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#34 – Dane Byers – Left Wing Shoots: Left – 6’3”, 204 lbs
Born: 1/7/87 – Birthplace: Owen Sound, Ontario – Years Pro: 6
2010-11 Season: Was captain of the Hartford Wolf Pack before being acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets and assigned to Springfield. Acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets from the NY Rangers in exchange for Chad Kolarik on November 11, 2010. Scored the clinching goal in the shootout and added one assist in his Falcons debut on 11-13-10 at Hartford. Scored two goals on 11-20-10 at Syracuse. Collected two assists on 11-28-10 vs. Wilkes-Barre. Scored his third goal of the year with Springfield on 12-8-10 at Bridgeport. Scored two goals and added one assist on 12-17-10 at Bridgeport. Scored two goals and added one assist earning the game’s first star on 1-23-11. Played in his 300th pro game on 2-12-11. Played in his 300th AHL game on 2-23-11 scoring one goal. Was traded by Columbus to Phoenix on February 28, 2011 and finished the year in San Antonio.
2009-10 Season: Set a career high in goals (25) and points (51) last year with Hartford.
2008-09 Season: Had his season cut short due to injury collecting four goals and three assists in just nine games.
Career Notes: Has reached the 20-goal plateau twice in his first four full professional seasons. Byers scored his first NHL goal on October 30, 2009, against Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.
DRAFTED: NY Rangers round two (48th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
ACQUIRED: Signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets as a free agent on July 11, 2011.