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Tyson Barrie Q & A

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Don't let Tyson Barrie's small stature fool you; the kid can play.  Currently listed at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Barrrie - at least on paper - is one of the smallest players on the Avalanche's active roster and is the team's smallest defenseman.  Of the team's eight defensemen, six stand six feet or more and weigh in over 200 pounds.  

But consider the fact that, as a rookie, Tyson Barrie is the Lake Erie Monsters' leading scorer.  The 20-year-old rookie paces the squad with 29 points (5g/24a) in 46 games and ranks fourth among ALL American Hockey League defensemen in scoring, as of February 6.  

His strong season earned him a spot in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic as the lone representative of the Monsters (Cedrick Desjardins was unable to participate due to injury).  Barrie scored one of the Western Conference's eight goals in an 8-7 shootout victory over the Eastern Conference. 
Tyson Barrie will make his NHL debut on February 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fresh off of his first practice with the Avs since being recalled, Tyson sat down with for a quick Q & A session.  

Where were you when you got word that you were recalled?

I was laying in bed.  We had just arrived into Houston at 3:00 a.m. I went and got breakfast and was about to take a nap when, at about 8:30, my coach from the minors called me and let me know.

What was going through your mind when you got the call?
It was a weird feeling.  I didn't really expect it.  Everyone up here [with the Avalanche] was healthy, so it was kind of out-of-the-blue.  It was crazy and it's a weird feeling to explain, but it was one of the better feelings so far.

You were last here during the preseason.  Does that experience still sit fresh in your mind?
Yeah.  They were the first preseason games of my career and I thought I played well.  I didn't feel too overwhelmed so I think that's going to help going into tomorrow.

How has your experience with Lake Erie been so far?
My time in Lake Erie has been awesome.  Good group of guys down there, good coaches.  I think they've prepared me well for this.  It's been going well.  Hopefully I can make the best of it up here.

How was your first AHL All-Star Classic experience?
It was fun.  All the guys were having a good time with it.  So it was nice to come back, get the win, and get a goal there.

The Monsters aren't having the season they'd hoped for, but now you join an Avs team that's still very much alive in the playoff race.  Does that add more excitement? Nervousness?
I think the Monsters will be fine.  We've got a good team there that's well-coached.  Sometimes we play well but don't get the results.  But coming up here and being so close in the hunt for the playoffs is exciting and if I wasn't nervous enough already, that should do it for me.

Speaking of nerves, is it safe to say you'll have some butterflies when you make your NHL debut tomorrow night against the Blackhawks?
Absolutely.  I was nervous even before practice today, so I can only imagine what it's going to be like tomorrow.

You've been in Denver for a couple of days and you spend a portion of your summers here.  Where is your go-to spot for good eats?
There's a few.  We hit up Chipotle a lot and I like the cricket burger [The Cherry Cricket]. 

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
That's a tough one.  Dedicated, modest ...  ... you'll have to come up with a third one for me! [laughs]

One thing fans don't know about you?
I lived on a golf course my entire life and I never golf!

Favorite TV show?

Music artist/band that you like but will never admit?
The Biebs [Justin Bieber].  He's got swag.  **Landeskog and O'Reilly look on with amusement, before Ryan adds "He's my boy," in reference to Justin Bieber.**

If you weren't playing hockey for a living, what profession would you pursue?
I have no idea! I think I'd be trouble.  But I was always decent in school so hopefully I'd be able to work something out.

If you could describe Gabriel Landeskog in two words, what would they be?
Average beauty.
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