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Barrie Named WHL's Top Defenseman

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Tyson Barrie was named the WHL Defenseman of the Year after recording 72 points (19g/53a) in 63 games

(photo courtesy of Western Hockey League)
Avalanche prospect Tyson Barrie has been named the Western Hockey League’s 2009-10 Defenseman of the Year, it was announced Wednesday during the annual WHL Awards Luncheon in Edmonton, Alberta.

In his third full season with the Kelowna Rockets, Barrie earned the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the league’s top backliner after tying for the WHL scoring lead amongst defensemen with 72 points (19g/53a) in 63 contests. His 1.14 points-per-game led all WHL blueliners, as did his 53 assists.

Colorado’s fourth selection (third round, 164th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Barrie also posted a +11 plus/minus rating and scored 11 power-play goals.

The 18-year-old, who led Kelowna’s rearguards in goals, assists and points for the third consecutive season, became the first player in the 18-year history of the Rockets’ franchise to win one of the WHL’s major regular season awards.

A native of Victoria, B.C., Barrie twice earned Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week laurels in 2009-10 – once during the regular season and once in the playoffs. He also led all team defenseman in playoff scoring, totaling 11 points (3g/8a) in 12 postseason outings.

In 202 career regular season WHL games, Barrie has posted 170 points (40g/130a) to go along with a +33 plus/minus rating.

Click here for a full list of WHL Award winners.

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