One thing Dustin Byfuglien can never be accused of is being underdressed. In true form, he was prepared for the glamour of All-Star Weekend by bringing a pair of custom neon skates to Columbus which were produced for him by the Winnipeg-based company, VH Footwear.
The neon striped skates earned plenty of play around the dressing room and in the media as the only uniquely themed blades at the event.
Byfuglien laced up his stylish skates on Sunday for the main event of All-Star Weekend at Nationwide Arena as he and his Team Foligno teammates took on Team Toews in the NHL All-Star Game. The predictably high scoring affair ended in a 17-11 final in favour of Team Toews, giving the two All-Star squads a split between the Skills Competition and the Game.
With a deft first period pass, Byfuglien recorded his only point of the game by setting up All-Star MVP Ryan Johansen with one of his two goals. A misleading aspect of the All-Star Game was that Byfuglien didn’t get a chance to show off his booming point shot or physical presence.
The smile on his face in the dressing room after the game aptly expressed his feelings about All-Star Weekend. Along with being honoured by the selection, the recognition was a reminder to the big defenceman of how well he and his team have been playing this season. Byfuglien took time to see off his all-star colleague by wishing them well while saying he can’t wait to see them later in the season. For his former Blackhawk teammates, that will come sooner rather than later as the Jets host Chicago on Feb. 6 at MTS Centre.
After packing his bag which he’ll lug to Pittsburgh today, he finally had the chance to meet up with his family and friends after the game. His entourage for the weekend included his wife Emily, and his mom Cheryl Byfuglien, pictured below. On the subject of never being underdressed, check out the jacket.
Byfuglien will now catch a ride to Pittsburgh where his teammates practice today in preparation for their game on Tuesday night at CONSOL Energy Center. The Jets resume their regular season schedule with a solid hold on the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference. Winnipeg has earned a record of 26-14-8 to this point in the season and were riding a five-game winning streak heading into the NHL All-Star Break.