Byron Froese
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Byron Froese


Winkler Manitoba

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4th round (119th overall), 2009


191 lbs.

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2007-08: Byron Froese played in the Manitoba AAA Midget League for the Pembina Valley Hawks. In 23 games, Froese scored 14 goals while adding 20 assists, and logged 8 penalty minutes.

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Froese played in 72 games for the Everett Silvertips. He scored 19 goals and added 38 assists while picking up 30 penalty minutes. Froese was a -13 player for the season. In the playoffs, Froese played in five games, notching three assists and four penalty minutes in the series.

2009-10: Froese centered the top line for the Everett Silvertips, skating in 70 games and scoring 29 goals, 32 assists. He added 3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points in 7 playoff games.

2010-11: An off-season trade sent Froese to Red Deer for his third WHL season. The top line center for the Rebels, Froese finished first on the team with 43 goals and finished third on the team with 81 points in 70 regular season games. He added 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points in 9 playoff games.

2011-12: Froese spent the bulk of his first pro season with AHL Rockford; appearing in three games with the Blackhawks' ECHL affiliate Toledo at the end of October before returning to the IceHogs for the remainder of the season. Playing in a lower line role for the IceHogs, he scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was minus-ten with 17 penalty minutes in 57 games. In three ECHL games with the Walleye he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was plus-two with 2 penalty minutes. He did not see any post-season play as both Rockford and Toledo failed to make the playoffs in their respective leagues.

2012-13: Froese finished the year with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford after playing with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye during the NHL lockout. He missed time in mid-season due to a broken wrist. Froese had 2 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in nine AHL games. He scored 12 goals with 21 assists and was +11 with 12 penalty minutes skating in 38 games for Toledo and re-joined the Walleyes for their playoff series against Cincinnati. In six playoff games he scored 2 goals with 4 assists.


Talent Analysis

Froese is a hard working defensive forward.  He's not big, nor does he have great puck skills, but he does his job. Plays physically.



Froese will likely see more ice time in a checking-line capacity with Rockford in the 2013-14 season, but another stint in Toledo is a possibility.


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