The Winnipeg Jets hockey club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, is proud to announce that defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has been named the NHL ‘First Star’ of the Week ending Jan. 18/15.
Byfuglien, 29, helped Winnipeg to a 4-0-0 record last week on the strength of six points (3G, 3A) during the four-game winning streak. Byfuglien’s week included the game winning goal in a three-point night (2G, 1A) on Jan. 13 versus Florida (8-2 W). The defenceman also recorded two assists against his former team in Chicago on Jan. 16 as the Jets completed a three-game season sweep at United Center (4-2 W). Byfuglien led the Jets in ice time in each of the four games played last week, averaging 26:13 time on ice over that stretch.
In being honoured by the NHL, Byfuglien joins the Red Wings’ Tomas Tatar and Islanders’ Kyle Okposo, respectively named the second and third stars of the week.
Byfuglien, the Jets’ representative at the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, has collected 12 goals & 19 assists over 47 games played this season. Along with being tied for third on the Jets in goals (12), he leads the team in both hits (141) & shots (147).