Hes a Winnipeg Jets fan favorite, a mammoth and skilled defenceman whose star power stems from an at-times bullish unwillingness to back down from opponents.

But now, Dustin Byfuglien is set to go toe-to-toe with what may be his most formidable foe yet: the United States criminal justice system.

Monday morning, Byfuglien will appear in a downtown Minneapolis courtroom to argue his Lake Minnetonka impaired-boating case should be tossed out before a jury ever hears it.

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