The Petersfield Motor Inn in Petersfield, Man. welcomed a surprise guest for their New Year’s Eve festivities.Petersfield is an hour north of Winnipeg. It’s also a preferred ice fishing destination for Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets players help student make it to her exam on timeByfuglien dropped by to enjoy a couple beers with fans after a day of ice fishing on Netley Creek, just minutes north of the town.“When he first walked in we were sitting right by the door, and my boyfriend said ‘Hey, there’s Big Buff!’” said Leslie Meek, who was at the bar the night of Byfuglien’s surprise appearance.“(Byfuglien) just looked at him and went ‘shhhh’.”
A patron at the Petersfield Motor Inn bar posing for a picture with Dustin Byfuglien on New Year’s Eve.Kim Blackburde Moore / Facebook
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Meek said it’s not the first time “Big Buff” has been spotted hanging out with the locals in Petersfield.“We saw him here a couple of years ago, I have a Byfuglien jersey and he signed it for me. He’s a really down-to-earth guy,” she continued.READ MORE: Jets’ Byfuglien sidelined for a month with lower-body injuryByfuglien hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury against the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 28, and is expected to be out for a number of weeks.Despite posing for dozens of photos with fans he didn’t appear to be 100 per cent, said the bar’s General Manager, Amrinder Mann.So Dustin Byfuglien was spotted in the Petersfield hotel, dressed in outdoor gear. This would lead one to think the leg/ foot/ ankle injury isnt too serious.
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“He was not feeling so great, he was injured and not walking properly, but he stayed in the bar for an hour and he had a good time, I hope.”WATCH: Winnipeg Jets to take on Calgary Flames as Tim Horton’s Classic comes to Regina