(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves would like to congratulate Quinton Byfield on making his NHL debut. Quinton Byfield took to the ice for the first time in his NHL career with the LA Kings on Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks. At only 18 years old, Byfield is the 6th youngest player to ever suit up in a Kings jersey.
The 2nd overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft had four shots on goal and played 17:57 minutes including 4:20 on the powerplay. In the faceoff circle, Byfield looked very comfortable winning eight out of 12 draws. He played on the second line as centre with Adrian Kempe and Trevor Moore, using his size and skill to create opportunities.
Through 30 games with the Ontario Reign, Los Angeles affiliate team, Byfield has been a main contributor on the score sheet. He has recorded 22 points (10G-12A) which is tied for 2nd best on the team. Prior to getting called to the LA Kings taxi squad, he was ranked 9th in the league for most points by a rookie.
“We are really happy for Q. He played a great game and gave all Kings fans a preview of what they can expect from him,” said Rob Papineau, Wolves VP & General Manager. When I connected with him he was so grateful and appreciative of last night. He is a humble and terrific young man who also really appreciates what the OHL, the Sudbury Wolves and the city of Sudbury have all done to help him reach his goal.”
The former Jack Ferguson Award recipient and OHL Rookie of the year registered 143 points in two seasons with the Wolves and led the team in both points and assists for the 2019-20 season. In October of 2020, Quinton Byfield became the highest-drafted Wolves player since Mike Foligno who was drafted 3rd overall in 1979. Shortly after being selected 2nd overall, Byfield signed his three-year entry-level contract with the LA Kings on October 16, 2020.
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