NHL PLAYER, Tyson Barrie
Born Jul 26, 1991 -- Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Selected by Colorado Avalanche round 3 #64 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Tyson Barrie is a Canadian defenceman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). Barrie previously played for and captained the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Barrie is the son of former NHLer and Tampa Bay Lightning former co-owner Len Barrie. He is from Langford, British Columbia, located on Vancouver Island, a suburb of Victoria.
After initially playing in the Midget AAA league with the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies, Barrie began his major junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kelowna Rockets at the tail end of the 2006–07 season. In his rookie season with the Rockets in 2007–08 season, he showed early potential as an offensive presence on the blueline, leading team defencemen with nine goals, 34 assists and 43 points.
Barrie's debut season coincided with the club's resurgence from the bottom of the B.C. Division to second place with a seven-game series first round playoff appearance in which he contributed with four points. At year's end, Barrie impressive rookie season was recognised with a selection to the CHL All-Rookie Team.
Barrie improved upon his first full season success to again lead all Rockets defenseman in points with 12 goals and 52 points in the 2008–09 regular season. He contributed with 18 post-season points in 22 games, including scoring the championship clinching overtime goal in game six against the Calgary Hitmen to help the Rockets capture the WHL's Ed Chynoweth Cup. Following a Memorial Cup appearance with the Rockets he featured in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.
In his first year of eligibility, Barrie was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was elevated by the Rockets to their leadership group when he was added as an Alternate Captain for the 2009–10 season. Barrie had an excellent third season with Kelowna, finishing the year tied amongst all WHL defenseman in scoring with 72 points in just 63 games. As a result, Barrie was selected to the WHL Western Conference First-All-Star Team, the CHL Second All-Star Team and was awarded the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the League's Defenseman of the Year.
On September 23, 2010, he was announced as the Kelowna Rockets captain for the 2010–11 season. With the focus to improve his all-round game, Barrie dropped his offensive output from his previous season, however still led all blueliners in scoring amongst the Rockets with 58 points in 54 games. He was again selected to the Western Conference First All-Star Team, and finished runner-up to fellow Avalanche draft pick, Stefan Elliott, in voting for the Bill Hunter Trophy.
On March 25, 2011, Barrie signalled the end of his junior career when he was signed by the Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract. He completed his tenure with the Kelowna Rockets to finish as the club's highest scoring defenseman in history with 228 points in 256 games.
After attending his third Avalanche training camp, Barrie made his professional debut in the 2011–12 season, assigned to the Avalanche's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. As a defenceman, he impressively led the Monsters in scoring at the midpoint of the campaign and was selected in the AHL All-Star Game, scoring a goal and helping the Western Conference to victory.
Shortly after, on February 4, 2012, he received his first NHL call-up by the Avalanche. He made his debut three days later on February 7, in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center. Barrie had his best NHL season to date in 2014-15, registering a career high 53 points. He also led the Avalanche in ice time for a non goalie with 1,709 minutes.
Barrie stars in Avs’ win October 06, 2017
Tyson Barrie provided a bit of everything last night from the blue line, as the Colorado Avalanche surprised the New York Rangers at home, winning by a score of 4-2. The 26-year-old offensive defenseman, who would eventually be named the 3rd star of the contest, could not have had a much better opening game. Tasked with being one of Colorado’s top two defenders, Barrie appeared up to the challenge, tallying 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist), 4 shots on net and 25:14 of ice time.
For more on Barrie and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com article here.