Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Bylsma
Right-winger Dan Bylsma was a committed defensive player who hoped to help the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim return to the playoffs in 2001-02. He was a proficient penalty killer who worked diligently up and down his wing and along the boards. The unselfish team player also sacrificed his body on a regular basis and was considered the team's best shot blocker.

Born in Grand Haven, Michigan, Bylsma played Junior B in Ontario with the Oakville Blades and St. Mary's Lincolns. He then accepted a scholarship to Bowling Green University where he excelled for four seasons. Following a solid freshman season, Bylsma was chosen 109th overall by the Winnipeg Jets at the Entry Draft.

During his first pro season he averaged a point per game for the ECHL's Greensboro Monarchs. The hard-working forward toiled in the AHL and ECHL in 1993-94 and then signed as a free agent with the L.A. Kings. Bylsma was recalled for four NHL contests in 1995-96 but spent most of his first two years in the organization with the IHL's Phoenix Roadrunners.

Beginning in 1996-97, Bylsma was a regular with the Kings in three of the next four seasons. He performed yeomen service in the corners and unselfishly shadowed the top offensive players on the opposition. He signed as a free agent with Anaheim in July 2000 and since his arrival has been a tireless worker for the club, that went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2003, only to lose a hard-fought seven-game series to the New Jersey Devils.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Oakville Blades ON-Jr.B 10 4 9 13 21
1986-87 St. Mary's Lincolns ON-Jr.B 27 14 28 42 21
1987-88 St. Mary's Lincolns ON-Jr.B 40 30 39 69 33 8 8 18 26
1988-89 Bowling Green University CCHA 32 3 7 10 10
1989-90 Bowling Green University CCHA 44 13 17 30 30
1990-91 Bowling Green University CCHA 40 9 12 21 48
1991-92 Bowling Green University CCHA 34 11 14 25 24
1992-93 Greensboro Monarchs ECHL 60 25 35 60 66 1 0 1 1 10
1992-93 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1993-94 Greensboro Monarchs ECHL 25 14 16 30 52
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 3 0 1 1 2
1993-94 Moncton Hawks AHL 50 12 16 28 25 21 3 4 7 31
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 81 19 23 42 41 9 4 4 8 4
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 78 22 20 42 48 4 1 0 1 2
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 3 6 9 32 -15
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 3 9 12 33 +9 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 8 2 3 5 0 +2
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 0 0 0 2 -1
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 2 0 2 2 2 +3
1998-99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 58 10 8 18 53 +5 4 0 0 0 8
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 64 3 6 9 55 -2 3 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 6 0 3 3 2 +2
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 2 1 1 2 2 0
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 1 9 10 22 -12
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 77 8 9 17 28 +5
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 39 1 4 5 12 -1 11 0 1 1 2
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 11 0 0 0 0 -3
2003-04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 36 3 3 6 53 -12 8 1 1 2 4
NHL Totals 429 19 43 62 184 16 0 1 1 2


Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 7, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 13, 2000.
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to knee (January 28, 2003 vs. San Jose) and head (February 9, 2003 vs. Carolina) injuries.
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