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Froese, Byron

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-27-17 Bruins at Crunch

Syracuse punches their ticket for another trip to the Calder Cup Final.


Syracuse Wins the Series 4-1

Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. Without the usual aid of gobs of goal support, McKenna came up big to finish off the B's.

First Period
0:41 SYR Thomas (4), (Bournival, Condra)

Second Period
13:27 PRO Porter (5), (Fitzgerald)

Third Period
14:54 SYR Conacher (8), (Thomas, Taormina)
19:01 SYR Conacher (9), (Gourde, Dumont)(EN)

Cory Conacher, McKenna, and Byron Froese were the game's three stars.

Providence put up the kind of effort you'd have expected to see in Game Four, but they eventually met the same fate at the hands of Cory Conacher and the veteran-heavy Crunch. Up next? It'll be a rematch in the Calder Cup Final with the Grand Rapid Griffins, who defeated Syracuse in the 2012-2013 Final. Four years later, only Matt Taormina is on Syracuse's roster from that original squad, but it's still an opportunity for the Crunch and the Lightning organization to settle up with Grand Rapids.

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AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-5-17 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch win Game Uno on Cinco de Mayo.


Syracuse Leads the Series 1-0

Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:39 TOR Johnsson (2), (Nielsen, Moore)
14:40 SYR Condra (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

Second Period
16:15 SYR Froese (2), (Erne, Walcott)

Third Period
18:43 SYR Gourde (1), (Conacher, Condra)(EN)

Byron Froese, McKenna, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars. Froese, the ex-Marlie, with a first taste of vengeance against his ex-organization.

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AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-26-17 IceCaps at Crunch

Crunchning Death Star on the cusp of advancing.


Syracuse Leads the Series 2-1

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the pivotal Game Three victory.

First Period
11:30 SYR Vermin (1), (Howden, Ikonen)
13:28 SYR Condra (1), (McGinn, Taormina)

Second Period
12:17 STJ Redmond (1), (Hudon, Scherbak)(PP)
12:45 STJ Matteau (2), (Friberg, Lernout)
16:05 SYR Froese (1), (unassisted)

Third Period

Mike McKenna, Byron Froese, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars, as the vets continue to lead the way. That said, it should be noted that Brett Howden continues to be a contributor for the club since coming on board late in the regular season.

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AHL Game Night: 3-12-17 IceCaps at Crunch

Syracuse rallies for a point.

SYR-2 (OT)

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss and is still looking for his first win with the Crunch since his acquisition.

First Period
12:49 SYR Froese (26), (Ikonen, Vermin)
16:31 STJ Terry (23), (Hudon, Scherbak)

Second Period
14:29 STJ de la Rose (9), (Didier)(SH)

Third Period
2:30 SYR McGinn (5), (Taormina, Vermin)(PP)

1:40 STJ Hudon (22), (Audette)

Byron Froese was the game's second star.

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AHL Game Night: 3-10-17 Thunderbirds at Crunch

Wilcox's revenge.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
18:49 SPR Thompson (12), (Hunt, Balisy)

Second Period
4:13 SYR McGinn (4), (Froese, Thomas)

Third Period
0:45 SYR Froese (25), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)
10:04 SPR Greco (8), (McCann, Hawryluk)
18:15 SPR Greco (9), (Thompson)

Newcomer Byron Froese was the game's second star after finally getting into the lineup following his acquisition in the Brian Boyle trade. Ex-Crunch netminder Adam Wilcox was the game's third star after posting 29 saves.

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Lightning Trade Boyle to Leafs for Pick and Byron Froese

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Byron Froese (FRAYZ) and a 2017 conditional second round pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Brian Boyle, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The conditional pick in 2017 will be the highest second-round choice between the Maple Leafs’ own or previously acquired selections from either San Jose or Ottawa. The Lightning will assign Froese to the Syracuse Crunch. Also, Yzerman announced that forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond will be assigned to the Toronto Marlies.

Froese, 25, has appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season, posting two shots on goal. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has skated in 58 career NHL games, all with Toronto over the past two seasons, collecting two goals and five points. He made his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens on October 24, 2015. Froese scored his first career NHL goal on December 19 against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Winkler, Manitoba native has also played in 48 games with the Marlies this season, posting 24 goals and 39 points to go along with 18 penalty minutes. Froese paces the Marlies for both goals and points. He’s appeared in 195 career AHL games, registering 49 goals and 101 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes.

Froese was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round, 119th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft.

Byron Froese


Out of Organization
Winkler, MB
Acquired in a trade with Toronto on February 27, 2017
Last Team: 
Montreal (NHL)
Projects As: 
Hard-working depth forward

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Chicago Blackhawks
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Everett (WHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
2 years
Cap Number: 
$575 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$575 000
$575 000


Qualifies as a Group VI free agent on July 1, 2017

Scouting Report


A player who gives it his all every time he steps onto the ice, he can be used in all game situations at lower levels. Works very hard at improving his overall game.


Lacks ideal size and bulk for the NHL game, and he is somewhat limited in terms of overall talent for the highest level. So, he needs to find his big-league niche.


Hard-working depth forward.


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2006-2007 Garden City WHSHL- - -- -|        
 2007-2008 Pembina Valley Hawks Midget AAAMMHL23 14 2034 8|Playoffs11 7 714
 2008-2009 Everett SilvertipsWHL72 19 3857 30|Playoffs5 0 33
  Canada U18WJC-186 4 37 4|        
 2009-2010 Everett SilvertipsWHL70 29 3261 37|Playoffs7 3 25
 2010-2011 Red Deer RebelsWHL70 43 3881 37|Playoffs9 5 27
 2011-2012 Rockford IceHogsAHL57 4 610 17|        
  Toledo WalleyeECHL3 1 12 2|        
 2012-2013 Rockford IceHogsAHL9 0 22 4|        
  Toledo WalleyeECHL38 12 2133 12|Playoffs6 2 46
 2013-2014 Rockford IceHogsAHL28 0 55 14|        
  Cincinnati CyclonesECHL25 11 1021 20|Playoffs23 8 1725 20 
 2014-2015 Cincinnati CyclonesECHL17 8 1624 14|        
  San Antonio RampageAHL3 0 00 2|        
  Toronto MarliesAHL46 18 2442 26|Playoffs5 1 34
 2015-2016 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL56 2 35 16|        
  Toronto MarliesAHL4 3 03 0|        
 2016-2017 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL2 0 00 5|        
  Toronto MarliesAHL48 24 1539 18|        
  Tampa Bay LightningNHL4 0 00 0|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL6 3 47 4|Playoffs22 6 713
 2017-2018 Montréal CanadiensNHL48 3 811 26|        
  Laval RocketAHL13 3 811 6|        
 2018-2019 Laval RocketAHL- - -- -|        

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