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|1977 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
16 overall by Boston Bruins
Born April 2, 1957
||Position: Right Wing
Height: 5-10 Weight: 190
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships: 1977 (silver medal)
OMJHL Powers Trophy (Points Leader): 1976-77 (Kitchener) (143)
OMJHL All-Star Third Team: 1976-77 (Kitchener)
OMJHL All-Star Game: 1977
OMJHL Assists Leader: 1976-77 (Kitchener) (83 assists)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
OMJHL's No. 2 prospect for the 1977 NHL draft.
| Debut: October 13, 1977 (Atlanta at Boston)|
Numbers: 27, 20 (Boston);
Jersey); 20 (Detroit)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired September 1987
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
Boston, Colo./N.J., Detroit||541||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
1977-78: Played 14 regular-season games for Boston team that went to
1978 Stanley Cup Finals, but was not with team during playoffs.
Miscellaneous: Scored goal in his first NHL game. ... Missed most of 1977-78 season with torn cartilage in
left knee, an injury that required surgery on Nov. 10, 1977. The surgery ended
his season and required a follow-up operation during the summer of 1978. ...
Missed part of 1979-80 season with right knee injury that required
arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 20, 1979. He suffered the injury during Boston's
Oct. 18, 1979, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Suspended three games and fined
$1,000 during 1980-81 season for being first player to leave Boston bench
during Jan. 3, 1981, brawl at Colorado. The suspension and fine were later
overturned when video replays showed that Foster had only left the bench to
help Boston's trainer make his way to an injured player. ... Played on line
with Rick Middleton and Stan Jonathan for Boston in 1980-81. ... Missed parts
of 1981-82 season with separated shoulder, an injury suffered during
Colorado's Oct. 10, 1981, game vs. N.Y. Islanders, and with groin pull
suffered in January 1982. ... Was on Colorado team that relocated to New Jersey on
June 30, 1982. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with torn ligaments in right
ankle, an injury suffered while playing for New Jersey's CHL affiliate
(Wichita) on Oct. 27, 1982. ... Sold by New Jersey to Detroit for $1 on Oct.
29, 1982. New Jersey made the deal so it could unload his contract while he
was injured. ... Missed parts of 1983-84 season with damaged ligaments in
right knee, an injury suffered when he was cross-checked into the goalpost by
Greg Hotham during Detroit's Nov. 26, 1983, game at Pittsburgh, and with right
shoulder separation suffered during Detroit's Feb. 28, 1984, game at Quebec.
... Missed end of 1983-84 season and first game of 1984 playoffs after
re-injuring right shoulder during Detroit's March 24, 1984, game at Los
Angeles. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with hairline fracture of left
kneecap, an injury suffered during Detroit's Nov. 23, 1984, game vs. Toronto.
The injury required arthroscopic surgery in early January 1985, and he did not
return to action until Jan. 26, 1985. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with
knee injury suffered during Detroit's Jan. 5, 1986, game at Toronto. ...
Missed part of 1986-87 season with damage to cartilage in left knee, an injury
that required surgery in December 1986. ... Chose to retire after Boston did not offer him a contract
for 1987-88 season.
|Post-Draft Teams: Rochester (AHL); Binghamton (AHL); Wichita (CHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1977 (by Houston,
No. 10 overall in Round 1)
Miscellaneous: Was active in charity work
during his years in Detroit, working with his wife as a co-chairperson of the
1985 "Evening with the Red Wings" benefit that raised money for Easter Seals.
... Co-owned an automotive repair business in Kitchener, Ontario, with his
father during his playing days.
Personal: Nicknamed "Dewey." ...
Full name is Dwight Alexander Foster. ... Father of U.S. Junior A player Alex
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|RESTRICTED FREE AGENCY: Foster played out his option
with Boston in 1980-81, becoming a restricted free agent. As compensation for
signing Foster on July 21, 1981, Colorado gave Boston a 1982 second-round pick
(Brian Curran) and the option to switch 1982 first-round picks (Boston
exercised this option and selected Gord Kluzak, while New Jersey took Ken
Daneyko). Nearly five years later, Boston got Foster back
from Detroit for Dave Donnelly on March 11, 1986.||
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