Dwight Foster (ice hockey)
Dwight Alexander Foster (born 2 April 1957) is a Canadian retired ice hockey player. He was drafted to the National Hockey League (NHL) in the first round, 16th overall in 1977 by the Boston Bruins. Besides Boston, he played for the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings, before retiring in 1987 because of knee injuries.
Foster was born in Toronto, Ontario. Having led the tough Ontario Hockey League in scoring, Foster was a highly rated prospect going into the 1977 NHL Entry Draft. The New York Islanders seriously considered selecting him 15th overall, but settled on future Hall Of Fame forward Mike Bossy instead. Foster was known as a strong defensive forward with marginal offensive ability (his OHL scoring title notwithstanding), while Bossy was a prolific scorer who was not very physical. In the end, Islanders coach Al Arbour convinced general manager Bill Torrey that he should pick Bossy, arguing that it was easier to teach a scorer how to check.
A solid two-way centre, Foster would play in the NHL until 1987, finishing with 274 points in 541 career games.
Foster is a father of four: Dwayne, Peter, Alex and Genevieve. Foster's son Alex is also a professional ice hockey player. Foster's son Peter got a scholarship to the United States Air Force as a goaltender, played for four years and is now stationed in Boston, Massachusetts, with the Air Force.
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|1985–86||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||55||6||12||18||48||–||–||–||–||–|
- Good and lucky at NHL draft http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Draft/2012/06/19/19897566.html
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Boston Bruins first round draft pick