Dwight Foster (ice hockey)

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Dwight Foster
Born (1957-04-02) 2 April 1957 (age 62)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Played for Boston Bruins
Colorado Rockies
New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 16th overall, 1977
Boston Bruins
WHA Draft 10th overall, 1977
Houston Aeros
Playing career 1977–1987

Dwight Alexander Foster (born 2 April 1957) is a Canadian retired ice hockey player. He was drafted to the National Hockey League (NHL) in the first round, 16th overall in 1977 by the Boston Bruins. Besides Boston, he played for the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings, before retiring in 1987 because of knee injuries.

Biography[edit]

Foster was born in Toronto, Ontario; as a youth, he played in the 1968 and 1969 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with minor ice hockey teams from Toronto.[1]

Having led the tough Ontario Hockey League in scoring, Foster was a highly rated prospect going into the 1977 NHL Entry Draft; the New York Islanders seriously considered selecting him 15th overall, but settled on future Hall Of Fame forward Mike Bossy instead.[2] Foster was known as a strong defensive forward with marginal offensive ability (his OHL scoring title notwithstanding), while Bossy was a prolific scorer who was not very physical. In the end, Islanders coach Al Arbour convinced general manager Bill Torrey that he should pick Bossy, arguing that it was easier to teach a scorer how to check.

Foster went next to Boston; that same year, he helped Team Canada win the silver medal at the World Junior Championships.

A solid two-way centre, Foster would play in the NHL until 1987, finishing with 274 points in 541 career games.

Foster is a father of four: Dwayne, Peter, Alex and Genevieve. Foster's son Alex is also a professional ice hockey player. Foster's son Peter got a scholarship to the United States Air Force as a goaltender, played for four years and is now stationed in Boston, Massachusetts, with the Air Force.

Team records[edit]

  • 1976–77: Most points – Kitchener Rangers (143)
  • 1976–77: Most assists – Kitchener Rangers (83)
  • All-time most points – Kitchener Rangers (382)
  • Most goals in a game – Kitchener Rangers 1976–77 (5)

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Kitchener Rangers OHA 67 23 32 55 61
1974–75 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 70 39 51 90 88
1975–76 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 61 36 58 94 110 8 4 6 10 28
1976–77 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 64 60 83 143 88 3 2 4 6 2
1976–77 Team Canada WJC 7 2 5 7 4
1977–78 Boston Bruins NHL 14 2 1 3 6
1977–78 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 3 3 2
1978–79 Boston Bruins NHL 44 11 13 24 14 11 1 3 4 0
1978–79 Rochester Americans AHL 21 11 18 29 8
1979–80 Boston Bruins NHL 57 10 28 38 42 9 3 5 8 2
1979–80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 7 1 3 4 2
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 77 24 28 52 62 3 1 1 2 0
1981–82 Colorado Rockies NHL 70 12 19 31 41
1982–83 Wichita Wind CHL 2 0 1 1 2
1982–83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 17 22 39 58
1983–84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 9 12 21 50 3 0 1 1 0
1984–85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 16 16 32 56 3 0 0 0 0
1985–86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 55 6 12 18 48
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 13 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 2 2
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 47 4 12 16 37 3 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 541 111 163 274 420 35 5 12 17 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  2. ^ Good and lucky at NHL draft http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Draft/2012/06/19/19897566.html

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Preceded by
Clayton Pachal
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Al Secord