Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dwight Foster
Dwight Foster was a solid two-way centre who could be effective on both specialty teams. He was equally adept at scoring goals, setting up his teammates and winning faceoffs.

Foster was a junior scoring sensation for the OHA's Kitchener Rangers. After leading the league with 143 points in 1977, he was chosen 16th overall by the Boston Bruins at the Amateur Draft. That same year he helped Canada win the silver medal at the World Junior Championships. His biggest moment at the tournament was scoring the vital insurance goal during a 5-3 win over Sweden.

Foster spent most of the 1977-78 season in junior but did see action in 14 games for the Bruins. He gradually assumed greater responsibility over the next two seasons then broke through with 24 goals in 1980-81, his first injury-free season. Playing on a line with Rick Middleton and Stan Jonathan, Foster was a versatile worker with three goals each on the power play and while shorthanded. After the Minnesota North Stars in the first round of the playoffs eliminated the Bruins, Foster was not resigned.

He came to terms with the Colorado Rockies and scored 31 points in 1981-82. Throughout the year he was haunted by the fact that the Bruins switched first round picks with the Rockies as compensation for his signing. Colorado's poor season meant that Boston was in possession of the first overall pick at the 1982 Entry Draft.

Foster remained with the team when it relocated to New Jersey in 1982-83. Early in the season he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for cash. He was a solid all round player in Motown for parts of four seasons. In 1983-84 his strong defensive play helped the Red Wings make the playoffs for the first time in six years. Foster was traded to Boston in March 1986 and played the 1986-87 season there before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 67 23 32 55 61
1974-75 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 70 39 51 90 88
1975-76 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 61 36 58 94 110 8 4 6 10 28
1976-77 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 64 60 83 143 88 3 2 4 6 2
1976-77 Canada WJC-A 7 2 5 7 4
1977-78 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 61 36 58 94 110 8 4 6 10 28
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 14 2 1 3 6 +1
1977-78 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 3 3 2
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 44 11 13 24 14 -1 11 1 3 4 0
1978-79 Rochester Americans AHL 21 11 18 29 8
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 57 10 28 38 42 +23 9 3 5 8 2
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 7 1 3 4 2
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 77 24 28 52 62 +4 3 1 1 2 0
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 70 12 19 31 41 -53
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -1
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 2 0 1 1 2
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 17 22 39 58 -8
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 9 12 21 50 -4 3 0 1 1 0
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 16 16 32 56 +12 3 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 55 6 12 18 48 -13
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 13 0 0 0 4 -5 3 0 2 2 2
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 47 4 12 16 37 +1 3 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 541 111 163 274 420 35 5 12 17 4


Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 21, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey when Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Rights traded to Detroit by New Jersey for cash, October 29, 1982. Traded to Boston by Detroit for Dave Donnelly, March 11, 1986.