Lyndon Byers

Lyndon Svi Byers (born February 29, 1964) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. Byers played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for parts of ten seasons with the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. He was known as an "enforcer" or "goon" . He is currently a radio personality on Boston rock station WAAF (FM). He is the cousin of Dane Byers On September 3rd 2019 LB as he is known by fans of WAAF walked out of the radio station apparently unhappy with the new direction of the programming with the moving of the Hillman show to WEEI .

Lyndon Byers
Born (1964-02-29) February 29, 1964
Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 39th overall, 1982
Boston Bruins
Playing career 19841995

Playing career

Born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Byers spent a year with the Notre Dame Hounds before beginning his major junior career in 1981 with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The following year, the Boston Bruins selected him with a second-round pick (39th overall) at the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.[1] His gritty style earned him a spot with Team Canada at the 1984 World Junior Championships in Nyköping, Sweden. Byers showed promise by scoring 32 goals in each of the next two seasons with Regina, but it was his 153 and 154 penalty minutes in each of those seasons that would be a better measure of his future professional career.

Joining the Bruins at the end of the 1983–84 season, he scored two goals and four assists for six points while amassing 32 PIMs. Bouncing back and forth between the parent club and the minors, his best statistical season came in 1987–88, when he registered 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points while amassing 249 penalty minutes in 53 games.

Byers signed as a free-agent with the San Jose Sharks on November 7, 1992, where he finished his NHL career in 1992–93, before ending his professional playing career with the International Hockey League (IHL)'s Minnesota Moose in 1994–1995. He scored 28 goals and 43 assists for 71 points and amassed 1,081 PIMs in 279 NHL games over ten seasons.

Entertainment career

Shortly after his playing career, Byers returned to the Boston area and became a member of the Hill Man Morning Show on radio station WAAF-FM, where he was an on air personality and sports specialist for 23 years before the show ended. Byers moved to the afternoon slot along with Co-host Mike Hsu. On September 3, 2019 Buyers unexpectedly quit the Hsu & LB show in a tearful goodbye that he gave on the air seconds before walking out of the studio.[2]

Byers has made several appearances on the FX dramedy Rescue Me with well-known Bruins fan Denis Leary, as well as fellow former Bruins Cam Neely and Phil Esposito. He had a cameo appearance in the films Shallow Hal and Stuck On You as well. He was also featured on the Season One finale of Bar Rescue on Spike TV. Byers and Neely also appeared in the music video for the song Hole Hearted by Boston hard rock group Extreme.

DUI convictions

In January 1989, while out of the Bruins' lineup with a back injury, Byers was arrested by Boston Police and charged with speeding, failure to drive within marked lanes, and driving under the influence of alcohol.[3] Byers was arrested for another drunk driving offense in 1998, leading to a 60-day prison sentence which was served in 2003. Byers was suspended without pay from his radio job at WAAF following his conviction.[4]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Notre Dame Hounds SMHL 37354277106
1981–82 Regina Pats WHL 57182543169 20561148
1982–83 Regina Pats WHL 70323870153 511216
1983–84 Regina Pats WHL 58325789154
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 1024632
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 33381141
1984–85 Hershey Bears AHL 27461055
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 50229
1985–86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 1424626
1985–86 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 802222
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 1823553 10000
1986–87 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 27551063
1987–88 Boston Bruins NHL 53101424236 1112362
1987–88 Maine Mariners AHL 201118
1988–89 Boston Bruins NHL 49044218 20000
1988–89 Maine Mariners AHL 41342
1989–90 Boston Bruins NHL 43448159 1710112
1990–91 Boston Bruins NHL 1922482 100010
1991–92 Boston Bruins NHL 31112129 500012
1991–92 Maine Mariners AHL 1154947
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 18415122
1992–93 Kansas City Blades IHL 411222
1992–93 San Diego Gulls IHL 903335
1993–94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 31358176 10004
1994–95 Minnesota Moose IHL 710116
NHL totals 279 28 43 71 1081 37 2 2 4 96

References

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