Byron Froese

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Byron Froese
Born (1991-03-12) March 12, 1991 (age 26)
Winkler, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 119th overall, 2009
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2011–present

Byron Froese (born March 12, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Froese was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

On May 31, 2011, the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL signed Froese to a three-year entry level contract.[1] He split the majority of his contract between affiliates, the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.

In the final year of his entry level deal with the Blackhawks in the 2013–14 season, he was reassigned from the IceHogs to the Cincinnati Cyclones, where he largely contributed to their Kelly Cup final appearance with 25 points in 23 games. As a free agent from the Blackhawks, Froese opted to remain with the Cyclones, signing a one-year deal on August 14, 2014.[2]

Froese was loaned by the Cyclones to the San Antonio Rampage to begin the 2014–15 season. After he was returned to Cincinnati, he was later loaned to the Toronto Marlies. In a successful stint with the Marlies, Froese was signed for the remainder of the season by the Marlies on January 7, 2015.[3]

On July 3, 2015, Froese was signed by the Marlies parent affiliate, the Toronto Maple Leafs, to a two-year entry-level contract.[4] Early into the 2015–16 season, Froese received his first recall from the Marlies to the NHL on October 23, 2015. On the following day, Froese made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs in a 5-3 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens. On December 19, 2015, Froese scored his first NHL goal against the Kings.[5] Froese would finish the season with just 5 points in 56 games, however he earned high praise from both coach Mike Babcock and the media for his great defensive play.

In the 2016–17 season, on February 27, 2017, Froese was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with a conditional second round draft choice in 2017 in exchange for center Brian Boyle.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Everett Silvertips WHL 72 19 38 57 30 5 0 3 3 4
2009–10 Everett Silvertips WHL 70 29 32 61 37 7 3 2 5 0
2010–11 Red Deer Rebels WHL 70 43 38 81 37 9 5 2 7 4
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 57 4 6 10 17
2011–12 Toledo Walleye ECHL 3 1 1 2 2
2012–13 Toledo Walleye ECHL 38 12 21 33 12 6 2 4 6 6
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 9 0 2 2 4
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 28 0 5 5 14
2013–14 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 25 11 10 21 20 23 8 17 25 20
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 3 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 17 8 16 24 14
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 46 18 24 42 26 5 1 3 4 4
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 4 3 0 3 0
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 2 3 5 16
2016–17 Toronto Marlies AHL 48 24 15 39 18
2016–17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 5
2016–17 Syracuse Crunch AHL 6 3 4 7 4
2016–17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 62 2 3 5 21

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada WJC18 4th 6 4 3 7 4
Junior totals 6 4 3 7 4

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