In light of the Bruins advancing to their first Eastern Conference Finals since 1992, today’s Memory Lane Monday features ex-Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe (aka “Lord Byron”). Dafoe minded the net for Boston from 1997-2002 after being traded away from the Los Angeles Kings.
Dafoe played a key role in helping the Bruins reach the playoffs in 1998, 1999, and 2002. In 1999, Dafoe finished third in voting for the Vezina Trophy and was named to the second All-Star team after posting 32 wins and a 1.99 GAA. He also recorded 10 shutouts in that season.
Dafoe missed much of the following season due to a contract dispute with Bruins GM Harry Sinden and was a holdout for the beginning of the season. Over the course of the next two seasons, Dafoe battled with injury problems and was never able to get back to his old form.
After the 2001-02 season, Dafoe signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers. He played there for two seasons and retired from the NHL after the lockout occurred. For his career, Dafoe finished with 171 wins, 170 losses, 26 shutouts, and a 2.68 GAA.
Currently, Dafoe resides in Kelowna, British Columbia with his family.
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