The Colorado Avalanche selected left wing Travis Barron in the seventh round (191st overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft last month. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward recently completed his second season with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League where he recorded 37 points on 13 goals and 24 assists in 60 games. Barron also went on to record six points (two goals, four assists) in the team’s five-game playoff run.
During the 2014-15 campaign, the Brampton, Ontario, native also appeared in five games for Canada White at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he registered a goal and an assist.
ColoradoAvalanche.com sat down with Barron shortly after one of the on-ice sessions at Avalanche development camp.
What has been your impression of Denver so far? Is it your first time here?
“Yeah, it’s my first time here. The first thing I noticed was the mountains, and how cool they are. You don’t see that in the Toronto area that’s for sure. It’s a beautiful city; I love it so far. It’s fun. The altitude is tough, but it’s been really nice today. I’m enjoying myself.”
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How would you describe being drafted by the Avs?
“Your dream growing up is to get drafted into the NHL. I did it, at least. It’s another stepping stone in my career. It means nothing now. You’re part of an organization, and you just want to keep going up that ladder. Hopefully one day I’ll be playing for the Avalanche here. You never know what’s going to happen. You just have to keep working.”
Was there any particular moment that made you know you wanted to be a hockey player?
“I’ve always played hockey. Every summer growing up that’s all I ever did, traveling the world for the game. It’s also part of my family, so it’s always been a big part of my life.”
When you're not on the ice, what is your favorite thing to do?
“I love to golf. I golf a lot with my buddies back home. If I’m not golfing, I’m at the cottage or hanging out with friends¬ and having some fun with them. I’ve got a good group of friends back home, and we’re always sticking together, having a blast. That’s what I like to do. So I’m on the golf course or just hanging out in the backyard swimming.”
What is your guilty pleasure band or artist?
“Justin Bieber, for sure. It's undercover; he plays in my car when I’m by myself.”
What are some of the major things you have learned in the past few seasons with the Ottawa 67’s?
“Ottawa is a great city. I’ve loved my time out there. I love junior hockey in Ottawa; it’s a blast. I feel like I’ve matured as a person and a player. Moving out there––it’s kind of far from home––at 15 or 16 years old matures you very quickly. So that’s the main piece, just maturing as a person. On the ice, I continue to learn as my young career develops. Everywhere I go I like to learn.”
Do you have any players that you try to model your game after?
“There are a lot of good players out there. My favorite player is Jamie Benn. I think he does everything well. He’s just a world-class player, and I look up to him. I wouldn’t say I play like him, but I would like to model my game after him in the future. If I just keep developing, hopefully one day I’ll be at his level.”
If you could deliver one message to the Avalanche fans, what would it be?
“I’m happy to be part of a great organization like this and to try to help win a Stanley Cup in the future. Hopefully one day that will come true.”