Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Byron Bitz
Byron Bitz was born on July 21, 1984 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Though he was drafted in 2003 by the Boston Bruins, Bitz instead decided to attend Cornell University, where he would have four solid seasons and be named captain his senior year.

Upon graduating from Cornell, Bitz spent a year in Providence of the AHL before making the jump to the NHL. In all, Bitz would appear in 35 games for Boston during the 2008-09 season, contributing at both ends of the ice.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, Bitz was traded to the Florida Panthers as part of a deal that saw Boston acquire Dennis Seidenberg.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2000-01 Saskatoon AAA Contacts SMBHL 40 17 35 52
2001-02 Saskatoon Contacts SMHL 41 25 48 73 69 11 12 10 22 9
2002-03 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 58 27 46 73 59
2003-04 Cornell Big Red ECAC 31 5 16 21 36
2004-05 Cornell Big Red ECAC 29 5 10 15 20
2005-06 Cornell Big Red ECAC 35 10 18 28 52
2006-07 Cornell Big Red ECAC 29 8 16 24 49
2007-08 Providence Bruins AHL 61 13 14 27 70 +11 10 1 1 2 6
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 35 4 3 7 18 0 5 1 1 2 2
2008-09 Providence Bruins AHL 37 3 7 10 68 -7
2009-10 Boston Bruins NHL 45 4 5 9 31 -9
2009-10 Florida Panthers NHL 7 1 1 2 2 +1
2010-11
2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 10 1 3 4 14 +2 1 0 0 0 15
2011-12 Chicago Wolves AHL 24 2 7 9 11 -4 3 0 1 1 2
2012-13
NHL Totals 97 10 12 22 65 6 1 1 2 17


Traded to Florida by Boston with Craig Weller and Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Florida selected Alexander Petrovic) in 2010 Entry Draft for Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski, March 3, 2010. Missed 2010-11 due to hernia surgery. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 26, 2011. Missed majority of 2011-12 and all of 2012-13 due to sports hernia injury and resulting surgery.