Listed at 6’5″ 260lbs, Dustin Byfuglien is one of the biggest players in the NHL. Once in a while Buff displays his Super Human Strength on the ice turning an opponent into a crash test dummy. The highlights below are just some examples from the 2014-15 season.
On Saturday night vs. the LA Kings the Roseau, MN native took out Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, in what looked like the flick of a finger.
Routine body-checks become violent collisions due to Byfuglien’s size combined with the speed he can generate while on the ice. Number 33 is often called for penalties that are a direct result of him being much bigger than his opponents. On the play above Big Buff got two minutes for hooking.
Back in October one of the loudest cheers at the MTS Centre was after Byfuglien flattened Tyson Barrie and then dropped an incoming Avalanche player looking to defend his teammate. Buff was sent to the penalty box for two minutes for “roughing”.
Earlier in December the recently named NHL All Star injured Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund after hip tossing him into the boards. Buff received two minutes for interference, Granlund received a broken wrist and a minimum 4 weeks on the injured list.
Dustin Byfuglien has elevated his play since being moved to defense and plays like the ones above are just some of the reasons why he is a favourite among Jets fans often bringing the MTS Centre crowd to it’s feet.