Byron Dafoe

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Byron Dafoe
Born (1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 43)
Worthing, England, GBR
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Washington Capitals
Los Angeles Kings
Boston Bruins
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft 35th overall, 1989
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1991–2004

Byron Dafoe (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian [1] former National Hockey League goaltender. He was born in Worthing, England, United Kingdom and moved to Comox, British Columbia with his mother at the age of two months old. Between 1992 and 2004, he played for the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings and Atlanta Thrashers.

Playing career[edit]

Dafoe was drafted 35th overall in the 2nd round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals and made his NHL debut in the 1992-93 season. Dafoe also played for the Capitals in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. In 1995, Dafoe joined the Los Angeles Kings, with whom he stayed for two seasons before being traded to the Boston Bruins in 1997.

In the following two season, Dafoe helped the Bruins back to the playoffs, winning a postseason series in 1999. He finished third in voting for the Vezina Trophy and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team, edging out Curtis Joseph in the voting. Due to a contract dispute with Bruins General Manager Harry Sinden, he was a holdout for part of the 1999–2000 season and suffered injuries during it, so he never regained his previous form.

In 2002, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers. Byron Dafoe retired from professional hockey following the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

Outside of the NHL, Dafoe has played for WHL sides Portland Winter Hawks (1986–1990) and Prince Albert Raiders (1990–1991), ECHL side Hampton Roads Admirals, AHL sides Baltimore Skipjacks (1991–1992 and 1992–1993), New Haven Nighthawks (1992) and Portland Pirates (1993–1994 and 1994–1995), and IHL side Phoenix Roadrunners. He was voted a First Team AHL All-Star in 1993-94 and won a Calder Cup championship that season with the Portland Pirates.

During Dafoe's time with the Winter Hawks, he had an on-ice fistfight with Tri-City Americans goaltender Olaf Kölzig, someone with whom he would go on to have a friendly rivalry in the NHL—so friendly that they served as each other's best man when they got married. He and Kolzig also had a "friendly" fight later in their NHL careers on November 28, 1998 when the Boston Bruins took on the Washington Capitals. During the game, a fight broke out that was so violent and all encompassing, the goalies (Dafoe and Kolzig) also got caught up in it. The fight between the goalies was primarily comedic, with both Dafoe and Kolzig laughing as they landed punches.

Along with fellow NHLers Kölzig and Scott Mellanby, Dafoe is a founder of Athletes Against Autism, as his son has autism.

Dafoe and his family currently reside in Kelowna, BC.

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Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1988–89 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 59 29 24 3 3279 291 1 5.32 18 10 8 1091 81 1 4.45
1989–90 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 40 14 21 3 2265 193 0 5.11
1990–91 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 8 1 5 1 414 41 0 5.94
1990–91 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 32 13 12 4 1839 124 0 4.04
1991–92 Hampton Roads Admirals ECHL 10 6 4 0 562 26 0 2.78 18 10 8 1091 81 1 4.45
1991–92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 33 12 16 4 1847 119 0 3.86
1991–92 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 7 3 2 1 364 22 0 3.63
1992–93 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
1992–93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 48 16 20 7 2617 191 1 4.38 5 2 3 241 22 0 5.47
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 5 2 2 0 230 13 0 3.39 2 0 2 118 5 0 2.54
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 47 24 16 4 2661 148 1 3.34 1 0 0 8 1 0 7.50
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 4 1 1 1 187 11 0 3.53 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 6 5 0 0 330 16 0 2.91 7 3 4 417 29 0 4.17
1994–95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 49 25 16 - 2744 169 2 3.70
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 14 24 8 2666 172 1 3.87
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 40 13 17 5 2162 112 0 3.11
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 65 30 25 9 3693 138 6 2.24 6 2 4 422 14 1 1.99
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 68 32 23 11 4001 133 10 1.99 12 6 6 768 26 2 2.03
1999–2000 Boston Bruins NHL 41 13 16 10 2307 114 3 2.96
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 45 22 14 7 2536 101 2 2.39
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 64 35 26 3 3827 141 4 2.21 6 2 4 358 19 0 3.18
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 17 5 11 1 895 65 0 4.36
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 4 11 1 973 51 0 3.14
NHL totals 415 171 170 56 23478 1051 26 2.68 27 10 16 1686 65 3 2.31

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