the Winnipeg Jets.

During the 2013-14 season, Byfuglien would record his second career 20-goal campaign. He would also add 36 assists for a career-high 56 points. He would follow that up with seasons of 18 and 19 goals respectively in 2015 and 2016.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2001-02 Chicago Mission MAHL 52 32 30 62 40
2001-02 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 8 1 1 2 4 +1
2002-03 Prince George Cougars WHL 48 9 28 37 74 +10 5 1 3 4 12
2003-04 Prince George Cougars WHL 66 16 29 45 137 -1
2004-05 Prince George Cougars WHL 64 22 36 58 184 -5
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 25 3 2 5 24 -6
2005-06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 53 8 15 23 75 -1 4 1 2 3 4
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 1 2 3 10 -2
2006-07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 63 16 28 44 146 +12 6 0 2 2 18
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 67 19 17 36 59 -7
2007-08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 8 2 5 7 25 +6
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 15 16 31 81 +7 17 3 6 9 26
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 17 17 34 94 -7 22 11 5 16 20
2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 20 33 53 93 -2
2011-12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 12 41 53 72 -8
2012-13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 43 8 20 28 34 -1
2013-14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 20 36 56 86 -20
2014-15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 18 27 45 124 +5 4 0 1 1 4
2015-16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 81 19 34 53 119 +4
2016-17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 13 39 52 117 +10
NHL Totals 758 165 284 449 913 43 14 12 26 50


AHL Second All-Star Team (2007) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2015, 2016) Traded to Atlanta by Chicago with Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu for Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb, Jeremy Morin and New Jersey's 1st (previously acquired, Chicago selected Kevin Hayes) and 2nd (previously acquired, Chicago selected Justin Holl) round picks in 2010 NHL Draft, June 24, 2010. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011.
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