• In 2010-11, Baertschi led all Western Hockey League rookies in scoring with 85 points (34-51--85) in 66 games and was named the WHL’s Western Conference Rookie of the Year. In the 2011 WHL playoffs he ranked first among rookies and was tied for second overall with 27 points (10-17--27) in 21 games.
• He represented Team Switzerland at the 2011 World Junior Championships playing alongside Portland teammate and NY Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter (5th overall by in 2010). Baertschi had a goal and an assist in helping Switzerland finish fifth.
• Baertschi is one of four Portland Winterhawks ranked by Central Scouting this season -- he is joined by defensemen Joe Morrow (No. 12 ranked) and Tyler Wotherspoon (No. 40 ranked) and regular linemate Ty Rattie (No. 17 ranked). In 2010, eight players were drafted from Portland.
• Prior to joining the WHL, Baertschi split the 2009-10 season between the Zug Under-20 team in the Swiss Elite Junior A League and Langenthal with the Swiss National League. Baertschi also represented his home country playing for Switzerland at the Under-18 World Championships in 2009 and 2010.
NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins NHL player: Sidney Crosby Shootout move: “Backhand five hole” Goal celebration: “Nothing special, just a big smile” Video game: NHL '10 Movie: Next Three Days TV show: Tosh.O Actor: Mark Wahlberg Website: TSN.ca Pump-up song: "Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G. Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory Sport (other than hockey): Golf and soccer Breakfast food: Cream cheese bagel Superhero: Batman
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk