Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien faced the media for the first time Friday since his recent arrest south of the border.
The 6’5″ Minnesota native made an appearance at MTS Centre following the team’s morning medical and physical tests.
Abiding by the advice of his lawyer, Byfuglien couldn’t say much regarding his time driving a boat on Lake Minnetonka while allegedly intoxicated. However, he did say he didn’t have any issues crossing the Canadian border.
Asked if his reputation will need any repair in the eye of public opinion, Byfuglien said, “I’m here to be myself. Once you get to know me, I’m just myself. I’m a good guy … you guys will enjoy this season.”
Another issue Byfuglien wouldn’t address? His weight. The blue-liner has previously been criticized for it, but says he has no problem with his current stature.
“You guys keep throwing numbers out there and having fun with it.”
When asked if he could provide a number, Byfuglien jokingly said, “No, just put whatever you want.”
“I’m just here to play hockey,” the 26-year-old added.
The Jets open up training camp on Saturday at MTS Iceplex.
— With files from Darrin Bauming