Congratulations Tyson Barrie for being named the Western Hockey League defenceman of the year. The 19 year-old picked up the honour at today's Western Hockey League awards banquet in Edmonton.
Barrie is the first Rockets d-man to win the award, and is the first player from the organization to ever claim an individual league award.
Barrie led the Rockets in scoring with 72 points this season and tied Vancouver Giants 19 year-old Kevin Connaughton for the league lead in scoring by defenceman.
Barrie beat out Eastern Conference nominee Michael Stone of the Calgary Hitmen.
Barrie was taken 18th overall in the 2006 WHL bantam draft. A third round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2009, Barrie is expected to return for his fourth and final season of major junior hockey in 2010-2011. An odds on favourite to be named team captain, Barrie should also have a good shot of playing for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Once again congratulations Tyson for being named the Western Hockey League's top defenceman.
Shane McColgan (west nominee for rookie of the year) and Spencer Main (west nominee for scholastic player of the year) failed to win the league award. Congrats to Shane and Spencer for being named conference winners...no small feat in itself.